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The Upper Peninsula | Catching up with old friends: Lightscapes Nature Photography Blog

Kerry Mark Leibowitz’s musings on the wonderful world of nature photography

When it comes to locations outside northern Illinois and central Indiana, I’ve spent more time photographing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP) in the fall than anywhere else.  I’ve spent the equivalent of about four weeks photographing autumn in the UP, dating back to my first trip in 2002.  I was back again in 2003, 2006 and 2008.

Red Jack Lake, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan

Red Jack Lake, Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan

While I’ve shot in the western part of the UP, I’ve spent the largest share of my time around Munsing, which is in the north-central part of the peninsula, on the southern shore of Lake Superior.  The area is surrounded by the Hiawatha National Forest, and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and filled with lakes, rivers, waterfalls and other wetlands (including the relatively nearby Seney National Wildlife Refuge).

Elliott Creek, Miner's Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

Elliott Creek, Miner’s Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MichigaN

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A Song of #Lansing – Welcome to a new friend: luvlansing

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Lansing is full of interesting people, art, activities, restaurants, and so much more.  To some it might look like a plain small town; but there are treasures all around if you’re looking.  This blog is just a gathering of things that inspire and motivate me, and make me proud to live in Lansing.

If you are from the Lansing area and know of any events or activities coming up, or just want to share your favorite hotspots, restaurants or bars, drop me a line to let me know!  You can reach me on

Twitter:     @napaea

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This page is dedicated to the music scene.  I will add and update as time allows, sharing links that can help you get tickets or info on who will be where in the Lansing area, and beyond.  A great start for this is Eventful, if you haven’t tried it out.


The Avenue (previously the Gone Wired Cafe) ~ Schedule of events

The Loft Lansing

The Loft ~ Schedule of events

Mac’s Bar ~ Schedule of events

Uli’s Haus of Rock ~ Schedule of events

Another beautiful day in Lansing!  What will you be doing?

Well, if you haven’t decided yet, be-bop down to the Capital for the Classic Car Show.  Sunny skies, rockin’ tunes, shiny beauties in all their glory.  It’s a great way to spend the day, enjoy the weather and get a slice of Downtown Lansing!  For more info go to the REOlds museum site by clicking HERE

Thursday Tips: Going Solo | 1001 Scribbles

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In the fall of 2006 I drove to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a weeklong photo shoot. It was my third time to visit the area for photography, having shot there with a group of others in 2002 and 2003. This time, however, I was on my own. It would be my first overnight photo shoot alone. Since then, heading off for extended photo trips by myself has been the norm rather than the exception.

I feel that there are clear advantages, at least for me, that come with solo shooting and I want to share them, as well as some of the disadvantages that are an inherent part of heading into the field by yourself.

The most important benefit, as I see it, from going out with my gear by myself is…I end up with better images, on balance, in comparison with when I shoot with others.  I presume that this doesn’t apply to everyone, but it certainly was self-evident to me when I returned from that Upper Peninsula trip in 2006.  When I’m out by myself I’m able to focus entirely on photography, with no concerns about anyone else’s needs or desires.  I decide where to go, how long to stay, when to quit, whether to wait out the light, whether to go around the next bend in the trail, whether to see if I can find a better vantage point…you get the idea.  I’m in full control of everything, and I find that incredibly enabling and an undeniable boon to personal creativity.

If I want to return to a certain spot at a different time, no else has to agree to it; I just go.

If I want to skip dinner to take full advantage of evening light (something I almost invariably do when I’m on these shoots, by the way), I just skip it.

If I want to spend the “bad light” time in the middle of the day scouting a new location, I simply head off.

If I want to hike to an overlook in the dark to be at “the spot” at civil twilight, no one has to approve.

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