Beautiful 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.
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.
Then a clear night comes, just before Christmas.
December 24 we drive to Point Betsie Lighthouse on Lake Michigan.
We approach Point Betsie Lighthouse.
There was no beach walking today!
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.
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.