Aubrieta V. Hope Photography: Blog en-us (C) Aubrieta V. Hope Photography [email protected] (Aubrieta V. Hope Photography) Mon, 09 Aug 2021 03:39:00 GMT Mon, 09 Aug 2021 03:39:00 GMT Aubrieta V. Hope Photography: Blog 90 120 "Mission Point Lighthouse in Winter: Where the Road Ends and the Adventure Begins!"  

"Winter Moonrise, Mission Point Lighthouse""Winter Moonrise, Mission Point Lighthouse"A full moon rises above Lake Michigan on a very snowy night at Mission Point Lighthouse, Traverse City, Michigan.

Breath-taking scenery, a historic lighthouse, and outdoor recreation await at Old Mission Lighthouse Park, just 20 minutes from Traverse City, Michigan.  I published an article about this very scenic destination on  Click on the link below to view my article:

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"When Seasons Collide: A Story About an Upper Peninsula Snow-Fall"

As I write this post on January 7, 2016, a major snowstorm is moving across the Western United States, with forecasts placing it in the Great Lakes region by the weekend.  I can't help but hope that the predictions prove to be true!  I love how snow and ice transform dull brown landscapes into shimmering places of beauty.  So, although the storm is still a day away, I'm charging my camera batteries and planning my snow-ventures.  While I wait and hope, I'm remembering the Upper Midwest's first snowfall of the season, which happened last October.  At the time, I was camping near Munising, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, right in the path of the storm track.  Most people would not be delighted by the idea of snow arriving in the midst of a camping trip, but this one was special.  These snow squalls were targeting the southern shores of Lake Superior between Marquette and Grand Marais where peak fall color was blazing.  

When the snow began falling in the middle of the night, I could hardly sleep!  The winds were perfectly calm, and even in the dark, I could see that this snowfall was pure sparkle.  I wandered around the campground in the snow-glow, watching as snowflakes silently drifted onto the red and yellow trees, coating them with crystal.  I didn't have to wait for dawn to see that this storm would create spectacular shooting opportunities.  

"October Snowfall on H-58" by Aubrieta V. Hope

Long before sunrise, I was in my car on the way to my favorite place in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: the White Birch Forest, near Grand Marais.  But driving was difficult, partly because I don't have 4WD and also because I kept pulling over to take pictures.  Near Melstrand, on H-58, I stopped to capture the diffused light of early morning on the snow-coated trees.

"October Snowfall, Kingston Lake" photo by Aubrieta V. Hope

I was in a big hurry to get to the White Birch Forest, but this was a slippery snow.  After skidding and sliding around and taking a very close look at a couple of ditches, I decided to slow down. That's when I noticed Kingston Lake!  At least, I think it was Kingston Lake.  The sign said so, but it didn't look like the Kingston Lake I knew.  It looked like a fairytale storybook destination. Miraculously, instead of landing in a ditch, I had wound up at this mirrored lake, just as the skies were beginning to clear.   

Pat & Em Low Res (492)Pat & Em Low Res (492) "Candy-Colored Forest" photo by Aubrieta V. Hope

The beauty of Kingston Lake chased all thoughts of the White Birch Forest from my mind.  But soon the storm clouds drifted away and the sun emerged.  Oh my, sunshine!  I was running out of time!   I headed back to my car and hurried to the White Birch Forest.  Once I arrived at the forest, I only had about 20 minutes to capture the sparkle before the sun melted it away.  As I was photographing, I heard the snowflakes letting go, one by one. Soon, I was drenched by the second snowfall of the day - this one caused by temperatures that reached 50 degrees before noon.  But I was in no hurry to leave this magical place.  I wandered the candy-colored White Birch Forest long after the snow had vanished, enjoying the sounds and scents of a gloriously memorable October day.  



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"Photographer Profile by Brad Terry - published on the Fine Michigan Photography Blog" The fine Michigan landscape photographer, Brad Terry, featured me in his Photographer Profile Series which is published on his website:  His article includes more than a dozen of my favorite images and describes the circuituous route I traveled to become a landscape photographer.  Click on the following link to read Brad's article about my work:   

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"Five Reasons to Stay Out After Dark in Northern Michigan" by Aubrieta V. Hope

I love to photograph the night sky!  It's a peaceful and beautiful time to enjoy my favorite beaches and hilltops in northern Michigan.  I wrote an article for Pure Michigan that describes five reasons to linger outdoors up north after the sun dips below the horizon.  

