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It’s October – let’s walk!


It was a windy day.

I’ve been on lots of great walks this month. Casual walks around the neighborhood, fun walks with Katie the dog, beautiful walks through the autumn woods. I could have done a Walktober post about any of them.

But this week I’ve been in a very special place that I thought was perfect for Robin’s challenge to share a walk with her readers.

So let’s take an October walk in northern Michigan along the beach of Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes, and as far as I’m concerned one of the most beautiful places in the world.

I arrived ‘up north’ late in the afternoon and after a bit of chit chat we headed down to the water. For me it’s all about the lake.

It was a windy day and the lake was racing toward the shore, big jade green waves and pounding foam.

Rollicking waves danced.

The water was high, leaving very little beach to walk and sometimes we had to leap back up on the dune to keep our feet dry. We’re weren’t always successful.

It’s dryer up here.

Along the way we saw remnants of the summer just past. A pretty boat resting after weeks of riding the waves…

A day of rest.

…a bench hoping to be used a few more times this season…

Come sit for a bit.

…the artwork of people who have walked the beach before me.

A mini stonhenge with evening light.

The sun was getting lower, bathing everything in a warm golden light. Nature’s artwork on the landscape was evident too.

Shadows and lines.

The grasses waving in the wind began to glow, and we knew it was time to turn back.

The grass began to glow in the evening light.

Walking toward home, into the wind, we watched the sun lower and the sky warm the tips of the waves and the water swirling on the packed sand.

Rose gold on the beach.

The light made everything glow.

Pretty in pink.

We watched the entire sunset as we walked, making it back to the house after dark. I felt so lucky, lucky to spend an afternoon walking with a friend near my lake in mid-October. Lucky to hear the lake roar, to see the leaves changing, even lucky to get my feet wet as the waves raced to shore.

See you tomorrow sun!

I hope you can imagine yourself there with us. It’s a very special place that I am pleased to share with you all. And thank you Robin for coordinating the annual Walktober. It’s a wonderful way for us to see such wonderful places.

I can’t wait to see your Walktobers soon!


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

30 thoughts on “It’s October – let’s walk!

  1. Beautiful! What more can I say?


  2. Dawn, I first read through your post on my phone because it comes into my email, and I thought to myself, ” I know she’s a great photographer, but these — these can’t be real and untouched!! These are like paintings!” So now I’m looking at your photos and reading your soothing words on my computer and I’m feeling so grateful to you for sharing them. Just absolutely gorgeous.


    • Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed them. Most of them are untouched other than cropped and straightened. For some reason I can’t seem to keep the horizon straight when I take pictures of the lake! I almost always have to go back and straighten them up! The light was beautiful on that walk, so need to touch them up!


      • I can’t tell you how many otherwise nice photos I see posted online with crooked horizons! Often quite severely tilted, as in, how can you not notice that and fix it?! Drives me batty. Even with the level showing in my viewfinder I still get slightly crooked pics sometimes, so it’s easy to do, I understand that part. I just don’t understand why it doesn’t bother the people posting the pics.


  3. Loved the jade waves.


    • Me too. The second day (the day after this walk) there were lots of waves and I went down and tried to capture them just as they rolled over. Got some. Will have to post those too. Their color was really nice.


  4. Wow, wow, wow, and probably several more wows. What a stunning walk! I wish I could be there in person, but this is the next best thing. Thank you, Dawn. I really enjoyed this walk. Your photos are all so beautiful. I smiled at the mini Stonehenge and gasped in awe at the sunset. And those grasses catching the evening light! Amazing, all of it. 🙂


  5. That pink sunset over the beach is just too beautiful. Just stunning Dawn


  6. Thanks for taking me on your Walktober, Dawn — I thoroughly enjoyed it! What a beautiful lake we share between our states! And perhaps the best part is, we get to enjoy beaches, rolling waves, and incredible sunsets — all without the worry of hurricanes!!


    • I’ve always thought we lived in a sort of sweet spot. No forest fires, no real earthquakes, no hurricanes. Sometimes a tornado, but those generally go by quickly. And really they usually go north and south of us here. Usually.

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  7. the sunset photos are amazing!


  8. Beautiful walk! You had gorgeous light. Thanks for sharing.


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  10. Just love this walk. I could feel the sand and the breezes, hear the water, and the grab the essence of the season in your words and images. Well done!


  11. What a gorgeous place and your photos are superb, Dawn. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  12. What a beautiful walk along Lake Michigan! The light is fantastic and your images are gorgeous. 🙂


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