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Images of December, 2013

By Evelyn WeliverBeautiful December snow of northern Michigan wraps around the trees, sticks to the rough trunks, lies along the oak branches, blows in our faces, makes us laugh, makes us swear.  We freeze, we exercise, blow our noses, crave sunshine, drink hot chocolate, coffee and tea, bake cookies, eat cookies, gain weight and exercise some more.  The world here is a set of live wood block prints. We give thanks for the winter solstice and the sun starting its way north. (You can click on the pictures to enlarge, then use back arrow, upper right corner.)

The snow began December 1 and stayed, along with cold temperatures in the teens or below.

Early snow, Interlochen State Park, MI

Early snow, Interlochen State Park, MI

 

Evelyn in front of maple trees in the park.

Evelyn in front of maple trees in the park

 

Del is dressed for a cold walk

Del is dressed for a cold walk

Snow covered blue spruce

Snow covered blue spruce in the park

Duck Lake completely freezes Dec. 10

Duck Lake completely freezes Dec. 10

The weather remains cold with many windy days.  Finally it becomes calm and Duck Lake freezes on December 10, 2013.  This is the earliest that we remember since 1968-69.  Usually Duck Lake freezes between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

This is what passes for "sunshine".

This is what passes for "sunshine"

One day we had 6 hours of sun!

One day we had 6 hours of sun!

The snow freezes in our trees.

The snow freezes in our trees.

Then a clear night comes, just before Christmas.

7 a.m. A full moon shines above our tree with a star to the right.

7 a.m. A full moon shines above our tree with a star to the right.

Berries in the woods.

Berries in the woods.

December 24 we drive to Point Betsie Lighthouse on Lake Michigan.

Del snow blowing the drive so we can go.

Del snow blowing the drive so we can go.

A snow plow works along Crystal Lake

A snow plow works along Crystal Lake

An orchard in the snow

An orchard in the snow

A giant tree beside the orchard

A giant tree beside the orchard

We approach Point Betsie Lighthouse.

Point Betsie Road, Lake Michigan ahead

Point Betsie Road, Lake Michigan ahead

Point Betsie Light House, Lake Michigan

Point Betsie Light House, Lake Michigan, Dec. 24, 2013

The path to the Lake, beside the Light House

The path to the Lake, beside the Light House, Lake Michigan.

There was no beach walking today!

Driving home along M22

Driving home along M22

Every once in a while we see the sun rise.  So far this month I have counted 18 hours of full sunshine spread over 4 days.  Today is Dec. 27.

The sun rises way to the south.

The sun rises way to the south.

My purple beech tree outside our living room window.

My purple beech tree outside our living room window.

With the sun starting its way north and the leaf buds on the trees, I know that Spring will come!  In the meantime, with cup of hot chocolate in hand,  I will enjoy the art of winter.

 

  • CathyStripeLester

    Beautiful photos, Evelyn!

  • Evelyn

    Thank you, Cathy.

  • Jo Anne

    Gorgeous photos, Evelyn. It ALMOST makes me want to be there to see it all……almost

    • Evelyn

      Hi Jo Anne,
      Thank you.
      You have picked a good winter to be away; it is very long, pretty, but long.

      • Jo Anne

        So far we have had a very mild winter. I’m hoping it continues. Stay warm!

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