Very few places on earth are as beautiful and melodic as northern Michigan after sunset.  The night sky beckons us with a million, twinkling reasons to stay up late.  And, the wild creatures call us as well.  Coyotes cry out from distant hilltops, their voices joined by cicadas, frogs, and songbirds.  Unlike many parts of the U.S., where city lights outshine the stars and traffic noises drown out the sounds of wildlife, the night is naturally dark and alive in northern Michigan. 

For the most vivid night skies, visit a park or rural area near one of the Great Lakes, such as Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, or Headlands International Dark Sky Park.  Spritz on some bug spray, pack a blanket and snacks, pop a headlamp on your head (the kind with a red-light setting), and try these ideas for experiencing the night sky ...

1.  Stay and Enjoy the Twilight Glow

Many people watch the sunset and leave, missing the beauty and peace of twilight.  If you can, stay for the encore!  That's when the sky catches fire, glowing red, orange and pink, the embers burning to charcoal, and deepening to blue until the stars emerge and night falls.  Listen to the music of the night, the chorus of wildlife, and the whisper of wind and waves.

 2.  Take a Walk in the Moonlight  

The sight of a full moon rising, casting a silver path across the water is mesmerizing. In open areas, such as beaches or dunes, even a waning moon shines quite brightly.  Wander at will, but bring along your red-light headlamp to preserve your night vision in case you need extra light.  

"Strawberry Moon Over Glen Lake""Strawberry Moon Over Glen Lake"The full "Strawberry Moon" rises over Glen Lake as seen from atop The Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.

3.  Catch the Northern Lights

What can be more memorable than seeing the northern lights sweep across the sky?  To increase your chances of catching them, spend time in a dark, open area with a clear view to the north.  If you notice the northern horizon brightening just after nightfall, stick around!  It just might be the northern lights. Many websites and phone apps provide northern lights forecasts.  I use and 

4.  Look for Ghosts in a Ghost Town

Michigan has a surprising number of ghost towns that are spooky-fun to stroll at night (unless prohibited). The past always seems much closer after dark!  My favorite ghost towns are at Glen Haven and South Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  I’ve not met any ghosts there (yet).  But, I have seen beautiful night skies above each.  (Glen Haven is a great place to watch the northern lights.)  For lists of ghost towns, check out or

"Starry Night at Old Hotel, Glen Haven""Starry Night at Old Hotel, Glen Haven"A spooky night scene at the Sleeping Bear Inn, Glen Haven Historic Village, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan.

5.  Make a Wish Upon a Falling Star

You won’t need a telescope on a clear, moonless night in northern Michigan to see the stars.  But you will need lots of wishes: falling stars happen all the time!  Sometimes, as in this scene, shooting stars and the Milky Way appear simultaneously.  This year, the best nights for wishing will be August 9-13 (during the Perseid Meteor Showers). Visit for more info.  







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"In Search of Superior Crystal: A Grand Island Adventure" by Aubrieta V. Hope

In early March 2015, I crossed Lake Superior at Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to visit the fabled ice curtains of Grand Island.  It was a chilly and risky trek over a mile of snow and ice.  My photographer friends, Neil Weaver, Craig Sterken, and John McCormick made the crossing as well. The experience was so memorable that I wrote an article for Pure Michigan's website featuring images from each of us.  


In Search of Superior Crystal

by Aubrieta V. Hope

(originally published on Pure Michigan's website)

In the heart of winter, when the drifts are as high as houses and snow-dusted pines line the roads, photographers travel to the Upper Peninsula in search of crystal.  Not antique-store crystal, but Superior crystal, the kind that occurs when the north wind turns every drop of open water into something sparkling and new.  During the coldest months, the great lake freezes, heaves and breaks, forming mountains of crystal rocks, so tall they seem like permanent landforms.  Ice bergs and volcanoes rise in the harbors and bays, reflecting all the colors of the sky.  Waterfalls slow from a rush to a trickle, building columns that bubble and sing.  And, on the sandstone cliffs, springs that flow unseen in the summer months create glittering ice curtains. 

During winter’s last stand, at the very beginning of March 2015, I headed north to find Superior crystal.  My trip was inspired by winter photographs of the U.P. that I’d viewed online. I’d seen dramatic images of enormous frozen waterfalls, great Superior ice fields, and shining rivers wreathed in morning mist.  I wanted to experience and photograph all those scenes, but more than anything, I wanted to see the legendary ice curtains of Grand Island in Munising Bay.  These immense, aqua blue ice curtains form when cold temperatures freeze the springs that seep from the island’s rocky cliffs.  It can be tricky to get to the ice curtains, though.  The island is not accessible most winters because the currents are strong in the bay, preventing adequate ice buildup.  During 2015's historically cold winter, the bay froze sufficiently to allow foot traffic. For awhile it looked like Grand Island would not be accessible, but February’s arctic blast arrived just in time. 

