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The North Manitou Shaol Lighthouse is situated in Lake Michigan about halfway between the mainland of Michigan and South and North Manitou Islands. It can be seen from a ferry heading over to the islands. Due to the high degree of fog the day we headed out, the lighthouse was barely visible until almost right up upon it. I liked this shot because it almost seems as if it is floating into nothingness.

A little history of the site: It has been in operation since 1935 and helps guide boats through the narrow Manitou Passage. Up until 1980 when it was automated, a three-man coast guard crew inhabited the lighthouse for two weeks at a time, with a one week trip back to the mainland. The lighthouse is now home to a family of double-crested cormorants which threaten the preservation of the site.

For more information on the history of this lighthouse, see this site: http://www.nps.gov/slbe/planyourvisit/lighthouses.htm

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