My first Michigan Winter


I’ve been in Michigan for 4 months now.  Seeing as how it is mid-January, it is safe to say I’m well into my first Michigan Winter as well.  So far, I’d say it is…bearable.  I’m only a few miles from the lake shore, so lake effect snow is a very real thing here.  Since day 1 of moving here people have warned me about the dreaded ‘Michigan Winter’.   It honestly started to feel like every person I met felt a great need to warn me of what I was soon to encounter.  Initially I just gave them a blank stare and responded with “I’m from Iowa.  I’ve been through winter.”  My brother and I have joked about this as he has been here through 4 Michigan Winters.  Here’s the thing: yes, there is more snow here, BUT, at least you can BREATHE!

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Sunset at Red Rock Lake

This past Friday night I went out for a walk.  It was a decent night and I had been taking it easy all week so was ready to stroll about for a while.  I started off heading East, then eventually decided to head back home.  As I turned back West, the sky greeted me with some beautiful colors!  I could tell it was going to be a gorgeous sunset.  As I neared home, I checked the time and realized I would have time to get out to the lake to watch the sunset over it.  I drove out there and found the perfect spot to watch the sunset over Iowa’s biggest lake.  It was stunning.  I took near 100 photos, but have narrowed it down to some of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy!

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The Sky is Pink

Yesterday started off as a decent day.  The sun was shining and for once there wasn’t a chance of rain.  Then the clouds rolled in.  At least I thought they were clouds.  Early in the afternoon I noticed it looked like rain, but nothing was on the radar.  That strange look stayed in the sky the rest of the day.  When I eventually went out side I looked up in the sky and noticed the sun was just a small dot.  Technically I would say the sun was out, but it didn’t have it’s normal perimeter of shining.  It looked more like this:


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