Lake Michigan ... ice cave sunset, photo by Ken Scott
Last winter some incredible ice formations piled up off Gills Pier. Leelanau photographer Ken Scott spent a lot of time photographing them and has published a book, Ice Caves of Leelanau. It features some of his best shots and essays by local author Jerry Dennis. Right now his books are mostly sold out (reprint coming in July) but you might be able to sweet talk one out of Ken - email him here.
You can also catch Ken's talk on the ice caves tomorrow from 4-6 PM at the Leland Township Library.
View the photo bigger on Flickr, see more in his Lake Michigan Ice & Caves slideshow and head over to kenscottphotography.com for some videos including the one below!
Via today's Michigan in Pictures - Leelanau's cherry orchards are still in bloom!
Blossoms & Bees, photo by Lee Lynn Awe
View Lee Lynn's photo background bigtacular and see more in her slideshow.
Here's your spring report via the eatdrinkTC Instagram...
Morels have been out for a week or so, and over the weekend they were joined by cherry blossoms. Both will be in full force all week and next weekend so if you've been considering a spring jaunt on the Leelanau Peninsula, now is the time!
In the early morning of Tuesday, April 15th, there will be a Star Party at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Via the Glen Arbor Sun:
As darkness falls on Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the glorious night sky becomes visible. A four-hour lunar eclipse is the feature for the National Lakeshore’s first Star Party of the year. This unique program will take place during the early morning of Tuesday, April 15, from 1:30-5:30 a.m., at the Dune Climb. Participants are asked to park in the row furthest from the dunes facing M-109. This Star Party could be cancelled during inclement weather; the decision is usually made a few hours in advance. Please call Park Rangers at 231-326-4700, ext. 5005, for a voicemail message with the decision.
All Star Parties are free. Participants need only purchase the Park Entrance Pass or have an Annual Pass displayed in their vehicle to join in the fun. Kids of all ages can participate in the Night Sky Junior Ranger Program
And from Michigan in Pictures, this eclipse kicks off a a four eclipse tetrad - four straight total eclipses (last one on September 28, 2015) with no partial eclipses in between! The four eclipses are this one, October 8 2014 and April 4 & September 28, 2015. Here’s the eclipse viewing times for Michigan – times for other time zones can be found on EarthSky.
The April 15th eclipse begins at 2 AM Eastern time when the edge of the moon first enters the amber core of Earth’s shadow. Totality occurs during a 78 minute interval beginning around 3 o’clock in the morning on the east coast, midnight on the west coast. Weather permitting, the red moon will be easy to see across the entirety of North America.
Eastern Daylight Time (April 15, 2014)
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 1:58 a.m. EDT on April 15
Total eclipse begins: 3:07 a.m. EDT
Greatest eclipse: 3:46 a.m. EDT
Total eclipse ends: 4:25 a.m. EDT
Partial eclipse ends: 5:33 a.m. EDT
Lake Michigan ... Earth Hour by Ken Scott
The Glen Arbor Art Association's Talk About Art continues with the words and iconic images of Leelanau County photographer Ken Scott this Thursday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the GAAA in Glen Arbor.
In addition to regular appearances on Leelanau.com, Ken’s work is seen weekly in The Leelanau Enterprise “Back Page" and on his own Ken Scott Photography Facebook. Ken is a self-taught photographer who has practiced his craft for 20-plus years and published five collections of images depicting Leelanau County and other northern Michigan places.
“Talk About Art” is a project of the GAAA. Presentations are open to the public without charge. No reservations required.
A little Leelanau deliciousness via our eatdrinkTC sister site...
eatdrinkTC is a culinary guide to Traverse City and the surrounding area. Every month we do our free eatdrinkTC Photo Contest that features a food/drink related prize. You can amazing wine & food pairing dinner, Bowers Harbor Vineyards' 2896 Vertical Dinner on Saturday May 17! It's a $200 value and totally free & easy to enter your photo on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!
Chef Jonathan Dayton of Black Star Farms snapped this photo for their upcoming Harvest Dinner on Wednesday, April 9th. The dinner is themed "Root Cellar Revival" and while the menu for these always depends on availability, here's what Jon is thinking...
