Author Archives: Meggen Watt Petersen

Vol XVII – #240 – Meggen’s Monday

  A lone kite surfer enjoyed the fading sunlight and an end-of-season splash through the waves rolling in to Van’s Beach on Sunday. I spoke with kite surfer Mr. Larsen when he came ashore, and he admitted he was wearing three wetsuits to stay warm. (It was chilly just standing there, and I tried to warm up by an intrepid couple’s… Read more »

Vol XVII – #233 – Meggen’s Monday

Wind chill on the beach: wear a hat that covers your ears. It’s windy and wavy. Perhaps a little bit of sun today, but feels like late fall in Michigan. I was delighted to see a snowy owl land on a balcony in Traverse City over the weekend (below).                       … Read more »

Vol XVII – #226 – Meggen’s Monday

  Cue a few lines from Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a short story featuring a brave and persistent young gull, which Bach wrote in Leelanau’s Port Oneida farm district. So this gull could be distant kin to the ones that inspired the story. I can see why watching seagulls is satisfying (or watching them watch me, as was the case… Read more »

Vol XVII – #205 – Meggen’s Monday

A playful post for an October Monday, returning to still-above-average, but closer-to-average temps. Sometimes it’s fun to play with optics in a familiar place such as Fishtown. Three of today’s images are of a glass sphere, which captures its surroundings and presents them upside-down. So yes, the backgrounds are inverted to make the foregrounds inside the sphere, right side up. I… Read more »

Vol XVII – #177 – Meggen’s Monday

  Today’s photographs are made possibly by boats! Just after the pre-dawn (below), the 1,000-footer Stewart J. Cort moved northward through the passage, passing beneath the rising sun (top). We saw the sunrise on Sunday from the North Manitou side of the passage, which is a treat. On Saturday, I joined the crew of the Joy (the camera stayed in… Read more »

Vol XVII – #163 – Meggen’s Monday

A tranquil morning here. We’re thinking of friends and family in the stormy, windy, firey corners of our country. A special thanks today to those who serve as firemen and first responders – for everything they’re doing today and what they have done in the past. Sixteen years ago this morning, I was working in Washington, D.C. at the Department… Read more »