Signs of Spring: The Melt

There is much freezing and thawing, this time of year, in Michigan.  A bonus of this fickle weather…icicles!  I love icicles!  Some might notice just a few icicles, on a juniper shrub, but not me…  I see a sparkling wonderland!


All one has to do is look a little closer…


Come on…closer…


There you go!


Mother Nature leaves us the most beautiful gifts, if only we take the time to notice…


What an incredible time to celebrate the changing of the seasons…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




Pancake Ice!


We have had crazy, cold temperatures here in West Michigan.  Due to this, Mother Nature has blessed us with the gift of pancake ice. The circular ice is formed from water swirling, picking up frazzle on all sides.  The pancakes bump into one another, causing a raised rim along the outside edges.

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Pancake ice can range from 12 inches in diameter to 10 feet wide!

Here is a video!  I apologize for the noisy wind!

After spending some time in the channel, I made my way towards the pier…

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As you can see, I was the only crazy person at the lake shore!

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I came to the edge of the pier, which was solid ice.  With no guard rail and extremely high winds,  I changed lenses for it would not be safe to continue.

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I thought I would explore the beach area, for a different view…

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By now, I was turning into a Roda Popsicle!

A little cell phone, selfie action!

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It appears that the lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling are very close together, in these shots.  I thought I would drive up the coast for a more realistic, spacial view.

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Yesterday was a magical experience.  Could I feel my toes? NO!  Could I feel my fingers?  Absolutely NOT!  Was my heart warm inside…most definitely!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…




Linda’s Black and White Photo Challenge

The amazing Dragon Queen, a.k.a Linda, over at   started a fun black and white vs. color photo challenge!  Grab your camera and join in on the fun!

Which one is your favorite?

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…