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Normally, I adore the Heikki Lunta fireworks over Teal Lake they hang and fall slow like syrup. But this year was unseasonably warm and they were “just fireworks” not fireworks in January’s sub-zero freezes. I forgot my tripod and had to capture images while holding my breath and praying. Seems attendance was low this year, too. The only good thing was my fingers and toes did not hurt with pins and needles and I did not have to breath thru a scarf (wink).

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Sledding with Liam I
Photographer: Grandma

Mike and I took Ceiri and Liam with us to Lakenenland last weekend. I loved watching my daughter play with my grandson. The blues were beautiful that day and we were all smiling on Saturday.

Sledding with Liam II
Photographer: Grandma

Liam works hard. But look closely, Momma is working harder. That’s Mike in the background clicking photos of what some people call Junkyard Art. Many of the pieces at Lakenenland are awesome and artful, intricate and detailed. Not a junky piece out there.

Sledding with Liam III
Photographer: Grandma

Liam is a good son though and makes sure momma is hydrated. There was lots of snow ingested that afternoon.

Sledding with Liam IV
Photographer: Grandma

All good things, however, must come to an end. I think Ceiri had to walk and pull Liam a little bit. No one pulled me. Not even Mike.

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These photos were taken on Baby Lake Trail (2 kilometers easy/beginner)at Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming Michigan. Saturday was blessed with blue skies and the snow form several days of lake effect clung to the trees. There was little wind and the day was magical. Mike and I were out on snow shoes. But as you can see by the couple walking down the trail–they were not needed. Of course, unless you are a photographer that is often drawn off trail, then you must simply have snow shoes.


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Ore Dock reflection, photo by Kim Nixon

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USCG Mobile Bay, Coastie Curves, Photo by Kim Nixon

The USCG Mobile Bay broke the ice into Marquette’s Lower Harbor this weekend. The sun glittered on the fresh cut ice. I was surprised to see how thick the ice was 4-8 inches. I guess last weekend’s Ice fisherman were safe afterall. Whew!

This is a sure sign of spring’s coming! The Great Lakes shipping season will soon be underway.

USCG Mobile Bay, Ice Hulled, photo by Kim Nixon

USCG Mobline Bay, Prop, Photo by Kim Nixon

Fractured, Photo by Kim Nixon

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These photos were taken on the evening of March 14, 2009. The ice so thin it took less than a minute for an auger to rush through. Water was atop the ice, but so were many fishermen and women.

Green Bucket, photo by Kim Nixon

Winter is fading in the Upper Peninsula. We may have another storm or two. The thaw has certainly arrived, though. Warm enough to wear a light coat some days.

I have never understood the attraction to thin ice, or ice-fishing for that matter. I will wait for warmer temps and head out in a boat.

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