First, there are 18 large images included below, so if you have a slow connection, I will be eating all your bandwidth while they load. My apologies. It might do to fix some tea or coffee while you wait. 🙂
This weekend is probably the first this season where the whole thing felt seasonable. The snow from our first big snowstorm hadn’t entirely melted when we got the second big snow, and I’m not sure a single snowflake has melted from that one. Sublimed, perhaps but melted, no. Yesterday we spent three glorious hours skiing on mostly pristine powder. I felt a bit like the kid from A Christmas Story. I had on two pairs of socks and toe warmers; leggings, yoga pants, and snow pants; under armor-ish shirt, thick thermal shirt, down ski coat; and two neck gaiters, a running beanie, a balaclava, and a bi-layer knit hat. It didn’t feel as ridiculous as it sounds, and it kept me warm, which is pretty impressive considering it was all of 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) when we started.
It was one of those days that makes you feel alive. The sky was streaked with bright blues and swathes of patchy clouds. The trees were still tufted in downy snow. The air was nearly still, but very crisp. All in all, perfect for taking pictures. Today wasn’t what most would think of as picturesque, but that’s what we did since I felt like I should give my knee the day off. I was thrilled with the weather though, since it was a typical northern Michigan winter day: snowing and overcast, but bright because of the reflective ground cover.
Pictures are arranged somewhat chronologically.
In the back yard, and on our road:
270 degree views of Torch Lake, in Alden:
Sunset over East Bay:
The Platte River, today:
Views at the Point Betsie lighthouse: