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I pass this scene every time I drive from Boyne to Petoskey. I've been telling myself for two years "I need to stop, I need to stop and shoot this." Last year, the Trillium faded before I had the chance. This year, I made the time to do so and I'm elated that I did. There truly is pleasure in the pathless woods (or woods with a two-track running though them!) . . . . . . #puremichigan #puremittigan #michiganwild #michiganders #mittenstatelove #mittenlove #naturalmichigan #awesomemitten #greatlakesstate #upnorthmichigan #michigrammers #upnorth #boynecity #spring #northernmichigan #hikemichigan #midwestmoment #mlive #michiganawesome #nomadsofmi #gtliving #enjoymichigan #themittenstate #themitten #puremichiganders #puremittenpride #midwestcaptures #michiganderthreads #womenwhoexploremichigan #lovewhereyoulive

Oh the magical place they call “Up North”.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're lucky enough to call it home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What keeps us coming back?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The people, yes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The outdoors, love em.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The little town events every. single. weekend, you know it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I think it has something to do with the water.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The calm. The color. The sound.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The vastness of feeling like you’re at the ocean or strolling the beaches in the Caribbean.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I told Scott that wherever we live, I want to love it. I think we nailed it.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m telling ya friends, come on over to Northern Michigan, it’s a place you won’t forget!

Rocky skyline, from @bosexposures. * [The best part of lighting Turnip Rock was when the root vegetable Nazi came out to yell at me, threatening to call the cops and I asked him what law(s) I was breaking. He didn't have an answer and the cops never came to arrest me on felonious lighting or overly-decent exposure charges :) warm weather tbt!] * Want to get featured? Tag us, or use #photographersoftheup on your post! * #photography #feature #uppermichiganphotographers

.......and then the Fog rolled in! It’s always a surprise when I get out to the lakeshore, because you never know what Lake Michigan is going to do. When I left Traverse City the sky was blue with a few clouds, and when I got closer to the lakeshore it looked like a whole different world. The lighthouse looked eerily beautiful and I definitely was not disappointed. 🌫💦☔️ • • #puremichigan #puremittigan #puremichiganders #renegade_rural #rsa_rural #country_features #countrylivingmag #gtliving #m22life #michigansun #michiganders #michiganawesome #michiganoverboard #thegreatlakesstate #themittenstate #michiganderthreads #wearemichiganders #puremittenpride #awesomemitten #midwestmoment #only_in_michigan #michiganunsalted #capturingmichigan #natural_michigan #upnorthlive #mynorthmedia #greatlakesloving #greatlakesproud #greatlakeslocals #raw_lighthouses

A magical thing happened today! This is Peggy; I've posted about her before. She first showed up in our yard three years ago, with a missing foot. She has returned every year and she is usually alone--until today. My husband and I watched her walk around the house with this precious baby in tow! #interlochenmi #deer #fawn #wildlifephotography #michiganderthreads #puremichigan #puremidwest #naturephotography #naturalmichigan #landscapephotography #thegreatlakesstate #michiganoverboard #capturingmichigan #neverstopexploring #michigan_view #hikingnorthernmichigan #enjoymichigan #mittenexploration #exploremichigan #gtliving #michigan #michiganmoments #micoopcommunity #greatlakeslocals #michigan_wanderlust #lovewhereyoulive #puremichiganders #hey_ihadtosnapthat

A magical thing happened today! This is Peggy; I've posted about her before. She first showed up in our yard three years ago, with a missing foot. She has returned every year and she is usually alone--until today. My husband and I watched her walk around the house with this precious baby in tow! #interlochenmi #deer #fawn #wildlifephotography #michiganderthreads #puremichigan #puremidwest #naturephotography #naturalmichigan #landscapephotography #thegreatlakesstate #michiganoverboard #capturingmichigan #neverstopexploring #michigan_view #hikingnorthernmichigan #enjoymichigan #mittenexploration #exploremichigan #gtliving #michigan #michiganmoments #micoopcommunity #greatlakeslocals #michigan_wanderlust #lovewhereyoulive #puremichiganders #hey_ihadtosnapthat

