Author Archives: Jim Burnham

Vol XIX – #240 – Crash!

(Report by Jim) As goes with motorcycles, so goes with drones. It’s not if you will crash it, it’s WHEN. I was all set up for an epic low altitude shore run of North and South beaches when I lost communication with the drone and it continued it’s errant course into the hillside. Luckily, I still had GPS communication and… Read more »

Vol XIX – #239 – Holly Pop!

(Report by Jim) Holly Pop! is back on at the Old Art Building from 10-4pm today and tomorrow 11/30. My old friend Kerry Satterwhite is ready to help you with whatever you need! And the reindeer is back! Don’t forget, if you want to save the shipping and get a great gift for someone this season, Leelanau Books has a… Read more »

Vol XIX – #238 – Thanksgiving Greetings

(Report by Jim) Happy Thanksgiving to the whole Leland Report family. I took a walk, then slide, down to South Beach today and I’m thankful that I was able to get back up! Starting tomorrow, Leelanau Books will have a stack of calendars for sale! The 2020 Leland Report Calendar is available for $15.99+$2 shipping! Click on the following link… Read more »

Vol XIX – #213 More of Fall

(Report by Jim) On the way back on my last trip, I stopped by the High Rollaways. I’ve posted a few photos from that morning. Here are some more. I made it a point this year to get to Leelanau at peak color, and I believe I missed it early by a week. But there was plenty of color to… Read more »

Vol XIX – #199 – A Colorful Day

Report by Jim Today was a day for having the drone up so I headed down French Rd and Gauthier, Lake Leelanau and up Bay Hill for some shots. I was planning on leaving for Illinois today, but lingered a bit too long. Tomorrow should be stunning as well, so I’m heading down M22 to Pt. Betsie and Frankfort, and… Read more »

Vol XIX – #198 – A Vintage Kind of Cruise

Report by Jim The Burnhams and the Shea family were Summer neighbors from the 1940s to the middle 90s. We were so close physically that I remember someone sneezing at one house and someone at the other house said: “Bless you”! It was quite a thrill today when Mike Shea texted me to say he was taking the Waterboy out… Read more »

Vol XIX – #197 – Views Up High and Down Low

Report by Jim Color is really coming out now. I had the drone out on official business and saw huge patches of red and orange all over the interior hillsides. Some of those shots will be tomorrow. I heard North Beach was a driftwood graveyard after all that wind, so I headed down there around sunset to see what was… Read more »

Vol XIX – #196 – Nice Day for Kite Surfing

Report by Jim Headed down to Van’s Beach when I saw some guys were kite surfing on the Manitou Transit Sky Cam. Out on the water is Dan Andrews, who caught some wicked air (do the kids still say that?). On the beach are Matt Larson and a friend of his who told me he just started kite surfing (I… Read more »

Vol XIX – #193 – Wet Rainy Color Tour

Report by Jim As you can see, someone got to drive the red jeep and it wasn’t me! My daughter and I headed inland to find some color. There is some down 667 through Maple City and M72 heading into Traverse City, but it rained most of the time, even sleeted some. I’m here the right week, though! Glad I… Read more »

Vol XIX – #192 – Color Starting to Pop

Report by Jim We had a very quiet, no delay trip up from Illinois today. (It helps when you leave at 5:30 am). The cold hit there as well, dropping down below freezing overnight. The cold weather seems to have started the color changing in earnest. But only inland, the photo above was just north of Big Rapids on 131…. Read more »