It is about halfway through winter here in Michigan. Last week was the darkest week on record for this winter. So far this winter we have had 9% sunshine. Tonight, the ‘light snow showers’ turned into about 3 inches of snow in 2 hours, with snow in the forecast for the next several days.
I need to get away.
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!
I am Iowa born and raised. Even though I have been here my whole life, there are a lot of things in this state I have yet to explore and discover. I have a bit of a checklist in my head. This past weekend I checked another item off my list. Do you recognize this window below?
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!
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: