Author Archives: Jim Burnham

Vol. XX – #195 – More Color While I’m Still Here

(Report by Jim) Not just Leland! Although I love Leland, it’s the entire peninsula that draws me in. I took Center Hwy down to Traverse City to get some things and shot some on the way there an on the way back. BTW, if you take Center Hwy, watch your speed, the sheer number of people in the county prompted… Read more »

Vol. XX – #193 – Busy Day

(Report by Jim) When I’m here during the Summer, I like to jump in the lake every morning. I’ve never swam in October and probably will never again! Even with a warmer SE wind this morning, the air and water were a brisk 50F at most. It was a good day to put away boats and take care of dead… Read more »

Vol. XX – #171 – Mountain Biking and a Cruise

(Report by Jim) Took the day off today to try out the mountain biking trail at 45 North vineyard on Horn Rd, behind the Government Center in Lake Leelanau. Very beautiful view and a strenuous 1.3 mile course with an easier trail next to it.  After 45 North, we headed down to the Leelanau Conservancy’s Palmer Woods mountain bike trail… Read more »

Vol. XX – #170 – The Wind and Leelanau State Park

(Report by Jim) The weather has rarely disappointed this year, today being no exception! 30+ knot winds out around the islands in the afternoon and 20+ onshore from the Southwest gave us and opportunity to view the waves crashing from a different angle. We got a little wet on the big wall, but the waves were not breaching it. The… Read more »

Vol. XX – #169 – Paddling the Cedar River

(Report by Jim) Beautiful morning clouds on Lake Leelanau against the haze coming from the western forest fires. My sister Mary is coming to Leland from Oregon, which has been suffering from the fires along with California and Washington State. In the afternoon I finally got to paddle Victoria Creek (Cedar River) from Cedar to lower Lake Leelanau. Quite a… Read more »

Vol. XX – #138 – Kayaking on the South Side

  (Report by Jim) Beginning a “Not Just Leland” series. Got up at sunrise to kayak down to Victoria Creek on the beautiful southern end of Lower Lake Leelanau. You might notice a couple more items added to the deck after last month’s adventure, a bilge pump and paddle leash! I missed the entrance by a stretch, (I thought it… Read more »

Vol. XX – #137 – The Back of Whaleback

  (Report by Jim) A nice calm afternoon before sunset is the best time to take in the beach on Lake Michigan and take advantage of friends with a private beach! The location allowed me to send the drone a mile downshore with a unique view over the back of Whaleback. This will also help me compare the beach when… Read more »

Vol. XX – #136 – Morning On the Lake & Evening Over It

  (Report by Jim)   My morning swim/bath was interrupted by the sky show above me. Both directions were worthy of a photo, which is rare because I rarely shoot into the sun.   The Leland Report’s Islands 17 is rigged and ready to sail after some maintenance work. The mast is bent after a minor failure and crash onto… Read more »

Vol. XX – #135 – Blooms and Perseids

  (Report by Jim)   This is a combination of two days. Joanne’s garden is blooming nicely even though she has not gotten as much weeding done as she wanted. I saw more Perseid meteors shine last night around midnight than I have eTonight should be another show, I saw most of them off to the NW and West, but… Read more »