Winters, photo by Waseem Akbar
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Am I the only one who feels like Winter really mailed it in this year? Still, I am not going to stand in the way of the cycle of the seasons – bring on the Spring!
View Waseem’s photo bigger and see more in his slideshow.
aerial shot, photo by Sandy Hansen Photography
“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
—Henry David Thoreau, Walden
One of Thoreau’s most beautiful thoughts in my mind, and we are certainly blessed in Michigan to have the eyes of the earth upon us here as they are in few other places.
Sandy says that at the top of the photo are West & East Grand Traverse Bay and then Elk Lake and Lake Skegemog. You can get your bearings and have a little fun exploring the lakes from above in this 3d view from Google Earth.
View her photo bigger and see more including more from this February flight in her Traverse City Area slideshow.
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Phish, photo by Noah Sorenson
View Noah’s photo bigger on his Facebook and follow him at nsorensenphoto on Instagram for more!
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walloon, photo by Abigail Rose King
WARNING: Do not try this today – just 15 degrees right now and not expected to break 20.
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Frozen Map of Dawn, photo by Heather Higham
Heather writes: Ice formations trace a map in an inland lake’s surface as a mountain of pink clouds engulfs the sky.
View her photo bigger, see more in her slideshow, and view & purchase photos at Snap Happy Gal Photography.
Falling Skies, photo by Heather Higham
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight but will continue tomorrow as well. EarthSky explains:
The shower starts around the second week in December, but, in a bit of bad timing, full moon comes on the peak night (December 13-14) this year. Still, these meteors are known for being bright, so some Geminid meteors may well overcome this year’s moonlit glare. Watch on the evening of December 13 until dawn December 14. The nights before and after might be good as well. Geminid meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night.
…Your local peak will typically be centered at about 2 a.m. local time, no matter where you are on the globe. That’s because the constellation Gemini – radiant point of the shower – will reach its highest point for the night around 2 a.m. (your local time). As a general rule, the higher the constellation Gemini climbs into your sky, the more Geminid meteors you’re likely to see.
Heather took this photo in September of 2016, and there’s FOUR meteors!! View it bigger, see more in her Night Sky slideshow, and view & purchase photos at snaphappygal.com!
Lots more meteors on Michigan in Pictures.
Duck Silhouette, photo by diane charvat
This is a shout-out to everyone who’s struggling with being alone or simply for the bare necessities of life, and to those who are helping to ease their burden. I was so heartened by stories of friends serving meals, inviting lonely friends, and in general reaching out over the Thanksgiving holiday.
We’re all a family. Every one of us, every day.
View Diane’s photo bigger and see more in her Birds slideshow.