I am blessed to live in Traverse City, Michigan, which I consider to be one of the most beautiful areas in the world.  Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore s just thirty minutes away.  Traverse City itself is located on a large bay in Lake Michigan which is disected by two two stunning peninsulas.  We also have many lighthouses nearby.  One that I spend much time taking photos of is Point Betsie Lighthouse on Lake Michigan near the town of Frankfort.