Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Joyous Lilacs


I’ve seen pictures of the Pt. Betsie lighthouse in lilac season. I’ve been covetous of those images because I’ve never seen it myself, never timed a visit to the lighthouse, one of my favorite places in this state, at exactly the right time.

I always get a happy feeling, deep down inside, at the first sight of the Pt. Betsie beach.

Yesterday, on my way home from a 3 night camping trip near the Sleeping Bear Dunes, I finally got to check that as done.

I mean…how can it get better?

The lilacs were at their peak, the sky was cerulean blue with a few wispy white clouds, we were the only ones there.


The view the other way was pretty striking too.

I have many reason to love this lighthouse, one being it’s where my parents visited during their honeymoon in 1953, and where they went for their 50th wedding anniversary a year before they died.

Gentle waves lapped at the base of the lighthouse.

I like to sit and think about them there, and I hope they were close when I squealed at my first sight of the purple blooms against the white of the lighthouse.

The iconic image. Even though I have hundreds of these I can’t resist this angle every single time I visit.

I imagine they were, possibly, even squealing along.

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.

29 thoughts on “Joyous Lilacs

  1. Beautiful photos. I haven’t seen a lake like this one in years now. Thanks for reminding me of how beautiful nature can be. Nice lilacs, too.


  2. Beautiful! Wonderful that you managed to get there for the lilacs. And what a lovely backstory about your parents. Bittersweet being there, I imagine. Still, remembering all the happy parts of this sort of thing is usually well worth it.


  3. It cannot get any better. Gorgeous! Stunning! Lighthouse, lilacs, and the lapping waves of the lake – perfection!



  4. Those skies…..!!


  5. I love lilacs. And the scent of lilacs, and the color of lilacs….
    They don’t thrive here where I live. The last time I saw loads of beautiful ones was in 2017 in Michigan, and in North Dakota.
    I had the same kinds of feelings about my parents when I was at the ranch in Arizona, last November. They loved it there back in about 1980. It was like I could see them , hand in hand, smiling, walking through a gate there near where I was staying. I think that’s where they will always be, in my mind.


    • It’s nice, isn’t it, to have places where we feel close to our folks. I have several, one being this lighthouse, another is an orchard near me that we used to pick fruit in when I was a kid. And the town we lived in as a family. Even this house, though they only visited twice, I sometimes can see them here too.


  6. What a beautiful place! No wonder you love it so much.


  7. The lilacs are in bloom here in the Pacific Northwest too these days. I love them. And I love that lighthouse! What a blessing about your parents’ history here and yours too, right here. That’s the best part of all. 🙂


    • Yes it is. Mom loved lilacs. I don’t know if they were ever at this lighthouse during spring to see them, they were married in October, but I hope so. And if not, well, they’ve seen them now!

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  8. I squealed too! The lilacs, lighthouse, water and sky! Wow!


  9. I can’t even tell you how much I miss lilacs. If I could have only one plant from my childhood magically transplanted to Texas, lilacs would be it. I try to appreciate others’ places in the world, rather than envying them, but with lilacs? Envy is it!


    • Do you have crepe myrtle down there? It’s in Alabama where my folks lived last, and mom and I sort of thought it was similar enough to lilacs that we felt at home with it.

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      • We not only have crepe myrtle, it’s the state shrub. It’s pretty enough, and quite common as a landscape tree, but it doesn’t have the fragrance. It’s sometimes called Southern Lilac, but it just doesn’t cut it for real lilac lovers!


  10. The purple blooms are magnificent, but I also loved the story of your mother and father visiting there on their honeymoon and 50th anniversary. You’re connected with them through the lilacs, lighthouse and love.


  11. What a wonderful place filled with precious memories! Thanks for sharing.


  12. The lilac blooms are beautiful in that setting, loved you photo! 🙂


  13. Dawn, these are stunning!! I love lilacs, and the mental picture of your folks on their honeymoon trip to this beautiful spot only adds to this post. I’m glad you got to visit it, and I feel sure your parents emitted a squeal or two with you!


  14. Oh wow! 🙂


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