Sky Above Lake Michigan Photograph

Closer to the Sun (3) features the sky above Lake Michigan in a photograph that captures the moment storms begin to form and threaten the lake. I keep coming back to this poem, truth, by Gwendolyn Brooks and the relationship we have to the sun. How the sun shapes our experience in the world. How it actively shapes our time here.

And if sun comes
How shall we greet him?
Shall we not dread him,
Shall we not fear him
After so lengthy a
Session with shade?

truth, by Gwendolyn Brooks

Clouds arrived early to the lake, rapidly covering the sky and cloaking the water in deep shadows as the sun struggles to continue to push through from above. The lake would soon disappear into the heavy rains that filled the day. Downpours would continue to come until almost sunset.

Closer to the Sun (3) features the sky above Lake Michigan in a photograph that captures the moment storms begin to form and threaten the lake

These days on Lake Michigan are a reminder of how quickly the weather can change. In just a moment sun can turn to storms. The Sky above Lake Michigan often alters and impacts how we see the lake. Influencing the color, the surface, waves and character of this vast freshwater body. Here, in this photograph, the clouds become like a turtle’s shell. The edges outlined by the light from above. Creating a mottled quality to the sky as I quickly move from shore to my bike. Attempting to outrun this storm and failing to do so. It can be surprising how raw the lake can turn. A constant reminder to respect this landscape.

Closer to the Sun, a collection of lake photographs by Lincoln Schatz, is a limited edition of photographs now available to purchase. For more information on the collection, including edition size, framing, and pricing here. Read more poetry from Gwendolyn Brooks on the Poetry Foundation website.