Getting lost on the lake, losing track of time. Northern Michigan amazes me every. single. day. I'm a big believer in loving where you live and, well, this place is easy to love. Hey non-Petoskey friends. Have you heard of the Petoskey stone? This rock is fossilized coral from 350 million years ago and only found near Petoskey! Polished up, I've seen these babies used for just about everything. Earrings, bookends, wine stoppers....you get the idea. If you're ever like "Hey, I'm gonna go visit Steph in Michigan" I can almost guarantee we'll be finding you your own Petoskey stone. You can even ask my girl @kalingle who came to visit in December. Yup. Still found her own Petoskey stone! 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

Karen Farrell
(@karfar)

7 Days 19 Hours Ago

The sunset last night was beautiful, but the newly hatched bugs were not. 🦟Because the bugs were so bad I had the beach to myself.💯✔️ I just couldn’t leave, because I knew it was going to be a killer sunset. I was able to get at least one picture bug free! Haha! 😬🦟📸🌅 • • #puremichigan #puremittigan #only_in_michigan #michiganders #thegreatlakesstate #michiganawesome #michiganoverboard #m22life #awesomemitten #country_features #renegade_rural #rsa_rural #midwestmoment #countrylivingmag #enjoymichigan #gtliving #theshutteraffair #puremittenpride #michigansun #natural_michigan #michiganunsalted #capturingmichigan #inspiredbymichigan #puremichiganders #michiganview #upnorthlive #mynorthmedia #michiganderthreads #greatlakeslocals #themittenstate

Karen Farrell
(@karfar)

9 Days 7 Hours Ago

The sunlight was illuminating the trilliums today. It is so nice to finally see nature come alive! 🌱💛🍃 * * #puremichigan #puremittigan #only_in_michigan #michiganders #thegreatlakesstate #michiganawesome #michiganoverboard #m22life #awesomemitten #country_features #renegade_rural #rsa_rural #midwestmoment #countrylivingmag #enjoymichigan #gtliving #theshutteraffair #puremittenpride #michigansun #natural_michigan #michiganunsalted #capturingmichigan #inspiredbymichigan #puremichiganders #michiganview #upnorthlive #mynorthmedia #michiganderthreads #greatlakeslocals #themittenstate * @macro_perfection @ig_nature_naturally @colors_of_day_macro @northport_michigan @ipulledoverforthis @midwestlivingmag @wildflowers.dk @bns_flowers @canon_rebel_community @midwest_captures @dreamland_arts_of_nature @raw_flowers_ @naturehippys_ @nature_brilliance @usa_naturehippys @fiftyshades_of_nature_ @fiftyshades_of_macro @canonusa @canon_photos @canon.photographers @bns_nature

Can't get enough of these million dollar sunsets 😲🌅 There's something about living on the water that makes you slow down. Stop for a moment. Listen. Feel. Be. It's like a real life pause button and out here they call it Up North. Where things are a bit different, a little richer. Northern Michigan is a gem, how crazy that we get to call this place home. 😍 Who has been to Northern Michigan? ✋🏼 Where is your favorite spot?

Karen Farrell
(@karfar)

10 Days 20 Hours Ago

Happy Mother’s day to all of the moms out there! 🌷🌷🌷 “God could not be everywhere, so he made Mother’s. ~ Rudyard Kipling~ #puremichigan #puremittigan #only_in_michigan #michiganders #thegreatlakesstate #michiganawesome #michiganoverboard #m22life #awesomemitten #country_features #renegade_rural #rsa_rural #midwestmoment #countrylivingmag #enjoymichigan #gtliving #theshutteraffair #puremittenpride #michigansun #natural_michigan #michiganunsalted #capturingmichigan #inspiredbymichigan #puremichiganders #michiganview #upnorthlive #mynorthmedia #michiganderthreads #greatlakeslocals #themittenstate • • @puremichigan @nature_brilliance @naturehippys_ @ig_nature_naturally @discoverholland @enjoymichigan @fiftyshades_of_macro @fiftyshades_of_nature_ @downtownholland @ig_nature_naturally @nature_perfection @canonusa @canon_photos @usa_naturehippys @midwest_captures @wow_america @midwestlivingmag

