Lilacs, Hikes & Postcards

For those of you who missed the Lilac Festival…There were some beautifully floral moments throughout the lilac festival week, and this year I wanted to incorporate something new into the schedule – I led photo enthusiasts on a photo hike to some of the not-so-well-known areas of Mackinac Island, stopping every so often to take scenic photos and enjoy the views. I hope to make this an annual event, and will most likely do another hike in July and August! We started by walking through Market Street, then made our way up to Anne’s Tablet:Of course, I have to end the lilac portion of this post with my favorite of all the lilac species, the Sensation lilacs! Their white-lined petals give a unique style to an otherwise simple lilac design:

Now that July is upon us, we’ve finally gotten a few hot hot HOT days on Mackinac! Not that I don’t like warm weather, but it’s the humid + hot days that make me reminisce about the winter months… anyway, instead of hanging out inside air conditioned buildings, I opted to go for a hike to feel the cooler breeze near the water, as well as take some interesting photos along the way:

Near Nicolet Tower:

On the trails:Some interesting roots… I had to climb down the cliff side to get this angle, but it wasn’t as dangerous as it sounds! Still, be careful if you decide to hike a cliff side trail…

Something I haven’t done in awhile on this blog is feature postcards, and I thought I would try to revive that old tradition of mine! If you send me a postcard and write about what you like about Mackinac Island, I will post it on my blog as a feature!! You can send your postcard to:

Heather May

PO Box 870

Mackinac Island, MI


Until next time,


6 thoughts on “Lilacs, Hikes & Postcards

  1. Dianne Schlegel

    Hi Heather,
    I love your gorgeous photos of lovely Mackinac Island!
    As a child growing up in the lower peninsula of Michigan, I was fortunate to spend many summer vacations on Mackinac Island with my parents and siblings.
    I have many wonderful memories on that special island!
    Could you please let me know when you’ll be having your photo hikes, as I would love to plan to go, as I’ll be back to the island this summer.
    Thank you,

    1. heathermay

      Thank you for your compliment and for sharing your story! I’ll definitely post on my blog when the July and August photo hike will be, so keep an eye out for that soon!👍

  2. Gail Kalnajs

    Thank you, Heather. Yes, please post your upcoming hikes. I would love to join in if I am on the island. I can smell the lilacs looking at your pictures!

  3. Gail Kalnajs

    I just heard the news, my sincere condolences for you and your entire family ♡. You are all in my thoughts & prayers.
    Take care.

  4. Dianne Schlegel

    Dear Heather,
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your father.
    Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
    May God’s love and peace surround and bless you and your family and carry you through this difficult time.
    Dianne Schlegel

  5. Rachael Guy

    Hi Heather,
    I just found your blog today and I’m so glad I did. I visited Mackinac Island last week and fell in love. I am very interested in learning about life on the island, especially in the winter. Thanks for your blog.

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