If you are not yet following @sanctuary_of_the_great_lakes on Instagram, you’re missing out! Check out these awesome photos taken by our IG fans during the month of April. They perfectly depict the timeline of events that Mother Nature bestowed upon us. It was a wild ride! 


We started out April in the best way we know how, with a beautiful spring sunrise to fire up the morning sky! 

Photo by Jorden Susewitz, @susewitz 

We ended that same day with the light of a full moon…

Photo by Steve Jakubcin,  @if_it_aint_bokeh_dont_fix_it

…and a couple days later we found out Alpena was accepted into Hogwarts! #blessed

Photo by Jessica & Jamie Hatch,  @snowdogsvlogs

We quickly realized we were only experiencing Michigan’s 4th season, the Spring of Deception, as Third Winter arrived full force!

Photo by Don La Barre, @don_labarre

However, just like the previous First and Second Winters, it was so beautiful! 

Photo by Natalie Koreis, @koreis

So we surrendered… 

Photo by Don La Barre, @don_labarre

…and we turned lemons into lemonade.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain”, or snow. Photo originally shared by @downtownalpena

The snow began to melt and Actual Spring (Michigan’s 7th season) finally arrived!  

Photo by Amanda Timm, @fallscreekproduceandflowers

Through the seasons and storms, Alpena’s IG fans continued on doing what they do best. Capturing the biggest and brightest moments of Alpena’s beauty! Thank you to everyone who follows and tags us in their photos. Don’t forget to use hashtags #visitalpena #sanctuaryofthegreatlakes and #alpenami so we will see your best shots!