- Beet – roasted red and yellow beets, almond tuile, fromage blanc mousse, beet verjus vinaigrette, pea shoots
- Celeriac – celeriac gnocchi, arugula cream, pancetta lardons, celeriac crumble
- Parsnip – vanilla bean parsnip puree, pan seared breast of duck, parsley oil, parsnip crisps, swiss chard
- Potato – potato sage mousseline, sweet potato gratin, grilled lamb tenderloin, fingerling confit, demi
- Carrot – carrot ice cream, candied ginger, pine nut brittle, carrot caramel
I had a chance to attend their last dinner. The theme was "Goose & Turnip" and Jon, Stephanie and the crew did a spectacular job - photos right here!
The hits just keep on coming from Ken Scott of Ken Scott Photography. Via today's Michigan in Pictures...
You may recall the Lake Michigan ice balls that was seen at the Sleeping Bear Dunes lakeshore last March. Well, they’re baaaaack. Here’s the explanation of how balls ice form that I put together from AIR PHOTO INTERPRETATION OF GREAT LAKES ICE FEATURES by Ernest W. Marshal & Frazil ice at Wikipedia:
Ball ice consists of roughly spherical masses of slush and frazil ice that accrete in turbulent water. Frazil ice is a collection of loose, randomly oriented needle-shaped ice crystals that form in open, turbulent, supercooled water. Lumps that form in the less turbulent zones are typically flattened discs, while those formed in the extremely turbulent zone near the shoreline ice where wave action is strongest form into spheres.
The author explains that ball ice is a feature common to all of the Great Lakes and can occur at any time during the winter where water turbulence breaks up a slush layer. You can read more about this in Great Lakes Ice Features.
View Ken’s photo bigger, check them out in his ice balls slideshow and see this shot with Ken in it for a sense of the scale.
Here's a great video of the iceball action via Glen Arbor Artisans!
Aurora Borealis ... over 'the Narrows' by Ken Scott
via the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center:
CME on the way...Want to see the Northern Lights?
We have completed initial analysis of the CME associated with today's X1 (NOAA Scale - R3) solar flare from Region 1944 (center disk) and have developed a forecast for a geoeffective event. Despite the CME not coming directly at Earth, a partial impact to the magnetic field that protects Earth is expected and a resulting geomagnetic storm as high as G3 (strong) levels is forecast to begin early to midday (UTC) on Thursday, 9 January (just after midnight to early morning hours EST).
It looks like we will have clearing late so you might want to set a 5 AM alarm! They also say that Friday night there's a chance of aurora if we get clouded out! More aurora info at Space Weather.
You can view Ken's photo bigger on Flickr and also check out an awesome time lapse from the October 2013 Northern Lights below!
Suttons Bay Floatilla 2 by Flying Still Photography
Interlochen Public Radio reports:
The Guinness Book of World Records confirmed Wednesday that Suttons Bay broke a record with Floatilla2. The August 31st event corralled 2,099 canoes and kayaks together on the bay creating a massive, multi-colored flotilla.
Organizer Kate Thornhill estimates the effort raised about $45,000 dollars for student programs in the cash-strapped local school district. She says she now hopes to boost the bottom line with sales of world record memorabilia.
The 2013 effort gains the record, despite a close call with disqualification. At the moment of the official count, a power boat got caught too close to the raft and winds pushed it into the Flotilla.
The raft needed to float freely in the water, tied together for at least 30 seconds to set the record. It could not be touching the power boat.
Thornhill says the world record was salvaged with proof from a high-definition video shot from an unmanned aircraft, proof they wouldn’t have had a year earlier.
Click here to listen to IPR's interview with Kate Thornhill and congratulations to Suttons Bay! You can get lots more info and commemorative gear from the Suttons Bay Floatilla Facebook.
We don't have the aerial video to share, but here's Elijah Allen's video from Floatilla 2:
"Fangs" (2008) by Harry Thomas
There's a Lake Effect Snow Warning in effect until noon EST Tuesday for heavy snow squalls after 9 PM and total snowfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches of snow possible through midday tomorrow.