Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Day two on the shore of my favorite Lake


This morning, the day after Christmas, started out just like yesterday ended; blowing snow and roaring wind and waves. I was somewhat discouraged to face another full day inside. Still….the lake was beautiful, though often obscured by bands of incoming snow.

Not a good morning to lounge on the deck.

I began a new book. Checked social media. Checked the fridge. Filled the cat bowl with fresh food and water. Took a nap. Watched some cooking shows on PBS, and then learned how to paint a happy little tree with Bob Ross. By early afternoon the wind had died down a tiny bit and I pulled on the coat, hat, boots, gloves and grabbed the camera to go down to the lake and see what was what.

Each little weed is covered in ice and pressed snow.

For all the blowing and noise of the night there really was very little snow left on the dune. But each little stem of the dune grasses was coated in a hard covering of ice and snow.

And the rope, which would be used to help me climb back up the dune looked permanently frozen, but beautiful.

Not so helpful now.

The wind really hadn’t died down very much after all, I was just out in between snow bands. It was frigid, (only 7 degrees F, -13 C) so cold I couldn’t really see through my view finder, especially squatted down low to see those little ice clad weeds. The horizons on those shots were almost 45 degrees! Good thing I found the straightening tool in Lightroom!

I only lasted outside for a total of 7 minutes. And I didn’t risk climbing down the dune to the water. But I got outside and I feel much better for having tried. I might even attempt a drive to town. But probably not, as that would entail removing ice from the car windshield. Tomorrow might be a better day for that adventure.

So, until I get out to find something new to capture, stay warm everybody!


Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

19 thoughts on “Day two on the shore of my favorite Lake

  1. Wow Dawn, what beautiful pictures. And a beautiful place… easy for me to say as I lounge in the sun in my shirtsleeves in California! 😉
    Still both locations are filled with natures beauty and we are both blessed to be experiencing them.


  2. Brrr, I’m impressed you went outside with the cold temps! It was -13 last night, and -8 by this morning up this way. I’ve been staying in.


  3. Love the frozen rope picture! That was worth 7 minutes of cold, right?


  4. I love the ice and snow in the weeds. Good captures. I’m glad you found the straightening tool too. Photos with seriously crooked horizons drive me nuts and they are all over the web!


  5. love your captures- stay warm!


  6. The photos are wonderful….and you are one brave soul! The camera did not freeze up? I have never photographed in that cold, so pardon the strange question.


  7. Dawn, your photos are amazing!! Are you using a certain kind of camera? And I’m impressed you lasted for 7 minutes – I’ve become such a wimp to cold weather!!

    Are you in the UP?


    • I’m in the very tip of northern lower Michigan. Right on Lake Michigan. Cold cold cold and continual snow at the moment, all lake effect snow so may not stop all week. The lake is a lot warmer than the air, hence the snow. I guess.

      I use a Cannon, nothing special. I think it’s all in the processing.


  8. I didn’t realize how brutal it could be exposed on the lake like that. Our lake house growing up was in a cove. The view wasn’t grand, but now I see the price for such vast beauty.


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