Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Bight


On one of my first visits to Northport, I visited the Grand Traverse Lighthouse.  I passed a house on the way that had a sign in its yard: House at the Bight.  I'd not heard the word "bight" before, so I looked it up.  I found that a bight is a bend in a coast forming an open bay. 



Since I pass the bight most every day as I drive into the village, I've gotten to know its many moods.  On some days, the sky at the bight is filled with beautiful clouds.  Because it's so protected, the bight can be a haven for small sailboats and kayaks.  During high summer, I've seen power boats anchored at the bight so families can swim in the shallow waters there.  It's Northport's version of "Fudgie Beach."



On other days, the bight isn't so inviting, as on this September day.  But the cloud and water patterns still make it an interesting place.



My favorite time to visit the bight is at sunrise.  It's not too far from my home and it's such a peaceful place in the morning.  I've experienced sunrises in three different ways.  The most vibrant color typically comes either before the sunrise, at sunrise, or during the afterglow.  On this day, the color was best before the sunrise.  This image was taken about a half hour before sunrise.  The pinks were so bright, they cast a purple tint to the water.



But as sunrise approached, the vibrant pink was only evident in a few high clouds and hints of orange became visible above the land.




The sun slowly breached the land, and the orangey glow spread entirely across the point.  Another glorious sunrise at the Bight.



8 comments:

  1. Lovely presentation of moods and colors of the bight, Karen. I think your personal reflections add a lot to this post.

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  2. Thank you, Jan. Your support means a lot. I wasn't sure if the personal reflections were adding or detracting from the images. Karen

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  3. I like the textual commentary, too. In fact, from home (on my slow connection) I can't see all the photographs, but I can read what you write. Then from town (now) I can see the lovely images. It's fascinating to see the same place on different days, in different seasons, and in different moods.

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  4. Thanks, Pamela. I'm glad you can see it both ways! Karen

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  5. Dear Karen,

    I am the owner of the House at the Bight. You described the views so accurately. I would love for you to visit us at the house to appreciate all it's beauty too. We are on Facebook at House at the Bight and on vrbo.com/125188. Caryl Holtz Fancher - 847-525-1600 or CarylFancher@me.com

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    1. Hi Caryl...It was really nice to "meet you" through my blog. I hope you'll find other posts that remind you of our beloved area. Karen

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  6. Barbara JacobsenMay 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I have spent many nights at this house years ago.....the scenes you describe bring back a load of happy memories. Thanks

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    1. Hi Barbara...It's great that my images bring back fond memories of your good times at the Bight and in the Northport area. I really appreciate your visit and taking the time to leave a comment. Karen

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