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Sunday, April 29, 2012

More Snow in the U.P.

Believe it or not, we got snow yesterday in the U.P.
of Michigan.

But the photos below are NOT from we only got a dusting yesterday.

These photos below are from Nov./Dec. 2011

Our lake shining in the winter sun:

The apples in our front yard got caught by surprise with our first snowstorm:

Our little town cemetery:

Believe it or not, I still have more snow photos to share with you next time!
You only have ONE day left to send in your


photo for the April, 2012

you don't have to be a Blogger to enter.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Things Were Happening in the Woods and on the Lake!

As late fall 2011 progressed, as usual in the U.P.
we'd have a mixture of autumn
and winter
and back to Autumn
before the real winter set in.

Here are some pictures of our first snowstorm
and of some of the things we saw
during that time of year.

The doves, wondering what happened to fall?:

I told this deer to go into hiding, and SOON. It was almost Nov. 15th
and in this neck of the woods, that means he'd be a target soon.

It got cold fast....and ice was close behind:

My poor garden frog....

My lake as it started freezing over...this is at the far west of our lake:

One of our first storms...the branches laden with snow:

Also at the far west end of our lake:

More winter photos are coming...
so stay tuned.
And if they aren't a reason to enjoy your present SPRING...and be grateful for our warmth this time
of  year, I don't know what IS.

Winter is gorgeous, but I do enjoy the re-birth of all our gardens and the warmth that Spring brings.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Out of Autumn and Straight into Winter!

I am slowly catching up to the seasons...

This blogpost will show you some photos I took at the end of last Autumn
and straight into the beginning of last winter in the U.P.

Monday, April 23, 2012

We have a WINNER!: for March 2012's FREE PHOTO CONTEST: Theme: Green!!

It was hard for the Judges....
(like always)...

but they came through with a winner
March 2012's

Theme: GREEN!!

If you missed the entries, just click HERE to see them all.

As always, they were all fantastic!






Congratulations to Tammy S.!!!!!

Her blog is called: "Simple Southern Happiness".

The Judges said her photo was picked for the following reasons:
--artistic composition
--green subject matter supplemented with wonderful green bokeh (background blur)
--difficulty of capturing subject (bug)

Honorary mention also goes to:
--Lindy Lou
--Jacob Mc

All of you did a fantastic job!!!

Now, get your APRIL 2012's photo in to me before April 30 2012...
The Theme this month is:



Saturday, April 21, 2012

More Shots of Last Autumn!: waterfalls, Moose and Lord knows what Else!

Continuing today with various shots we took back in October
before the leaves fell all off the trees
and before Old Man Winter caught up with us here in the U.P.

Shelves of water, rock and fallen leaves:

It always makes my DAY (week/month!) when we see
one of THESE
big fellas out there!:

I don't mind when one of these little fellas
poses either!:

Up close and personal!:

Now that I am looking at that moose,
I have to get in our truck and look again for one.....

I hate that when that happens....

Oh, Paul......load of the car, honey...
and don't forget my tripod!!!!!!!


Don't forget!!

Just a few more days to get in your



Shoes is the theme for the April 2012

Just follow these rules, get your shot in before midnight April 30th!!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Beautiful U.P.!

What is the U.P.?
It stands for Upper Peninsula.
Of Michigan, of course.

People from here are called YOOPERS (from U.P.-ers)

It is like no other place.
It is rural compared to other areas of Michigan.

It is unique, surrounded and filled with lots of water everywhere.
And trees.
And nature.
And wonderful, warm, friendly people.

Lots of Finnish, French, Italian and other cultures
that worked together in the mines and in the forests, raising generations of kids
who hold the U.P. in their heart forever.

I grew up as an Air Force brat, but my folks were from the Keweenaw Bay and L'Anse areas so we lived here many times during my childhood and I ended up
here in my adult life because I married a Yooper man and I can never be away from
Lake Superior very long without longing to come back.

Today I have autumn pictures of the U.P. (my homeland)
for you.


The mouth of the Huron River where it meets Lake Superior:
The Huron islands are straight ahead of you in the photo:


Point Abbaye overlooking Lake Superior:


Autumn mushrooms on logs:

Copper Harbor bay:
(I fell in love with the lone tree on the rocky island)

Another one of Point Abbaye:

There are so many waterfalls here. It is one of my favorite things to photograph!:


I have always loved the rocks along the Lake Superior shore and all of the jutting cliffs overlooking the shore:


I hope you can get out an embrace the wonders of Nature where you live.
They are waiting for you to come and visit....

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

October photos!

Still showing some of the U.P. of Michigan's
autumn photos for you today.

Footprints leading to the Huron River:

Golden autumn, how I loved thee!:

Colorful Lake Superior rocks under the waves!:

Point Abbaye at Lake Superior shoreline:

Taken from the top of Brockway Mountain Drive
in the Copper Harbor area of the U.P. A MUST SEE if you come up in the autumn to see the colors!:

One of the many, many waterfalls you can find in Marquette and Baraga Counties:

A view of one of the Huron Islands off Point Abbaye:

Have you ever been blessed with a perfect autumn day? The kind where there are no bugs, a slight, warm breeze and the sweet scent of the leaves?
Well, all of these pictures were taken on those kinds of days. We had a streak of about 4 days that were absolutely perfect and we hit the roads with some friends and did hiking and took all of these pictures. It couldn't have been more ideal.
Those are the kinds of days that stay in your heart forever.
I am glad I could share them with you.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Spring you Say?...Nah, I am still showing you last Autumn!

I know it is Spring...
my pictures today are still
Autumn 2011.

I am woefully behind in sharing what a fantastic fall we had in upper Michigan..
so now you get them!

(Better late than never, right?)

This little guy was so cute sitting on a stump in the woods!:

Some rocks jutting out in Lake Superior at Copper Harbor, Michigan:

This was a little bay right in Copper Harbor which I thought looked so cute with the boathouse and bridge:


I have waited and waited to see an owl in the wild to photograph.
One flew in front of our car so we stopped and I caught him with my lens...he wasn't very close, but I was thrilled to see him just the same!:

In Baraga County, the Huron River pours into Lake Superior
at this pretty spot!:

I can always count on some driftwood being there too:

This is the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse in Eagle Harbor, Michigan.
It is gorgeous up in the Copper Country in the U.P. of Michigan...if you ever get a chance, come up in the fall...we have visitors all over the U.S. to see the fall colors there:

I will be posting more autumn U.P. photos over the next few blogposts
until I make my way to my winter and spring photos. (LOL)

One of these days my postings will catch up with the seasons!

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