“The whole world is, to me, very much “alive” – all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can’t look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life – the things going on – within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood.”
― Ansel Adams

I have always been fascinated with the beauty of rocks.  This summer, I was delighted to find so many gorgeous, colorful rocks to photograph along the beaches of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

My friends and I explored the Thorne Swift Nature Preserve ,which was located near the house that we rented for the week.  One of the highlights of the preserve for me was the beach area.  I spent as much time as I was able photographing the waves as they made their way onto the rocky shore.

 

Rocks, Water, and Sky

Rocks, Water, and Sky

The place I was most fascinated with the rocks was at The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point.  The beach was covered with incredible, colorful rocks.

Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

Rocks, Rocks, Rocks

 

Explorer

Explorer

Sometimes, I find mistakes can make interesting images.  Unexpected movement during this exposure gave a soft feel to the rocks.

Color and Texture

Color and Texture

 

Incoming

Incoming

I found the contrast of the wet and dry rocks quite intriguing.

Contrast

Contrast

Visitors to the beaches spent time admiring and collecting rocks.  In my travels I found a pan filled with rocks that someone had collected.  I wonder if they came back to retrieve them.

Rock Collector

Rock Collector

I was captivated by the beauty of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.  I hope someday to have the opportunity to go back and spend more time exploring this amazing area of my country and marveling at the beauty of the rocks.

 

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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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    Beautiful rocks! Reminds me of our rock unit in first grade! Remember the exhibit that came to us and the kids panned for jewels! 😀❤Great pictures Mary! ❤

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Frances! We still do the gem mining experience each year. The kids love it!

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