Icy at Dawn

Chunks of ice float in the waters of Lake Michigan at dawn (January 20th, 2020).
Bands of color above Lake Michigan (January 20th, 2020).
Rippled waves at dawn (January 20th, 2020).

Painterly Sky

Lake Michigan Vista with blue sky and white clouds - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
White clouds against a brilliantly blue sky above Lake Michigan (June 11th, 2020).
Vibrant clouds at sunrise above Lake Michigan - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
Vibrant clouds at sunrise (July 31st, 2020).
White spotted clouds against a blue sky above Lake Michigan - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
White spotted clouds against a blue sky (July 20th, 2020).

It’s been a dreary start to the New Year, apart from the infrequent snow flurries that quickly disappeared. The sky has been overcast and gray, which has me wishing for a break in this current weather pattern.

Here’s a few images from this summer, when June and July was magical.

Lake Michigan Themes

Lake Michigan sunrise with Chicago Skyline - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
A dynamic winter sunrise with the Chicago skyline (December 23rd, 2020).
Lake Michigan sunrise - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
A thematically similar fall sunrise on Lake Michigan (October 24th, 2018).

I’ve always enjoyed waking up for sunrise — they are absolutely beautiful to see in person (and it makes afternoon napping a little easier).

When you begin watching sunrises and sunsets on a continual basis, you start to notice patterns and similarities that are fun to discover.

Here are a few images with similar themes. A good mix of sunrise and sunset photographs, from this year and from 2018.

Lake Michigan sunrise - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
A pastel sunrise on Lake Michigan (June 27th, 2020).
Lake Michigan summer sunrise - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
A calm summer sunrise on Lake Michigan (July 10th, 2018).
Serene winter sunset - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
A serene winter sunset on Lake Michigan (December 9th, 2020).
Tranquil fall sunrise - Nature Photography by Michael Courier
A tranquil fall sunrise (September 13th, 2020).