When I heard that people were safely crossing from Sand Point, I got ready to go, too.  Some were crossing on snowmobiles, others on foot or on cross-country skis.  I donned snowshoes and piled my camera gear into an old plastic saucer-sled rigged with bungee cords.  The crossing took me about half an hour, but I expect the memories to last a lifetime.  My photographer friends, Neil Weaver, Craig Sterken and John McCormick made the crossing too.  Here’s a glimpse of what we discovered. 

Aubrieta V. Hope is a landscape photographer with a special interest in northern Michigan and a life-long, incurable affection for winter!  To see more of her images, visit her website,


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"Autumn Sunrise at Lake of the Clouds: The Story Behind the Shot" "Autumn Sunrise at Lake of the Clouds: The Story Behind the Shot"
 By Aubrieta V. Hope, originally published on Northland Adventurer's website 

Maybe there are prettier places than Lake of the Clouds Scenic Overlook in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  And maybe there are better times to visit than October when mild days and cool nights paint the hillsides with brilliant color.  But, as a landscape photographer, I haven't found a better place or a better season. 

In the fall of 2013, I headed to the Porkies with my tent and waited out five days of rain in hopes of photographing a sunrise there.  On the sixth day, I got my chance.  Though I arrived long before dawn, I was amazed to find a large crowd of photographers already gathered, waiting for the light.  Shooters were shoulder to shoulder, four or five deep on the main overlook (where all the pretty calendar pictures are shot).  I took in the scene: headlamps, knapsacks, camera gear, coffee cups, and conversation.   On the rock outcropping above the main overlook, photographers were lined up like skirmishers ready to defend the hill.  I wasn't even fully awake and yet, here I was, lost in the tripod forest.     

Everyone was friendly, but it was tough to find a shooting position.  So, I scrambled down the rock in the dark, dropping below the outcropping.  Then, I jumped up and down, waving my arms and called to the skirmishers on the hill, "Can you see me?"  They hollered back that they could not see me.  I wasn't in anyone's line of fire.  I had found my position.  As I set up, the night sky brightened and a dense mist rose from the river valley, sweeping across the lake and the hills beyond.  I tried compositions and checked my exposure.  I figured I was ready to shoot.  But when the sun broke across a saddle on the distant hills and flooded the mist with smoky color, it took my breath away, emptying my head of everything but wonder.  I could barely press the shutter.   

I thought about the shooters above me and hoped that somebody up there was good enough to capture the scene.   In every direction, the sunrise drama was unfolding.  The mist shifted continuously, changing the light, sometimes blocking the sun, bathing everything in pink and lavender.  Moments later, the mist drifted away from the sun, and golden light hit every tree, rock and ripple on the lake.  I crept forward, tracking the mist that was chasing the sun.  With the mist as a magic filter, the beauty did not end with the dawn.  I shot a long time, until the mist faded away completely.  Climbing back up the rock in the bright light of day, I was sure I had captured nothing on my memory cards that would convey what I had seen.  So, I recited what I always tell myself after an uncertain shoot:  You were there.  You saw it.  Maybe you didn't get the shot, but you were there.    

A couple of years later, my best shot from that morning was selected as one of the winners in the "Pic Your Path" contest sponsored by the Upper Peninsula's Facebook page.  (Ultimately, that win resulted in a free trip to Isle Royale National Park, sponsored by, but that's a story for another day!)

This image has received quite a lot of attention online and is now featured on the Explorest app.  I'm delighted to share my picture with others who love the U.P.  My shot is true:  the clouds really were that dramatic and the mist actually was that golden.  But I have to say that, honestly, my picture doesn't even come close to showing the beauty of that smoky October morning at Lake of the Clouds.  However, I was there.  I saw it, and so too, now, in a little way, have you. 


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"Destination Snowshoe: Winter Fun at Sleeping Bear Dunes" Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sparkles in winter!  Although the summer crowds have vanished, the scenic drama continues. Strap on a pair of snowshoes and meet your inner explorer! Snow season is an especially lovely time to visit the Park's woodland trails, Lake Michigan beaches, and scenic overlooks.  I published a story on Northland Adventurer with images and ideas to inspire a fun winter getaway at this beautiful national park.



