This is the second year we've had little to no snow in December. I won't say I'm complaining, but I am starting to miss that white fluffy stuff just a little bit.
To reminisce, I looked back through my photo files (remember when we had albums?!) and came across these gems from 2010. For those of you who live in warmer climates or near oceans, we get lake ice like nothing else imaginable. Lake Michigan is huge- even sea-like. Many people have a hard time believing it's fresh water, which unlike salt water, will freeze after a long spell of subfreezing temperatures. The wave motion of the water creates a large ice shelf or bank along the beach, and all types of interesting formations develop. VERY cautiously, and this is highly debatable as people are often injured, you can walk along the ridges closest to the beach and get some great photos. As a disclaimer- this is risky! There can be snow covered air pockets that drop you right into the frigid water underneath, or a warm spell can soften the ice. Ice floes can look like solid spots, until you notice the very slight wave motion within them. We generally carry very long sticks and test the ice before we walk.
For a moment in time, it feels like a hike through the Arctic. Turn your back to the land and look out over the water and you expect a whale to blow or seal to surface at any time. It's easy to get the feeling a polar bear isn't too far behind you....
You're welcome to come back anytime now, Winter.
Anna and her husband Todd own Arcadia Gardens, LLC a Stevensville, MI based landscape design and build company. Her degree in Horticulture with a focus on landscape management from Michigan State University allows Anna to select plants specific to on-site conditions and with maintenance requirements that suit the client's needs. She is comfortable designing across a range of styles- from contemporary to classic- and makes a point to include the client's input throughout the design process. She is an active member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is serving as 2014 President of the APLD-Michigan Chapter. Anna has recently contributed to media such as "The Designer" and Gardendesign.com and is qualified to speak on a variety of topics from landscape design and maintenance to addressing local garden clubs and organizations.
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