4.2017 SANDS OF TIME

4.2017 SANDS OF TIME

I was very surprised to see so much beach coming back, and this set of jetties almost covered with sand. There’s a seawall completely buried and the rocks are also almost buried. The difference in water level is less than a foot from last year at this time, but...
8.14.2016 – Beach Update

8.14.2016 – Beach Update

Went out yesterday to try and photograph the same spots as I did in past years. Here’s one before / after I think will help people visualize what’s happening. Before = 8/2014 After = 8/2016 Where there was sand, is now water. I went out to my chest to get...
SEAWALL – 3.19.2016

SEAWALL – 3.19.2016

G Now that it’s spring, and the ice is gone, I’m picking up where I left things off late last year before snow and ice moved in. I went to the beach expecting to see more beach and a receding lake, but I was very surprised to see just the opposite. I...
SEAWALLS 10.24

SEAWALLS 10.24

I decided to visit a part of the beach I haven’t seen much this year, but I do plan on making it back more as time permits. I like this set of jetties because of the uniqueness, and all the large rocks. They are difficult to get to, but worth it if the conditions are...
BRUISED BUT NOT BEATEN

BRUISED BUT NOT BEATEN

This jetty took a beating over the past winter, and throughout this past year. It’s interesting to watch the changes of not only the beaches, but also the seawalls and jetties. Many times in the Spring I’ll notice significant changes, with a plank missing...
LAKE LEVEL UPDATE: 9.30

LAKE LEVEL UPDATE: 9.30

LAKE LEVEL: 579.63′ Seems the lake has begun receding for now, which is a good sign for those living on the shoreline. Last year the water level didn’t peak until November, so perhaps this is a sign that the water will begin receding next year, and our...
SEAWALL // WATER LEVEL UPDATE: 7.24.2015

SEAWALL // WATER LEVEL UPDATE: 7.24.2015

JUNE 2015 AVERAGE: 579.69′ CURRENT:580.00′ + 8.28″ + 6.5 TRILLION GALLONS OF WATER – 50″ OF BEACH When you look at the comparison below in the gallery, realize that the seawalls are approx. 12′, so the majority of the wall is under...
SEAWALL UPDATE: 7.8.2015

SEAWALL UPDATE: 7.8.2015

SEAWALL UPDATE: 7.8.2015 CURRENT WATER LEVEL: 579.96′ LAST MONTH WATER LEVEL: 579.54′ DIFFERENCE: + .42′ = 3,950,000,000,000 gallons of water Though the air was cold, and I was fighting the wind and the sprays of the waves, the sights warmed my...
THE SANDS OF TIME

THE SANDS OF TIME

Well, I did it. Not for the money. And certainly not for any recognition. I entered ArtPrize​. Enough people have suggested I exhibit in art prize, and I have enough documented for my seawall project to exhibit. My exhibit will feature the seawall project I’ve...
IMPROVISING….

IMPROVISING….

Spent an entire week behind my desk, staring at my monitor, and in desperate need of fresh air, and creativity. I keep saying to myself, “I really need to find other things to shoot.” But the beach continues to draw me, dominating my thoughts regarding...
SEAWALLS: 4.5.2015

SEAWALLS: 4.5.2015

This seawall is the only thing keeping the sand behind it from adding to the beach. Last fall the wall was barely visible, but today it’s about 5′ tall. By the looks of it, I suspect it will give if pounded by some rough water.   These seawalls and...
SEAWALL UPDATE – 3.30

SEAWALL UPDATE – 3.30

I’ve been documenting the seawalls / jetties along the Lake Michigan shoreline for the past 2+ years. Over time I’ll be updating this blog to include my past posts which can be found at my business website – streamllc.com/seawalls Here are a few...
SEAWALLS: 3.26.2015

SEAWALLS: 3.26.2015

(Above image) Early 2014 the only thing I could see of this image was the top portion of the pole with the pulley on top of it. None of these other jetties and seawalls were visible.   I shot these last year and there was dry beach in front of the seawalls, and these...
SEAWALLS: 2.22.2015

SEAWALLS: 2.22.2015

I have to admit. This winter is beginning to depress me. To combat this, I went out today with the intent of facing it head on. I went out to my friend’s house on Lake Michigan with nothing particular to see or shoot. I just went. The most challenging of...
SEAWALLS: 2.4.2015

SEAWALLS: 2.4.2015

I know it’s been a while since I updated this, but work has been very busy, for which I am a blessed person. However I am working through my images, trying to put them in an order that will make sense to you. This is no easy task. Trying to help people who...
SEAWALLS: 12.27.2014

SEAWALLS: 12.27.2014

A saw a fog front come in so I headed to the beach to see how the seawalls and jetties were doing… As many times as I have been to the same spots, I am always stunned to see the differences from one day to the next. I wanted to make some images which has an...
SEAWALLS: 12.7.2014

SEAWALLS: 12.7.2014

The best way I know how to capture the erosion going on is visually, so I’ve put together a “then and now” to show what’s happening. The top image is from August 2014, and the bottom one I took yesterday (December 7th, 2014).       These are...
SEAWALLS: 11.30.2014

SEAWALLS: 11.30.2014

The last time I was at the beach was November 13th, but I went out yesterday to shoot the sunset and to see what’s happening…. My friend who lives on the lake was telling me he’s going to get flood insurance, and at the time I thought he might be exaggerating, but...
SEAWALLS: 10.1.2014

SEAWALLS: 10.1.2014

I try to get to the beach several times a week, but work has kept me from this goal, and though I am blessed and thankful for being busy with work, I have missed spending time walking the...
SEAWALLS: 8.18.2014

SEAWALLS: 8.18.2014

The land pushes while the water pulls. Where there was once a beach extending 30 + feet, there’s now water pulling the foundation from under the dunes, causing serious erosion.
SEAWALLS: 8.13.2014

SEAWALLS: 8.13.2014

The challenge with shooting a wavy sunset is knowing when to stop shooting. Truth is, I finally just said to myself, “Stop already”. So I did and left, and I missed one of the most dynamic sunsets I’ve ever seen…. and I didn’t...
SEAWALLS: 7.15.2014

SEAWALLS: 7.15.2014

The seawall in this image is the only thing keeping the 8 feet of sand above it from being swept out into the lake. For 20 years these seawalls have been buried under the sand.
SEAWALLS: 5.21.2014

SEAWALLS: 5.21.2014

The beginning of my new project… Capturing the seawalls on the shores of Lake Michigan. In the late 80’s and early 90’s the owners of homes along the beaches in North Holland, Michigan were faced with erosion of the dunes, and there were cases of...