"Destination Snowshoe:  Winter Fun at Sleeping Bear Dunes"

By Aubrieta V. Hope, originally published on Northland Adventurer's website

"Snowy Sunset at Empire Bluff Overlook""Snowy Sunset at Empire Bluff Overlook"A colorful twilight at Empire Bluffs on a cold winter's night, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Michigan.

Though best known as a summer beach destination, Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore sparkles in winter! The crowds of vacationers have vanished, but the scenic drama continues.  Ice sculptures form on the beaches, every tree in the forest sparkles, and the dunes become snow-swirled works of art.  Traversing deep snow can be a struggle, but with snowshoes, those drifts are no longer obstacle courses.  Strap on a pair of snowshoes and meet your inner explorer!  Blaze your own trail!  Over the next hill or through the woods, snowshoes take you where you want to go.        "Snowshoe Sunrise at Sleeping Bear Dunes""Snowshoe Sunrise at Sleeping Bear Dunes"A wintry sunrise reveals the intricate details of a snow-covered sand dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes, near Sleeping Bear Point.

Snow season is an especially lovely time to visit the woodland trails, Lake Michigan beaches and overlooks at Sleeping Bear Dunes.  With the absence of songbirds and vacationers, these scenic areas are quiet, but you won't feel alone.  Throughout the winter season, shy creatures venture out and stitch mysterious tracks in the snow, revealing the presence of wildlife that summer visitors rarely notice.  Some of the prettiest panoramic views can be seen from the Pyramid Point and Empire Bluff trails.  If you're up for a longer hike, consider snowshoeing the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.  It's closed to vehicular traffic in winter, so you won't have to dodge any cars on your trek.  Another spectacular snowshoe destination is Sleeping Bear Point, accessed by the Dunes Trail just west of Glen Haven Historic Village.  The Lake Michigan shoreline also offers amazing scenery, and snowshoes provide good traction for traversing icy beaches. Wander at will, but use caution.  Never venture onto the lake, even if it looks frozen.                "Dunes Sunset""Dunes Sunset"Vibrant twilight colors over the icebergs near Empire Bluffs at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan.  A good place to begin your Sleeping Bear Dunes snowshoe adventure is the lakeside village of Glen Arbor, centrally located at the heart of the national lakeshore.  Glen Arbor is tiny but vibrant, even in winter.  You can rent snowshoes and poles from Crystal River Outfitters (  Stock up on snacks at Anderson's Market (full-service grocery and deli) or at the Cherry Republic (cafe and market).   If you're hungry for something more substantial, grab a booth at Boonedocks restaurant or at Art's Tavern.  Once outfitted and fortified, you can snowshoe from Glen Arbor to the Dune Climb, Glen Haven Historic Village, or the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive via the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.  This recently-constructed paved trail begins just a few blocks from downtown Glen Arbor and runs 9 miles to Empire.           

Ready to explore?  Every Saturday afternoon throughout the winter months, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers ranger-led snowshoe hikes which begin at the Visitor Center in Empire.  If you don't have your own pair of snowshoes, you can borrow them free of charge for the afternoon.  Advance registration is required; call (231) 326-4700 x 5010 to sign up.  For detailed trail information and maps, visit 

"Dunes Snowscape""Dunes Snowscape"A snow squall approaches the dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes near Empire, Michigan.
















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Munising, Michigan: A Superior Shore "A Superior Shore"

By Aubrieta V. Hope, originally published on Northland Adventurer's Website

"Those who have never seen Superior get an inaccurate idea, by hearing it spoken of as a lake. 

Though its waters are fresh and crystal, Superior is a sea."   

Reverend George M. Grant, 1872 

Lake Superior is vast, inspiring and inviting.  It is a place of quiet beauty, and it is a place of dazzling transition.  Sometimes Superior is still, and sometimes it curls into massive waves that thunder against sand and rock, carving mysterious caves into sandstone cliffs.  On stormy days, the light changes quickly, with dark clouds yielding to double rainbows, here and gone in a flash.  On sunny days, when the wind is calm, diamonds glitter across its surface and its coves are Caribbean blue.  Superior has a way of holding your gaze, whether the day is mild or freezing.  Within a stone's throw of this great lake, the land is surround-sound glorious.   

As a landscape photographer, I am naturally drawn to Lake Superior, especially near Munising in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  I travel with my tent and camp at water's edge, listening to the waves at night.  On clear mornings, I rise before dawn, photographing the sun as it washes the shore with warm light and casts Superior's diamonds into gold.  I breakfast on wild blueberries, and  hike miles along the shore, just to discover what it looks like around the next bend.  Most nights, I stay out late, long past sunset.  One August evening, I saw the sky brighten moments after darkness fell, then watched the northern lights dance above Superior for hours.  

