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“North Country Dreamland” Shares Beauty of Lake Superior

I lived in Michigan as a child, and I spent many summer nights gazing at the dark sky. I also spent many happy hours making sand castles on the edges of the Great Lakes. In winter, I spent hours romping in the ample snow.

Lisa Borre is also from Michigan originally, and she has been covering lakes for Water Currents. We’ve been learning about temperature and lake level changes, but sometimes it’s also great to bask in the raw beauty of nature.

Shawn Malone from Lake Superior Photo made the beautiful “dreamlapse” above along Lake Superior in northern Michigan. Malone wrote, “It took a year to shoot in many cold nights and took a lot of coffee, a bit tenacity and persistence to get this into a form of coherent electrified cosmic goodness.”Michigan aurora

I recognized Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the city of Marquette, and she also made it to Isle Royale, one of the least visited National Parks.

Malone listed some of her favorite moments: “Rare pairings caught on camera include ribbons of aurora above a full moon fogbow on the horizon of Lake Superior, the aurora and an isolated singular lightning storm cloud over Lake Superior, and the aurora and Milky Way in several scenes including Copper Harbor, Marquette, Isle Royale, Pictured Rocks, and Eagle Harbor Lighthouse…There are also a couple sequences of rare magenta/red aurora that I will never tire of.”

My mom loves lighthouses, so I visited many historic ones in Michigan growing up. It was great to see them bathed in such celestial color. I only saw the northern lights a few times, and never so spectacular.

Now that’s Pure Michigan.


Brian Clark Howard is an Environment Writer and Editor at National Geographic News. He previously served as an editor for TheDailyGreen.com and E/The Environmental Magazine, and has written for TheAtlantic.com, FastCompany.com, PopularMechanics.com, Yahoo!, MSN, Miller-McCune and elsewhere. He is the co-author of six books, including Geothermal HVACGreen Lighting and Build Your Own Small Wind Power System.


  1. Kantanon Wanitpisittana
    June 8, 2013, 8:59 pm

    I spent 13 years in the US, mostly in Los Angeles. I just have realized that I missed a lot of good things in that country.

  2. Jeff Clyburn
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    May 22, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Absolutely stunning !! Great work ! Wow. Please keep up the work. You have pleased many people. Thank you

  3. Marti Alexander
    May 16, 2013, 1:37 pm

    FYI-Shawn is a very talented woman.

  4. Bob Vick
    May 16, 2013, 1:13 pm

    This is beautiful. I know Shawn and this is what he does and is very good t it along with his wife of course.
    Shawn you did great!!

  5. JT
    May 16, 2013, 11:43 am

    Thanks for sharing, indeed this is awesome.

    BTW, Shawn is a “she”…