Karen
(@kay_wy)

12 Days 18 Hours Ago

The Calumet heading out to open water from Holland over the past weekend. I thought it was kind of interesting to show the massive size of these lake freighters compared to the Big Red Lighthouse. It‘s always exciting to see these big ships up close. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #ig_captures #ig_twilight #michigan #puremichigan #greatlakesproud #nikonnofilter #nikonusa #nikon #nautical_images #lighthousesofinstagram #lighthouse_captures #lakemichigan #holland #rebel_scapes #photo_hitchhiker #michiganderthreads #splendid_shotz #funinmichigan #signatureshots_hub #style_and_decay #lakeship #lakefreighter #freighters #calumet #bluehour #hey_ihadtosnapthat #goandcapturethelight

Who’s ready to for this? Thank you @mitten_expedition for this beautiful shot!

Something I love about this husband of mine, and I’m working on for myself, can be seen by his to-do list: -Hang up bird feeders -Edit video 1 -Edit photos -Edit video 2 -Kayak ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Somehow, he always finds a way to make a little room for something he enjoys each and every dang day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Life and work have been a little extra crazy lately. Editing, projects, blogs, and creating small movies. But somehow he still finds 20 minutes for kayaking. He assembles, fills, and puts up 3 bird feeders with a focused swiftness and then sits down to edit with the same attention. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I think we could be reminded, that in the crazy, don’t forget the whole living life too. I made aware of this daily when he says, “Hey, let’s go for a walk” and I always have “just one more thing to do….” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do your work, do it well but don't let this life pass you by. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks for being the best example @scottcastelein you make life a whole lot better just by being you.

Karen Farrell
(@karfar)

15 Days 22 Hours Ago

It’s the little moments that make life BIG 🙌🏻 🧡 Frankfort Michigan 5/4/19 * * #puremichigan #puremittigan #only_in_michigan #michiganders #thegreatlakesstate #michiganawesome #michiganoverboard #m22life #awesomemitten #country_features #renegade_rural #rsa_rural #midwestmoment #countrylivingmag #enjoymichigan #gtliving #theshutteraffair #puremittenpride #michigansun #natural_michigan #michiganunsalted #capturingmichigan #fivestars_sunsets #puremichiganders #michiganview #upnorthlive #mynorthmedia #michiganderthreads #greatlakeslocals #themittenstate * @wakeline @explore_waterways_ @water_perfection @bns_sunset @usa_naturehippys @canonusa @artofvisuals @depthobsessed @visualsofearth @bns_earth @michiganmoments @michnimal @michigrammers

One thing I noticed right away about people in Michigan is their draw to the water. It's where they meet friends, it's where they have family days. They jump and sail and float and swim and look for rocks and bask in the sun and throw a line. Water is a way of life up here and our little little cabin on the lake is a dream. We got a show last night and Scott caught his first fish of the year in open water. Swipe ⬅️ What's your favorite thing about the water?

How did you enjoy the weekend? This awesome photo by Michigander Threads Ambassador @drew.links wishing we could have made it out to the lake. Remember to use code “DREWLINKS15” to receive 15% off your entire order.

Karen Farrell
(@karfar)

17 Days 20 Hours Ago

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it show me the stars. ✨✨✨ • This was my first time on the pier after winter. A little creepy being the only person out here, but the conditions were perfect last night. 🌟 Have a great day everyone, and Happy Cinco De Mayo! 🇲🇽 • #puremichigan #puremittigan #only_in_michigan #michiganders #thegreatlakesstate #michiganawesome #michiganoverboard #m22life #awesomemitten #country_features #renegade_rural #rsa_rural #midwestmoment #countrylivingmag #enjoymichigan #gtliving #theshutteraffair #puremittenpride #michigansun #natural_michigan #michiganunsalted #capturingmichigan #inspiredbymichigan #puremichiganders #michiganview #upnorthlive #mynorthmedia #michiganderthreads #greatlakeslocals #themittenstate

Karen Farrell
(@karfar)

