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Best look for Lake Michigan 

Pastel and hazy

Late one afternoon in mid-May, I spent two hours walking north along the lakefront and marveled at the stunning creepiness of the lake's appearance: hazy and washed-out, with fog so thick that you could barely see 100 yards in front of you. A man walking his dog by the water looked like a shadow; I couldn't even make out the colors of the clothes he wore. When the lights kicked on, the landscape turned slightly apocalyptic, an atmosphere enhanced by the illusion of no one else being around. After I got home, I realized that my hair was wet from the dampness that had been hanging in the air—which I don't think was any sort of message from Mother Nature that I should wash my hair more often, but more of a "hey, look what I can do" sort of gentle reminder of her power. —Lauri Apple

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)