2020: WNLP’s best and most memorable shots


As this challenging year of 2020 closes, we at WNLP are so thankful to our devoted readers, our valued photographers/writers Bob Wellinski and Mike Kellems, our community organizations, and our advertisers for continuing to sustain us with exceptional photos and valuable information. This is our 11th year! As we close 2020 and wholeheartedly welcome 2021, here are some particularly beautiful and/or meaningful photos from the past 12 months:

In December, Wellinski took this photo of swelling waves on an angry Lake Michigan in Michigan City, accentuated by an appropriate sign.

Mike Kellems took this optical illusion of “abridged bridges,” the Pine/Stone Lakes footbridge and vehicle bridge, seeming to merge.

Mike Kellems provided this mystery aerial image of the footbridge being installed across the channel off Lakeshore Drive near Grangemouth Bridge.

Double exposure? Kellems took this photo of a decoration courthouse in front of the real courthouse in December.

Wellinski spotted these early blooms temporarily coated by snow in April.

Denise Pruden’s gorgeous photo shows a tiny tree frog resting (and perhaps awaiting a flying snack) in the center of an iris in August.

Wellinski took this delectable photo of the B-17 bomber Sentimental Journey on the August evening it arrived at the La Porte Municipal Airport.

A bit reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting, this field of sunflowers was spotted by Glen Richardson in August.

Former La Portean Anna Bitick photographed this pelican in flight against an orange Florida sky in December.

It ain’t pretty, but it’s historical as a La Porte County EMS employee is among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in December, photographed by Kellems.

U.S. Marine Private William E. Rambo, 20, was killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943, during the Battle of Betio, Tarawa Atoll. The former Slicer was buried in a mass grave. In February, it was announced that his remains would be returned home in April to be buried in Washington, D.C.

The bald eagles like it here! Bill Power photographed this one in its nest in rural La Porte. The eagles have made this nesting site their home for several years now.

It was a thrilling game, but the South Central girls lost their bid to vie for the state championship by one – just one – point in OT in February.

Wellinski caught Comet Neowise streaking past the spire of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in July.

Bob was there as fireworks erupted over Pine Lake in July.

Kellems photographed this lovely silhouette of South Central grads tossing their caps in June.

Jeff Kubaszyk sent us this gorgeous photo of a sailboat gliding on Lake Michigan off Michigan City’s Washington Park Beach in June.

Bob caught the steely stare of this hawk eyeing its next meal in June.

And it was Bob (Birdman?) again who took this closeup of a hungry baby robin in June.

Mike took this of demonstrators walking down the Pine Lake overpass during their protest of the George Floyd death in Minnesota in June.

In May, Cherri Drayton sent us this photo of the St. Peter’s Church sign displaying a message that could apply to so many things in 2020.

Corey Goers witnessed the sky on fire in November.

“You talkin’ to ME?” A red-bellied woodpecker appears to challenge Kellems through his window in November.

This pooch looks rather incredulous as it receives a blessing from Deacon Frank Zolvinski in October.

A semi fire on the toll road in September caused quite a backup, as shown by Bob’s photo taken from the overpass in September.

Corey Goers captured a spider’s intricate handiwork in September.

Fred Varsanik caught this glorious scene while fishing in Wisconsin in September.

Jane Bernard’s pooch, Scout, gets into the fun during the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter’s Splash Bash in September.

Not good news, but a spectacular sight nevertheless as a barn goes up in flames near Union Mills in September, photographed by Mike.

2 Responses to “2020: WNLP’s best and most memorable shots”

  1. Jan Belles

    Jan 01. 2021

    What a wonderful way to start 2021. These are some very beautiful images from 2020. Thank you to all the contributors.

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  2. Julie Kessler

    Jan 02. 2021

    Really enjoyed seeing these exceptional pics. Thanks for curating them.

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