Category Archives: Landscapes

Vol XXII – #7- Back Up On the Dunes

I headed South toward Gen Arbor and Sleeping Bear Dunes Trail this afternoon and stopped by Sugar Loaf Resort (or what used to be). The main chalet and hotel building is now completely demolished. Only a couple hotel buildings remain and only a single light pole and chairlift pole remain on the hill. From there, I drove down to the… Read more »

Vol XXII – #4- A St Patrick’s Birthday

Happy 89th birthday to the original Leland Reporter, Keith Burnham. Slàinte! Breaking:  I have confirmed with Fishtown Preservation that I will be at the Art Shanty again this year from 6/28-7/4 Thanks to everyone who has supported our project throughout the years. We all know how special and “one-of-a-kind” this area is and we have enjoyed bringing out that uniqueness… Read more »

Vol XXII – #3- Ice Windsurfer

I was looking through old photos taken by my Dad back in January 2005 for something to post to Instagram and ran across these, of an ice windsurfer! I don’t believe I ever saw one of these or knew it existed, but it looks like it works! Does anyone know who the rider is? Breaking:  I have confirmed with Fishtown… Read more »

Vol XXII – #2- Birkebeiner Festival

Not Leland related, but as we say, “Leland is where the heart is”. But this is a bit of inherited Norwegian culture that not many people have heard about and might find interesting. To say I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks is an understatement. I was with my girlfriend in Houston for a concert and to see a… Read more »

Vol XXII – #1- New Year Same Pandemic

Sorry for the long delay in posting, I was in Florida for the New Year and was pretty busy in January. The first week of February I was sick with Covid and although I’ve completely recovered, I thought it best to skip a month traveling up to Leland. The photos here were taken on my way back on my last… Read more »

Vol XXI – #48- Pierce Stocking and Windy Hill Moraine Hike

A couple inches of snow fell overnight replacing what we lost yesterday. My goal was to hike Leelanau Conservancy trails Shauger Hill and Windy Moraine, but ended up hiking up Pierce Stocking to the N Bar Lake and Lake Michigan overlooks first instead (having completely missed the Shauger Hill trailhead at the entrance to the parking lot). Pierce Stocking Drive… Read more »

Vol XXI – #41 – Calendars

The 2022 Leland Report Calendar is the 16th consecutive calendar we have put out. For the last 16 years, I have assembled 12 of our best photos from a huge number to choose from. This isn’t as easy as uploading 12 photos and having a printer print out X number of calendars. I manually edited every page, placed all the… Read more »

Vol XXI – #39 – Sleeping Bear Dunes Lake Michigan Trail

I’ve said it before, what a difference a day makes! I’ve never taken the hike all the way down to the big lake from the Sleeping Bear Dune climb before, so I took the opportunity today with bright blue skies and, better late than never, some puffy white clouds. I always thought this path ended at a steep dune next… Read more »

Vol XXI – #38 – Fall is Technically Still Here

Dreary, cold gray day today. The wind blew fierce last night, but was a little calmer today. I was working all day and didn’t get a chance to do any photography so I thought it might be a good day to revisit past Fall favorites from around the county. Tomorrow is a free day, so anything goes, maybe even a… Read more »

Vol XXI – #37 – Sister Ships and Whaleback Natural Area

Back in Leland to see what’s been happening. The Japanese Maples are the only trees still holding their color. Found two boats and a building in the Harbor parking lot. Looks like old friends will be spending the Winter together there. Carlson’s Fishery is the latest benefactor to an upgraded foundation. Took a hike up into the Whaleback Natural Area… Read more »