Saturday, December 13, 2014

Waves on Lake Michigan

The waves keep rolling in.  I painted this watecolor of the beach in Lake Michigan.  Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are very high this year.  Geologically, this is the same lake at the same sea level.  We have had snow and then it melted.  Snow again that melted.  We are waiting to see what the Winter Solstice Dec. 21 brings us.

Surfers are still enjoying these conditions.  Read more about all of these freshwater seas in my book:  The Dynamic Great Lakes available at Barnes & Noble,, Books A Million, The Bookman, Hostetters in Grand Haven and many other fine bookstores.

water color by Barbara Spring

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

White Fish are Running in November

White fish are running in the Great Lakes now.  Fishermen brave the wind, snow, ice and wind after dark on the boardwalk and piers.  They use a lure called the Swedish pimple and some are lucky enough to catch some whitefish.

Read more about the fish, both native, as are the whitefish, and planted as are Pacific salmon, in my book, 

The Dynamic Great Lakes.

The book is widely available at, and in many bookstores.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Remember to feed the birds

Downy woodpecker on cake of suet.  Today a storm blew in.  Birds need seeds and suet to sustain them.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Beware Take Care in November

Take care when walking on the breakwater.  The waves can carry you away if you slip and fall or if a rogue waves washes you in.

Pictured is sun down at the confluence of the Grand River and Lake Michigan one of the wildest of the five Great Lakes.  It is beautiful but it can be treacherous.  

There are many shipwrecks under the five Great Lakes. In November the waves can be very powerful.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Youtube Video showing what lies beneath the Great Lakes

Drain the Great Lakes video  Click the link to see what lies beneath the Great Lakes.  Read about how the Great Lakes were formed in The Dynamic Great Lakes, a critically acclaimed non-fiction book available at, Barnes & Noble and many other bookstores.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Oil Pipeline Under the Straits of Mackinac

Oil Pipeline Danger  Click the link to see a model of how oil could destroy our fresh water under the straits of Mackinac.

The fresh water flowing from Lake Superior, Lake Michigan toward Lake Huron is beautiful and people enjoy visiting Mackinac Island where no cars are allowed.See the model of how an oil pipeline break could contaminate these waters.  It's a very old oil pipeline.

Pictured is Mackinac Bridge that spans the straits.  It connects the upper and lower Peninsulas of Michigan.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Great Lakes Pirate: Dan Seavey

Roaring Dan Seavey – The most notorious Great Lakes pirate may be none other than Roaring Dan Seavey, who started as a regular sailor in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the military he found himself a poor man with only his ship, Wanderer, to his name and took up a life of plundering.
Seavey was a thief who had eyes for large shipments of venison and alcohol, to then later sell at a higher price. Anyone who tried to stop him faced the cannon he held on board. Seavey’s most famous escapade was his takeover of a schooner docked named the Nellie Johnson. The clever seaman invited the Johnson’s crew to drink with him, staying mostly sober himself. He then threw the drunken sailors off their ship and sailed it to Chicago, where he sold the Nellie Johnson’s cargo.
Seavey retired sometime in the late 1920s, and settled in the town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. He died in a Peshtigo nursing home on 14 February 1949 at the age of 84.

Click the link for more: Great Lakes Pirates
Want to know more about these Michigan marauders? Strap on your peg leg and set sail towards one of these maritime attractions to get your fill of pirate personas!