Big Bay Park at Lake Michigan is one of my favorite spots to go any time of the year. There are two paths down to the beach area, one with at least a million lannon stone steps, that completely immerses you in nature, and the other is a gentle winding slope. The beach is fairly small but that's where I like to go to pick rocks and the occasional bit of sea glass. I never come home with empty pockets. The pier is a favorite place to sit on a calm summer day. During the summer months, there are quite a few visitors there because it is easy to manage, but during the winter is when you see the dramatic ice that has formed on the lake and the pier. Here are pictures I took this winter of the pier and the winding steps to the beach. The reference photo for the painting above was taken a week or two ago.