Winter Musings

So far for 2021, I am enjoying the winter scenery!

January brought a lot of interesting hikes with lots of interesting views. We actually started the year out with a few dry days and lost snow from warmer weather, although the second half of the month brought back the snow that was happily welcomed by most, if not all, islanders. Either way, I still made my way outside to take in the view. One of my favorite places to go that’s also close to town is Anne’s Tablet. A beautiful spot for viewing downtown from a different vantage point, I find the journey to get there more interesting than the destination itself, as there are two trails to get there.

Another fun spot to visit is Fort Holmes, although this time I like it more for the destination rather than the journey… I had decided to go up the stairs on this particular day, and the stairs, covered in a thin layer of dense snow which was therefore slick, made the walk back down a little tricky. But the view was definitely worth it! Thankfully I had my ice cleats on so it wasn’t too dangerous of a journey.

The best thing about the snowfall in January was how fluffy the snow had fallen! I’m not the best at taking snowfall pictures so it was nice to have so many tries at it. Below you can see a few more photos from around town:

Until next time,

Heather

(Click on each image below for a closer look)

Season’s End

We’ve reached a pivotal moment in the year 2020… the end of another season on Mackinac Island. As much as I love making candy and love the summer, I’m happy for the season’s end. It was one heck of a season!

There were definite positives to the season, especially those things that I wouldn’t think would work out but did… I really lucked on out having such a wonderful crew of workers this year. They really had my back (and at one point I mean that literally, as I did throw out my back mid-season!), and we all got along so well and had the best time. I was really fortunate to have such great people to work with this year.

Another positive was the chance I had to get back out and into exploring Mackinac Island itself. It’s easy to get swallowed up with work and I think that’s totally ok to do that when you want to get the work done… and especially when it’s work you like! But I also miss out on a lot of Mackinac in the summer because of that, so I spent more time hiking and biking my favorite trails, learning about how to search for mushrooms, looking for more photo opportunities, and just staying offline and focusing on nature. What a great way to recharge after a long day of work, too! And especially in the fall, that smell of fallen leaves is the absolute best.

Now for the future… at least for the near future, anyway. I’m definitely looking forward to having another winter of the island “to ourselves,” now that the season is over, I’m excited to get back into the settings of my camera and refamiliarize myself with what I love most – capturing the untouched snow on island in the winter. There’s just something about that peaceful quietness that accompanies the snow that you just can’t beat! But until then, we’ve got to get ourselves through these crazy few moments of October and November weather. We’ve already had multiple days of rain, snow, sun, high winds, high waves, and even a water spout, that I can only imagine whatever else comes next, we’ll be able to handle it!

Here are a few final pictures for you from the last couple weeks:

Arch Rock from a distance… our boat to the back way around the island to get to St. Ignace due to high winds

A cleaned out secret garden with Halloween decor…

Stay safe and warm out there, everyone! Until next time…

~ Heather

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Spring in View

There’s been some changes going on down by the boardwalk that I could see slightly from my window, but I finally had a chance to see it close-up recently:

The beach had receded so much over the winter that some parts of the boardwalk had reached under the boardwalk, so the city quickly began work to extend the land away from the boardwalk, adding dirt, rocks and boulders… from what I can see, this week they’re started to add some dirt as well, on top of which I’m assuming will be grass? I guess we’ll wait and see! I’m also not sure how far the addition will extend down the boardwalk, but it’s a relief to know that our beloved boardwalk will not be washed away.

Downtown is also still empty and quiet. Doud’s has opened back up to indoor shoppers, and they’ve added many additions to keep their customers safe. They also are continuing to deliver to residents twice a week, a service that I still use often.

I’ve also had a chance to use my zoom lens a little more! Lots of boats going by, mostly freight boats still… but I started catching the Sacre Bleu sailing by in the last few days! I hear there will be some Starline trips coming out of Mackinaw City sometime soon. It has also recently been quite rainy in Michigan, which has left us with a few mights and mornings of foggy weather. Am I the only one who enjoys the fog?

And more nature from my yard! I have two small gardens in the back yard with spring flowers that are starting to bloom, and the birds are out and about daily, looking for food. I occasionally see a seagull fly over the lake, and am still searching for an owl or an eagle to fly by, with no luck yet.

The daffodils are beginning to bloom

Can anyone tell what these flowers will be? 🙂

 

One of two morning doves that occupies my yard

 

Freight boat in the fog

Until next time,

Heather

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