Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, the arrival
I got an early (for me after working 2nd shift) start, and hit the road before 10 AM. After a stop to photograph the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, I arrived at the campground that I had chosen for the weekend, Ossineke State Forest Campground.
That reminds me, at the lighthouse, I shot this male American Redstart.
I was a little surprised to see so many campsites available at the campground, since it was a holiday weekend. But, since many of the individual campsites were little more than small peninsulas of raised land projecting into either marshes or a cedar swamp, I can see why many people would reject this campground, something tells me that the mosquitoes could be unbearable for much of the summer. I’m sure that the heavy rains we’ve had this spring has made the campground to appear worse than it is in a normal year, but still, if I were to camp there in the summer, I would be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent, and be prepared to shower in it several times a day.
I found a high and dry site right on Lake Huron in the north unit, and promptly set up camp. I was a little leery of my site, it was number 13, and next to the grave of one A. J. Michalowsky, as you can see from this sign.
By the way, the B&W was an oops, as the bright sunlight made reading the LCD display of my camera difficult as I was switching settings.
Side note, I really could use a second camera body, I would have been switching lenses every few minutes this entire weekend to photograph everything to my best abilities. But, no matter where I went, or what I did, there were always birds around, as you will soon see. As it was, I left the Sigma 150-500 mm on the camera more than I should have, but if I had switched lenses every time I thought about it, that’s about all I would have accomplished this weekend.
Since I was in the B&W mode, I’ll throw in a couple of other shots that actually work in B&W.
The flowers that I had switched lenses for that got me to the B&W setting look blah without color, so they were deleted.
As I said, my campsite was right on the beach, so after getting camp set up, I strolled the beach looking for whatever I could find to photograph.
There’s a mile of beach there at the campground, so that means I walked two miles out and back, and it was time for a break. As I was sitting there relaxing, I noticed a trick of the late afternoon sun in the needles of some pines.
Then, it was back to the beach a second time.
I waited (and froze) until 10:30 PM for the moon to rise, as I really wanted to photograph the full moon rising above the lake, but I guess I picked a bad spot where it wasn’t in my line of sight. So, as cold as it was, and little else to do, I turned in for the night so I could get an early start on Sunday.
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!