This is our view of Lake Michigan, along the coast of Milwaukee. We’re lucky: even though the front of our apartment faces west, the back of it faces east. And so we are afforded two spectacular views.

Since it’s been a while since I posted shots of the ever-changing lake – and I’m more in photo- and music-mode than reading- and writing-mode at the moment – here is a new group of them. Although a few are from 2010-11, most are from this year, culminating in a shot from this morning during our first snowfall of the season.

The eerie-looking pink-orange-purple one and the one before it were taken October 30, when Hurricane Sandy was expected to create 18-foot waves but didn’t.

As I’ve said before, the two things I love about our view are: 1) it is the same shot every time, framed by three buildings behind ours; and 2) viewed in this way, Lake Michigan – in combination with the sky over it – is like an ever-changing work of art, sometimes changing color and texture three or four times in one day.

I feel honored to document Lake Michigan in this way. I try not to take it for granted. Just as I am ever aware there is a moon in the sky, I am ever aware there is a lake out there.

For more photos of Lake Michigan from our place, see Part 1.



  1. I love this series, too–the constant view of the inconstant lake. How can you go wrong with such a willing portrait subject? Interesting how you placed what I call the “Ascension Day” shot (named for the type of picture that always appeared on my church’s bulletin on that Sunday), #13, right after the mysterious and threatening aspect brought by Hurricane Sandy. Seemed to symbolize a sort of redemption…

  2. Denise, I double-checked the date on the ascension photo, and believe it or not, it’s October 31, the morning after the pink-purple-orange. Pretty cool, huh?

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