Mackinaw City is located at the top of the lower peninsula of Michigan. This town can be very busy in summer but is mostly deserted in winter. A few businesses, restaurants and hotels are open year round but many close for the long and cold winter.
The ferry boats that transport visitors and residents to Mackinaw Island in summer, spring and fall are resting on land during the cold months when the Mackinac Straits and large parts of the Great Lakes are solid ice. This was a cold but sunny day and it can be a peaceful and quiet place when there is nobody else around.
The wind at any time of year can make this cold place even colder. Looking out over the huge expanse of ice and snow that cover these big lakes can make you feel being at the north pole. Or so one can imagine. Snowmobiles can make the journey from St. Ignace to Mackinaw Island over the ice for a few months every year.
The Mackinaw Bridge is always a magnificient structure to look at and take pictures of. The green bridge spans against the cool white color of the ice and snow make for some interesting photographic opportunities. These pictures were taken at the end of March and it is hard to imagine all this ice wil be gone in a few months and the ferry boats will make their journey to and from the island again.
Photography: Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 – Apple Aperture 3.6
All pictures copyright Frank Wulfers, please do not use commercially without permission.
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