Vol XXI – #7 -Cherry Blossom Time

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Leland Report mothers out there. We love you all! Today is a day for flowers, so I planted some Belladonna Lillies that I transported up from Illinois, and went out into the orchards to get some cherry blossoms. I was surprised a week ago when I saw Sheen Watkins posting photos of full bloom… Read more »

Vol XXI – #6 -Snow Gauge Contest Results

Today’s main photo is by Mark Smith. He said that day was beautiful, but a bit chilly! The one above is from Keith’s 2017 May Archives. From what I saw on Instagram, you had a light dusting of snow, but not really enough to budge the snow gauge chart up at all. Final reading is 64.1″ for the season, which… Read more »

Vol XXI – #5 -Earth Day

Starting with Rachel Carson’s bestselling novel Silent Spring in 1962, the modern environmental movement began. The first Earth Day followed in 1970 as a global movement to stem the tide of pollution and damage we cause to this planet on a daily basis. The images today are from Keith’s 1970’s archives to  celebrate the first Earth Day. See the history… Read more »

Vol XXI – #4 -A Tale of a Table

Jim Carpenter posted the lead photo back in 2016 of the picnic table that used to be on the shore on South Beach. I came across the same table in November 2019 and found its legs were frozen into the beach. The plan was to come back when the sand was not frozen solid and dig it out. I passed… Read more »

Vol XXI – #3 -Hiking Kettles Trail and Bohemian Rd Beach

Took a hike through a now defrosted Kettles Trail with my daughter. The last hike was so icy, I seemed to be a much longer trail. But I also found I went off the trail on one part, following other’s footsteps in the snow and thinking, “Wow, this is a really steep and difficult trail!” Now I find I was… Read more »

Vol XXI – #2 – Beach Shadows and Waning Spring Ice

North Beach shadows and waning ice. In the spring, the sun shines one one side of the driftwood on the breakwall, leaving the other side in shadow. The shadow side melts last, leaving a nicely framed outline of the driftwood. The main photo just looked like a howling wolf.

Vol XXI – #1 – Into the 21st Year

Into our 21st year. So, technically, this it the 20th anniversary of the Leland Report! It has been a beautiful ride to this point and no doubt you have seen the changes. We are currently looking at what the Leland Report is going to look like going forward. I am in the process of relocating to Leland, and whether that… Read more »

Vol. XX – #268- From the Lens of Erhardt Peters

A couple of oldies, but goodies! From the lens of Erhardt Peters way up above Lake Leelanau looking West, date unknown, but you can plainly see the foundry in the background across the river. In the aerial photo, you can see the undeveloped land along the river and the golf course. The view below of Fishtown from Pearl St. Snowfall… Read more »

Vol. XX – #267- Keith’s St Patricks Birthday

  Happy St. Patrick’s Day and 88th birthday to our Leland Reporter, Keith Burnham! Painting by the late great Fred Petrosky.         If anyone would like to highlight a photo or two, send it and a short paragraph to: support@lelandreport.com  OR post it to our Facebook Page @theLelandReport.

Vol. XX – #266- A Beautiful Day Near Platte Bay

As I headed back down to Illinois, I took a chance on some two-track trails I passed by on past trips up M22 near Esch Rd Beach. Leland Report Jeep  #2 meandered slowly through the old pine plantations and eventually past Deer and Bass lakes. I’m definitely going back in the Summer and Fall in Jeep #1.    The sky… Read more »