Simple Pictures 8


Wow!  I knew it had been a while since I last posted, but February?!  Yikes.  I hope all of you out there have been enjoying your summer.   Continue reading


Time to go Somewhere!


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.

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Simple Pictures 6


I’ve been away for about 4 months now – time to get back to posting a little more often!  This summer I worked almost every Saturday and stacked up over 400 hours of overtime.  However, I tried to get out and about when I could.  I spent a weekend exploring Traverse City, MI.  I’ve been frequently blown away by how beautiful Michigan is (having moved here from Iowa about a year ago) and Traverse City was no exception.  I have hundreds of photos from my 2 days there, but this remains one of my favorites.

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Simple Pictures – 5


I went out to my favorite place in town the other night: the channel.  We had a beautiful day and as it got towards sunset the temps were still in the 40s.  The sun was shining brightly, which is unusual for Michigan winters.  I could tell early on that it was going to be a beautiful sunset and after a long winter with so few of those, I was excited.  I got in position with several others, and watched this beauty happen.

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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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Art Prize 2015


Yesterday I spent several hours walking around Art Prize 2015.  This is an annual art show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The show takes place all throughout the downtown area; some exhibits are in buildings, some are outside as murals, sculptures in the river, and statues in fountains.  2015 marks the 7th year of Art Prize.  In just this short time it has become a wildly popular 3-week event that draws in thousands of people.

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Sunset over Lake Michigan

I recently moved to western Michigan.  The town I landed in is right on Lake Michigan.  Being near the water is fun for a lot of reasons, but for me, one of the best things is watching the sun set over the water.  I love spending time out there at sunset.  If the weather is nice several people will be out there, either sitting along the channel, or walking out to the end of the pier.  A few nights ago I looked outside and noticed it was a mostly clear night with a big, beautiful, bright sun.  I knew it would be a good night to head out to the beach and take in the beauty that my new home state had to offer.  Below are some of the pictures I took.

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