Category Archives: Landscapes

Vol. XX – #235 – A Covid Christmas Eve

(Report by Jim) We were wondering if we’d have a white Christmas after that rain yesterday, but we made up for that a bit today with an inch of snow up in Leland.  PSA: On a hike through Clay Cliffs Natural Area today, I saw more an more graffiti carved on the birch trees. Please, do not deface these beautiful… Read more »

Vol. XX – #234 – A Slow Day

(Report by Jim) Most of the snow that fell yesterday is gone now with the rain today. I’m getting the snow gauge contest ready to go for the 20-21 season. Check out the Extras menu on Friday to enter. Check your almanac, read some tea leaves, consult your local psychic, but odds are they will all be wrong! Last year’s… Read more »

Vol. XX – #233 – Meggen’s Monday

A Sunday drive along M-22 presented a few moments to take in the waves crashing on the steel and concrete pilings that protect the Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort. No ice is forming there yet, because our temps have been well above freezing. The spray from the waves was catching the light in such a fashion that, from right up… Read more »

Vol. XX – #232 – Big Red One Last Time

(Report by Jim) For several years, I have been driving up to Leland every month. If the weather is right and I have nice puffy white clouds, I’ll stop at various lighthouses up the coast. One of my favorites is the Big Red Lighthouse in Holland. It has become more and more restricted over the years, as private residences have… Read more »

Vol. XX – #231 – 2021 Calendar

  (Report by Jim) At this point, I can’t guarantee calendars will make it anywhere before Christmas, especially this year. I purposely bought less knowing sales would be lackluster, but I still have a bunch ready to go. You can get a calendar at Leelanau Books in Leland or online Get your 2021 Leland Report Calendar Online Here’s a summary… Read more »

Vol. XX – #230 – Low Water Time

(Report by Jim) Today’s Report is a throwback to 2011 when the water was low enough you had to jump down onto the deck of the Joy. There was also a shoreline!. Biscuit enjoyed those days, but he does not get down to the beach as much anymore. You probably have noticed a decline in the daily reports. After 20… Read more »

Vol. XX – #229 – Meggen’s Monday

Greetings from up north, where we have had our first real snowfall. It turned the woods into a magical place, with tree branches bowed low under the wet snow. I’ve been walking outdoors as much as possible. These are scenes from three different walks in the past week; all but the last were taken within the Sleeping Bear Dunes National… Read more »

Vol. XX – #226 – Leland Report Visits the Observatory

(Report by Jim) We got to go visit an observatory, well, sort of. When I saw I was shipping a calendar to the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, TX, I had to ask the recipient to send me a picture of the calendar with the observatory. This is Steve Janowieki, who got a calendar for his parents in Suttons Bay…. Read more »

Vol. XX – #225 – Making a Splash

(Report by Jim) Here are some of the shots I was able to get on my return to Illinois on Saturday. In no particular order (each one has the location underneath), the swamp near the Little Red Schoolhouse, Point Betsie, Frankfort Pier, and Portage Lake. A windy day to say the least!   The Leland Report 2021 Calendar is shipping… Read more »

Vol. XX – #224 – Meggen’s Monday

  The Leland Community Cultural Center/Old Art Building has put up a wonderful display of Christmas trees on the lawn, complete with lights and decorations. It was a delight to wander among the trees and also see the full moon peeking through the clouds. Many thanks to all at the OAB for this celebration of lights! (Pro tip: check out… Read more »