BIG! Lake Michigan. Have you seen it in person? What do you think of when you hear the word lake? More than likely a body of water that you can see across to the other side–even if it is a big lake. But Lake Michigan is a GREAT BIG lake. Most people are completely surprised when they visit the coastline of Lake Michigan (or any of the other Great Lakes) and see for the first time how massive the lake truly is. You can’t wave to Aunt Minnie in Wisconsin…no way. Notice what Wikipedia says about Lake Michigan:
Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. The other four Great Lakes are shared by the US and Canada. It is the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third largest by surface area, after Lake Superior and Lake Huron (and is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of West Virginia). To the east, its basin is conjoined with that of Lake Huron through the wide Straits of Mackinac, giving it the same surface elevation as its easterly counterpart. Lake Michigan is bounded, from west to east, by the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The word “Michigan” originally referred to the lake itself, and is believed to come from the Ojibwa word mishigami meaning “great water”.
It is 118 miles wide by 307 miles long, reaching a depth of up to 923ft. That is a lot of water. A lot of water with no sharks! Bonus.
This was taken last January on my beach walk with Rockefeller.
And this one was this past summer:
Check out the other “BIG” photos at the Weekly Photo Challenge.