Night and Day

EditA post of night and day photos on Mackinac Island…

A few days ago, I decided to try my hand at night photography up at Arch Rock. After biking in near pitch black conditions, I managed to reach the Arch with my friend, Sara Wright, who is a professional photographer, and she shared some tips with me as we took photos. Unfortunately, the moon came out and lit up our photos too much! I thought I’d try editing the pics as dark as I could without losing the stars. All in all, we were outside for about an hour or so before we realized some kind of frozen fog was descending on us and it was time to go home. It was a fun first experience for me of taking pictures of the stars.
On our way back we somehow got sidetracked onto some new trails and ended up losing our way… I was a little embarrassed as I feel I should probably know the island better, but I just don’t go out past Sugar Loaf very much! That’s basically where we got lost, and found ourselves on a gravel road out near the airport. But we kept going, the road eventually meeting up with a main road and we made our way home. It was definitely an island adventure!

The next day, I packed up my bags and headed off the island to spend Easter with my parents and sister. Although it’s still cold, the views recently on sunnier days has been great! Especially when the lake is involved. I always forget how clear the water is this time of year… anyway, I had to take a few photos around the boat dock before heading off the island:

– Heather

Spring Wanderings

The April Showers have definitely started up this weekend, as Michigan got its fair share of thunderstorms. Actually, I enjoyed the sound of the thunder falling asleep last night. As for this weekend, I spent some time outdoors and wandered out towards the side of the island that I don’t get into much, finding myself in some kind of miniature adventure.

On Saturday, I headed to St. Ignace to drive my car around and buy some groceries. It was sunny at the time and I took the opportunity to catch a photo of the bay and the lighthouse passage:


Catching a glimpse of the Grand Hotel as I head up to Pontiac Trail
And on Sunday, biked out on the North end of the island, out past Arch Rock and mile marker 2 to reach Lake Shore Nature Trail. It’s a short trail, but such a cute little pocket of Mackinac. There’s even a wooden walkway that splits into two directions to make it more exciting, plus lots of trail markers to tell you about the surrounding nature. I highly recommend a stop here if you ever find yourself biking around the island!

Lake Shore Nature Trail

A side view of the island as I biked back towards town


I hope you’re all enjoying Spring in your own hometowns! Here’s to counting down the days to summer!

– Heather

A Mackinac Island Winter

Have I really gone three months without blogging? 

Yes. Yes, I have.

This winter hasn’t been anything extreme in any way to me. We didn’t get dumped with an amazing amount of snow, it didn’t really get too cold, nothing out of the ordinary happened… I guess I just ended up spending a lot of time enjoying Mackinac Island on my own. I find that I can get too cynical when I hear others say how in love they are with the island, how magical it is, how blessed they are. I’ve gotten too caught up in work and stress that I wouldn’t allow myself to enjoy the fact that all of statements above are completely true for me, too. 

So instead, I just tried to spend a little more time offline, focused more on photography, and tried to find the best about Mackinac Island and why it makes me feel blessed. I took a lot of great photos… and personally, I made sure to spend some of that time focusing on my health, enjoying the outdoors, finding more passion in my work, spending time with great company, and just living.

Now that’s not to say that I haven’t been posting any pictures online… they just haven’t been on my blog, and I’ve been uploading island photos on my Instagram account, @heathermay.xo (you might notice those pictures in the sidebar). 

Anyway, now that we’re in the month of April and all of the snow is gone, I decided not to let the remainder of my winter photos go to waste and will post them below. 

Below you will find winter photos from January through March of this year. 

Please enjoy πŸ™‚

– Heather