28 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday

  1. They are great shots. In the first one, I can even see the rug in the middle 😉 🙂

    With the white background, I can only see the snow in the pictures, which is a great effect.

    Have fun 🙂

  2. This looks rather large to be a pond! I feel soothed just looking at these – the stillness speaks to me. Was it as quiet as I imagine? You can imagine how hard it is to find peace and quiet in a country with a billion people!! Thank goodness for vicarious pleasures 😊

    • I think they just named it Rugg Pond because we have so many lakes up here. There’s a place we like to hiking nearby that they really gave up entirely. The lakes are just numbered.
      And yes, it was precisely as still and quiet as you can imagine. Only in the winter is it this quiet. The rest of the year, even in completely remote areas, wildlife chatters and insects chirp noisily. Happy to provide vicarious silence 😉

        • Me too 🙂
          It’s one of those things that you don’t think about until you’re in it. I’ve read several books that are based in post-apocalyptic times where the humans have mostly gone, but the rest of nature remains. The authors always talk about how silent it is – how it’s practically deafening. I always assume these authors haven’t actually been completely alone in nature, because it’s almost never quiet. Nights in the summer can be shockingly loud!

          • LOL…That is true! They probably have never been or perhaps they want sinister! There’s a certain comfort in natural sounds but they can be sinister too especially when unexpected! How often they use the sudden screech of an owl to create panic in the movies;)

    • It’s a swan family, with some of the younger ones finally emerging from their “ugly duckling” days. Petey really wanted to go play with them. He got one foot in the water before we moved on 🙂

    • Bring your coat, and gloves, and scarf, and…
      It’s COLD out there today. Not so much the temperature – it’s hovering just below the freezing mark – but the wind is utterly brutal. Brrrrr!

  3. hi Heather, i’ve been sharing your pictures and blog with my family, most of who are UP expats living in lower Michigan, West Virginia and California…my brother sent me an email this morning with this statement i want to pass along…
    “let Heather know she is sustaining a following of ex-pat yoopers living in CA by jogging our memories and reminding us what is amazing about MI …”

    i second his heartfelt statement and thank you so very much for sharing the breathtaking, divinely created beauty that is the UP, and Michigan in general! happy holidays from San Diego!

    the Gagnon family

    • Gangnon family members, your comment(s) made my evening 🙂 My husband and I moved here three and a half years ago, just because we like it. I started blogging to keep in touch with friends and family, because we knew no one when we relocated, but it’s since just turned into a way to share my love of the area. I’m glad you all can enjoy your beloved former home state/area vicariously. Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy Holidays to all of you! (And if you have any recommendations for places I should visit, I’m all ears!)

  4. Question. Do the swans stay all winter long, or do they fly south? If they fly south, then they are late. What do they do when the ice freezes completely? Inquiring minds wonder.

    • They stay! I call them birdbrains all the time, and I ask them (usually from the car as we zoom past) whether they got the memo regarding how cold it is. I think they just go to a place where the water isn’t frozen, or they live off scraps and human fodder. And I’m pretty sure they don’t all make it 😦

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