In this next series of articles, I’ll share some of my out-of-the-ordinary photographs. And, their symbolism.
These pictures were photographed on the shores of Lake Michigan. Either at or close to North Beach Park in Ferrysberg, Michigan. For those who may not know, this beach is on the Michigan side of the Michigan Triangle.
Before I explain what, I see in the picture above or the one below. I’d like you to look at the picture above and tell me what you see. Many people see images in my photos that I don’t immediately recognize. Or, I see images that others might not see directly. I would appreciate knowing what you see. You can leave your comments at the end of this page. And, thank you in advance for that.
What I see is an outline of a Thunderbird with its head turned towards its left-wing. I photographed this image during sunset in June of 2013, with my iPhone 4. I only snapped a few pictures because the sand-fleas were biting my feet. Their bites sting. I’m sure that’s the reason why you don’t see any people sitting at the picnic tables or on the beach in these pictures.
This next picture is how the image started to form. As I watched it, it looked like a stepped-pyramid. Then, within less than a minute, the Thunderbird emerged.
Before we get into the symbolism of this image, I want to say that I have never seen a real Thunderbird. However, I’ve read that they do exist and that they are coming back. Have you read or heard this as well?
The Thunderbird is a symbol within the Native American cultures and their legends. A couple of years after I took this photograph, I visited the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace, Michigan. Much to my surprise, the Thunderbird is prominent in the Ojibwa Cosmology. The Thunderbird is a protector against evil. And, as the name would suggest, controls thunder and lightning.
Birds in symbolism are messengers. Context is also essential when it comes to decoding a symbol. The beach is a public area. Remember, this beach is on the Michigan Triangle, where many unexplained events happen. To me, the message seems to be a general announcement of coming protection against the evils in our world. What do you think? What evils could this Thunderbird be referring to?
Where do you think this image came from? I often wondered if it was a reflection from somewhere in the lake but from where?
In the days that followed, I had a print made of the Thunderbird, then put it up on one of my picture walls. I did share the photograph with a few people—not too many. I didn’t think about this photograph until a month later when I was back at the beach during another sunset. I’ll share another picture and write about that in my next blog post.
In the meantime, I’d appreciate your comments.
Stayed tuned… Part 2: Lake Michigan Sunset