19 Days 19 Hours Ago

If you love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. 💜🍃 . Here’s a little flashback from last spring at the Bear River trail in Petoskey. The trail was surrounded by forget-me-nots! It was so magical, like walking through a fairytale 💜🍃🧚🏻‍♀️💫 . #puremichigan #puremittigan #only_in_michigan #michiganders #thegreatlakesstate #michiganawesome #michiganoverboard #m22life #awesomemitten #country_features #renegade_rural #rsa_rural #midwestmoment #countrylivingmag #enjoymichigan #gtliving #theshutteraffair #puremittenpride #michigansun #natural_michigan #michiganunsalted #capturingmichigan #inspiredbymichigan #puremichiganders #michiganview #upnorthlive #mynorthmedia #michiganderthreads #greatlakeslocals #themittenstate

You don’t even have to be “Michigan Made” to rock the gear! Shouts to @alfuller05 for supporting The Michigan Made!! Happy Wine Wednesday everyone 🍷❤️ #themichiganmade #locallyowned #buylocalkalamazoo #puremichigan #michigan #kalamazoo #michiganderthreads #winetumbler #beachtumbler #boattumbler #openheart #michiganwineries #winewednesday #winedownwednesday

Karen
(@kay_wy)

22 Days 14 Hours Ago

A tree had washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan in Grand Haven so I used it as a foreground in a 3 minute long exposure with the lighthouses in the background during sunset. Hope you are all having a great Tuesday! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #sunset_lovers #sunset_hunter #amazingsunset #rebel_sky #rebel_scapes #sunrise_and_sunsets #sky_brilliance #sunset #goandcapturethelight #hey_ihadtosnapthat #best_skyshots #allthingsofbeauty_ #ig_sunsetshots #michigan #puremichigan #greatlakesproud #nikonnofilter #nikonusa #nikon #nautical_images #lighthousesofinstagram #lighthouse_captures #lakemichigan #grandhaven #photo_hitchhiker #michiganderthreads #trb_sunsetsfx #splendid_horizon #funinmichigan #signatureshots_hub

The ice has melted, now we're just waiting for the boats to fill up the marina again. I posted my latest blog today! A Look at Life: April. Here's a piece from it. ✨The guy next to me was flying to Northern Michigan for a job interview. I heard myself telling him what I’ve come to know: This place is beautiful, this place is magical, this place is a true gem. Northern Michigan continues to draw me in.✨ Check it out, link in my bio! 📷: @scottcastelein

Mighty Mac along the horizon, from @jmozzy. * [Take me back, I'm missing the mighty Mac!] * Want to get featured? Tag us, or use #photographersoftheup on your post! * #photography #feature #uppermichiganphotographers

Karen
(@kay_wy)

25 Days 10 Hours Ago

A beautiful night down in St Joe last evening at Tiscornia Park with @sg.captures ! And there were waves! For me that is so exciting, every time I go to the Big Lake, calm as glass. Also got to meet up with Jeri @jeriraycraft and Laura @lauradekreek and got to meet Matt @forkedfilms. A great night! Hope you‘re all having a great weekend! We might get snow tonight! Only in Michigan! Gotta love it! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #sunset_lovers #sunset_hunter #amazingsunset #sunset_love #sunset_ig #rebel_sky #sunrise_and_sunsets #sky_brilliance #goandcapturethelight #hey_ihadtosnapthat #best_skyshots #splendid #allthingsofbeauty #ig_sunsetshots #michigan #puremichigan #greatlakesproud #nikonnofilter #nikonusa #nikon #nautical_images #lighthousesofinstagram #lighthouse_captures #lakemichigan #tiscorniapark #ig_sunsetsfx #photo_hitchhiker #michiganderthreads #trb_sunsetsfx #splendid_horizon

The feels of fresh spring air and the smells of fresh wildflowers bring such positive vibes to my soul 🌻✨Love that it’s almost 70 degrees, and not windy so the warmth it actually hitting us ☀️ . . What are some of your favorite things to do on beautiful spring days? #springtime #momlife #girlboss #enjoyinglife #enjoyingtheweather #lovingspringtime #wildflowers #sunshine #puremichiganspringtime☀️ #michiganderthreads