Softening a Heart of Stone

There’s a first time for everything – apologies to Aaron Springer for partially incorrectly attributing today’s photo!!

heart-of-stone

Heart of Stone, photo by Aaron Springer

“Light softens even the hardest of hearts.”
~Aaron Springer

A nice sentiment for Valentine’s Day, and I hope you get a chance to spend some time this week enjoying the beautiful light of Michigan.

View Aaron’s photo biggerand see more awesome shots from the Old Mission Peninsula and elsewhere in his slideshow.

There’s 10+ years of Valentine’s Day photos on Michigan in Pictures.

Deer Michigan, I Love You

Deer Tracks - Kitch-iti-Kipi

Deer Tracks – Kitch-iti-Kipi, photo by John McCormick/Michigan Nut

Happy Valentines Day to all of you! I love Michigan even more than stupid puns. 

Someone else who loves this state is my friend John McCormick of Michigan Nut Photography. He’s on quite a tear right now with photos on many Pure Michigan billboards and being featured as an Instagram must-follow for Michigan lovers.

Kitch-iti-kipi means “The Big Spring” and it’s located in Palms Book State Park near Manistique. The park page shares what I’m realizing is kind of a dark story for Valentine’s Day. I do have past Valentine’s Day posts that are sweeter.

The legend of Kitch-iti-kipi is said to be about a young chieftain whose girlfriend got the best of him. He told her he loved her far above the other dark-haired maidens dancing near his birch bark wigwam. Prove it, she insisted. As a test of his devotion, she declared that he must set sail in his canoe on the pool deep in the conifer swamp. He was to catch her from his canoe as she leaped from an overhanging bough. His canoe overturned in the icy waters and he drowned. It turns out that the maiden was back at the village laughing at his foolish quest. According to legend, the Spring was named Kitch-itikipi in memory of the young chieftain who went to his death in the icy waters in an attempt to satisfy the vain caprice of his ladylove.

John observes that the deer that winter in this cedar swamp have a never ending supply of “Kitch-iti-Kipi Spring water.” View the photo bigger on Facebook, dive into his slideshow for some stunning winter shots from the UP, follow him at Michigan Nut Photography, and purchase photos from his website if you’re so inclined.

PS: I shared a summertime pic by John of Kitch-iti-Kipi with more info about this hidden Michigan gem!

Happy Frozen Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Ice

Valentine on Ice, photo by GR2 Photography

Happy FROZEN Valentine’s Day everyone. If you’re like me, with highs predicted for today and tomorrow in single digits and lows below zero across most of Michigan, you’re probably wishing that Mother Nature would let it go!

What an eye from Greg, eh? View his photo bigger and see many more photos & follow him at GR2 Photography on Facebook. Also, if you want to stock up on cool Valentines for next year, click the pic and ask him about that!

More Michigan Valentine’s Day on Michigan in Pictures.

Melt a frozen heart on Valentine’s Day

Valentine Ice

Valentine Ice, photo by Happyhiker4

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and here’s hoping that love finds its way into your day and life!

Check Mark’s photo out on black and see more magical winter shots on Mark’s Facebook!

View past Valentines Days on Michigan in Pictures.

Jump into Valentine’s Day!

Rockford Sweetheart Splash 2012

Rockford Sweetheart Splash 2012, photo by DJ Wolfman.

Happy Valentine’s Day Michigan! Here’s hoping that you find someone in your life who will stick with you in times hot and cold.

Check this out bigger and see more in Daniel’s Rockford Sweetheart Splash slideshow.

Melt a Frozen Valentines Heart

Frozen Valentines Heart

Frozen Valentines Heart, photo by LadyDragonflyCC – Happy Valentines.

A few weeks ago we featured one of LadyDragonflyCC’s photos on our Make it a Michigan Valentine’s Day. Is it OK to go back for seconds, especially as Michigan’s frozen heart melts in a mid February thaw?

Give us what you’re loving this Valentine’s Day in the comments!

Check this out big as love and in her Frozen Possibilities slideshow.

i heart detroit and i heart michigan

i heart detroit

i heart detroit, photo by mlephotos.

Some people I talk to are not fans of Valentine’s Day.

I’ve always thought of Valentine’s Day as a celebration of everything and everyone I love and that has always made it one of my favorite holidays.

How about you? Love it? Hate it? Only in it for the chocolate?

Check this photo out bigger in Meghan’s heart slideshow or see what the whole Absolute Michigan pool hearts.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Have a Splashtacularly Michigan Valentine’s Day

A "Splash-tacular" shot.

A “Splash-tacular” shot., photo by Nicksnottoshabby.

Absolute Michigan is ready to help you Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Michigan Way featuring Valentine’s Day recipes from Michigan B&Bs and all kinds of links and info about how to do Valentine’s Day right.

Because Monday is President’s Day, there’s a slew of events from all across the state (check them out via Pure Michigan) including the first-ever Traverse City Wine & Art Festival Winter Wine Wonderland that I’m working on.

About this photo, Nick writes:

This is what I get into when my parents say I can’t go to the skatepark with all my friends… Luckily nothing really went to waste, the Cran juice was drunk, the strawberry devoured, and the newspaper recycled. My flashes are even powered by recharge batteries. What a smart, and Eco friendly kid I am.

Check it out bigger or in Nick’s slideshow.

Will Shoe Be Mine?

Will Shoe Be Mine?

Will Shoe Be Mine?, photo by docksidepress.

Someone stole my cookies, but fortunately Matt takes his funny Valentines seriously. He suggests you view it on black and I suggest you also view it in his very un-GLUM Winter GLUM 2009 show.

I hope that those of you who celebrate Valentine’s Day have a day filled with fun and love (and chocolate) and that those of you who don’t have a day full of fun and love and chocolate too!

Michigan Valentine's Day stuff!

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day

Building_Silhouette

Building_Silhouette, photo by jmsmith000.

All across the state husbands, wives, lovers and friends are thinking about what to do for Valentine’s Day.

If you’re one of those folks, you might want to head over to Absolute Michigan to check out our thoughts on Celebrating Valentine’s Day the Michigan way (with bonus song!) and also the Mondo Valentine’s Day Rundown.

More photos from Jeffrey on his photography web site.