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About the Photographer
Randy McCune, a resident of northern Michigan, is attuned to the natural world, both by inclination and education. With a background in field biology (B.A.) and outdoor education (M.A.) and 30 years as a photographer, his love of the outdoors has become a profession and a lifestyle. His photographs are impassioned by what he feels, a sense of intimacy with the scene, and a closeness with the small and subtle beauties in nature that we often rush by in our hurry to be somewhere else.
Photography for Randy requires meandering, scouting. . .finding the abandoned barn, the thick trillium grove, the derelict boat, and capturing the scene when the light and atmosphere are optimal. His work reveals a sensitivity, an eye for the delicate, like thin grasses against snow, as well as for the wide landscape--a flexible searching eye. His work has the power to startle us, awaken our perceptions, allow us to share in his awareness of natural beauty.
We at the Diocese of Gaylord wish to thank Randy for allowing us to use his photographs on the home page and other locations within our web site. We hope that you will see in these pictures what we see throughout the year in northern Michigan ~ a land that has been gloriously adorned by the hand of God.
Randy may be contacted at 7969 Pickerel Lake Road, Petoskey, MI 49770-9642.
The following is a gallery of the photographs used on the web site home page. These pictures were chosen because they "speak" of the beauty and natural wonder of summer in Northern Lower Michigan, home of the Diocese of Gaylord.

Northern Michigan is filled with many lakes, rivers and streams. This classic wooden rowboat is but a symbol of the many water activities enjoyed by natives as well as visitors to our area.

Great Sand Dunes
Gigantic sand dunes were deposited during the geologic formation of the Great Lakes. Being surrounded by Lake Michigan on the west and Lake Huron on the east, these formations dot the shoreline of our northern Michigan diocese.

Black-eyed Susan
In the summer, the countryside is bejewelled with countless, assorted wildflowers. The black-eyed Susan is just one of the many varieties found in the area.

What Now?
Wildlife abounds in Northern Lower Michigan. Here we have a close encounter of a strange kind. These little guys are experiencing a safe, albeit confusing, get together.

Summer Sunset
One of the many benefits to living in a rural area is the unobstructed horizon on a day like this, when God paints such a glorious picture.

Water Lilies
One can almost envision a swan or duck intersecting a water lily colony during a feeding excursion, or a frog or dragonfly relaxing on a lily pad.

These water-loving birds are frequent visitors to many of the shoreline parks and other attractions in the area.