Lake Michigan

Robert Rausch
Lake Michigan
from A Tour of Lake Michigan, My Inland Sea by Rich Cohen for The New York Times

"To really know the lake, though, you’ve got to get in it over your head. You enter across a bed of sharp rocks — an imperfection that illuminates the perfection of the whole. The water is very clear and very cold. As you go under, the air leaves your body. Unless it’s August or September, when the water temperature climbs into the low 80s, your skin takes on a bluish tint. You swim out, not as buoyant as in a salt sea, but energized."