Author Archives: Jim Burnham

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 »

Vol XIX – #157 – Droned Up North

Report by Jim Leaving for Illinois this morning. I am going to try to drone a bit down state if the weather holds. There was some nice patchy sun up at the tip of the peninsula until it clouded over quite a bit. Always a treat to spend time up here. I’ll be back up for the color. Heading to… Read more »

Vol XIX – #156 – Fred Pretrosky Remembered

Report by Jim There was a show at the Old Art Building today celebrating the work of Fred Petrosky, one of our favorite painters who passed away last year. He loved to paint local characters, my Dad being one of them.  The building below on Center Hwy between Suttons Bay and Traverse City is marked as a historic site, but… Read more »

Vol XIX – #155 – What’s the Point

Report by Jim It’s been a couple of decades since I walked down the trail from the Pyramid Point Overlook down to the bowls. When I was a kid, people used to hang glide off the overlook. Now it’s a bit easier with parasailing. The wind was brisk up the side of the dune and provides needed uplift. Unfortunately for… Read more »

Vol XIX – #154 – Windy and Chilly but Sunny and That’s OK

Report by Jim A mixture of images from today (first image) the squall yesterday (2 – 4). I saw it coming over the Manitous on radar and was on the harbor dock when it came in. These are the last two shots before I had to run! But as it cleared, this is what was on the other side. This… Read more »