There is no better place to experience Superior's shores than the area around Munising, Michigan.  Located at the very heart of U.P. adventure,  Munising is the gateway to dramatic scenery and family fun.  With Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Hiawatha National Forest, and Grand Island as neighbors, the possibilities for recreation and renewal are almost endless.  Miles of hiking trails, towering colorful cliffs, more than a dozen waterfalls, several historic lighthouses, and thousands of acres of forest beckon.   

Launch a kayak, sling a backpack over your shoulders, strap on snowshoes, catch a boat tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, lift a pair of binoculars, or just spread a picnic blanket on the beach.  Munising has everything (except crowds and traffic jams) and offers small-town hospitality year-round.  To plan your visit, check out or   

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Four Photos That Will Convince You to Strap on Some Snowshoes and Explore" Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is gloriously beautiful ... and silent ... in winter.  One of the best ways to access that beauty without disturbing the silence is to set off on snowshoes.  I published a blog on Pure Michigan's website to inspire snowshoe adventures at the "Most Beautiful Place in America".  "Snowshoe Sunrise at Sleeping Bear Dunes""Snowshoe Sunrise at Sleeping Bear Dunes"A wintry sunrise reveals the intricate details of a snow-covered sand dune at Sleeping Bear Dunes, near Sleeping Bear Point. "Snowy Sunset at Empire Bluff Overlook""Snowy Sunset at Empire Bluff Overlook"A colorful twilight at Empire Bluffs on a cold winter's night, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, Michigan.

"Dunes Sunset""Dunes Sunset"Vibrant twilight colors over the icebergs near Empire Bluffs at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan. "Dunes Snowscape""Dunes Snowscape"A snow squall approaches the dunes along the Lake Michigan shoreline at Sleeping Bear Dunes near Empire, Michigan.

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"What Happens When Six Photographers Meet in Michigan's Upper Peninsula"

I published a blog on Pure Michigan's website describing some of my adventures while photographing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in October 2014.  It contained pictures by some of Michigan's finest landscape photographers, including:  Neil Weaver Photography, Craig Sterken Photography, Michigan Nut Photography, Michigan Waterfalls, and Kenneth Keifer Photography.

"Autumn in the Upper Peninsula:  A Tale of Six Shooters"

by Aubrieta V. Hope

(originally published on Pure Michigan's website)

Once upon a time, six shooters ventured north to the Tripod Forest, a fabled land of brilliant fall color in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  All were packing:  most brought Nikon's, but two carried Canon's.  They loaded up minivans, SUV's and 4x4's, bringing filters and flashlights, bug spray, raingear, ice scrapers, and backpacks.  About half of them planned to find a campsite someplace and the others made hotel reservations.  Some had never met, but were destined to.  A few of them hoped to cross paths somewhere.

It was late September and their only plan was to find and follow the color.  Frost was in the forecast.  The time was now.  The 2014 Michigan Fall Foliage Convention had begun!

Their program?  It all depended on the trees, sun, wind and cloud cover.  Some headed for the western U.P. first, others tracked to central inland areas.  In this rugged and beautiful land, photo opportunities crop up everwhere.  Cell coverage, however, can be scarce, especially in the remotest areas.  So, happenstance and coincidence tend to be the best, if not the only, methods of connection.  That certainly proved to be true for the shooters in our tale:  Neil Weaver, Craig Sterken, John McCormick, Phil Stagg, Ken Keifer, and Aubrieta Hope.

Over the next couple of weeks, with surprising frequency and with almost no planning, these six shooters ran into each other on rocky outcrops, at the end of nearly impassable two-tracks, in parking areas, and other likely and unlikely places.  They shared location tips, stories of shots taken and shots missed, and bucket lists of dreams on the front burner  There was no conference schedule.  Everyone had their own agenda.  But there was plenty of camaraderie and inspiration.  And, there were rescues, for example when Aubrieta fractured her ankle on a trail and was glad to be shooting with others at the time.  Outdoor photography is an unpredictable pursuit.  It's nice to have friends in the vicinity!  So, maybe this was more of a round-up than a convention, all these creative mavericks meeting on the beaches and overlooks, sharing tripod space and good light, and bagging some great shots.  


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"Back Roads and Time Travel: Discovering Sleeping Bear Dunes' Best-Kept Secret" The Port Oneida Rural Historic District is one of my favorite places to visit in Michigan.  I published a blog on Pure Michigan's website describing this wonderful area.  Here's the link to my Port Oneida blog post:

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