Reflections before the snow…

Something old

Hello, dear readers.

I am so delinquent.

First, these photos no longer depict what the western end of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula looks like.

These photos come to you from Before the Snow.

Last Saturday eve, to be precise.

Something new

Can you feel the quiet of the descending night?

The way the Portage Canal looked smooth as glass, reflecting every shimmer from the buildings above?

Can you feel the way we felt as the snow approached with stealthy insistence from the south-west?

Can you sense that anticipating feeling when you know the weather is about to change?

That’s how we felt as our eyes lingered in the approaching dusk.  We felt poised at the cusp of something Unknown.

Nothing borrowed

The snow arrived several hours later, gusting its white curtain around all the snug little buildings.

The cold curled its lips as if to announce, “You think you can ward me off forever?  I am here to stay.  Get used to it.”

Yes, Master Snow.

We’re getting used to you.

Something blue

My daughter said, just an hour ago on the phone, “Show snow pictures!”

“No!” I replied, with gusto.  “The reflection photos first.”

“No,” she begged, “I want to see snow.”

“No!” her mama replied.  “Reflections first, then snow.  That’s the way it Must be.”

Something orange brick

That’s the way it must be.

Because–if I wait much longer–we’ll be buried in the White Stuff and then it will be totally inappropriate to linger before flowing water and reflections.  Ice will have formed, and then Reflections are Yesterday’s news.

The day the moon came down to earth

Back to delinquency.  You may be wondering where the Memoirs are.

They are in hiding.  They are refusing to come out until Your Blogger has some time and inclination.  Last time I needed a good hour’s nap, and I’m frightened that this will be a common occurrence.

I am waiting until perhaps tomorrow morning.  Or Saturday morning.  Some time where a space of time opens up in which to dive headfirst into the elusive past.

Some time when the couch is handy for after-blogging napping.

Bridge reflections

In the meantime, hoping you enjoyed these reflections.

They may be the last you see for months to come.

Ice doesn’t usually reflect well when it’s covered with snow.

P.S.  I am almost–almost–done with the Blogging Christmas cards.  Thirty of you requested my homemade Christmas good wishes.   (I guessed 24 of you would request them.  My daughter guessed either 34 or 36, something like that.   Looks like she might have won…)  The best part has been cards I’ve been receiving from some of YOU!  What a pleasure!  You guys are the best!

Reflecting with joy.   Love, Kathy

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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38 Responses to Reflections before the snow…

  1. Elisa's Spot says:

    What you sent to me, was the best personal gift that I can ever remember receiving. I like these colors and reflections more of late. I tend to like bright attractive bits in with normal average, even some consider drab objects. The color seems or feels like personality. Are you using new lens or something?

    • Kathy says:

      I don’t THINK I’m doing anything differently, Elisa, although I have been more intrigued by color of late, too. (Part of me is despairing entering the black and white season…) Would love a macro lens, Santa. (not you!) I am glad you liked the card!

  2. I’m so glad you decided to show the reflection photos first – they’re gorgeous! I especially love “The Day The Moon Came Down To Earth”, I can’t describe exactly why… I just do!!

  3. Heather says:

    These are lovely, but you can add me to the list alongside Kiah, clamoring for snow pictures. Last year by this time we had a couple feet. Today, it looks like we’ve had just a sprinkling of dippin’ dots. I am eager for Master Snow 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Oh my, you non-snow folks! I sure hope Master Snow hears you and Kiah and comes your way. I am so often feeling photographically inadequate when facing Mr. Snow. It always seems so impossible to capture his exquisite beauty with a camera. However, I shall try…

  4. Susan D says:

    I love these reflection pictures. They’re so vivid that one can easily sense the coming snow. I understand the desire of others to see snow pictures. I’d want to, also, if we didn’t have our own snow beauty at our finger tips, and nose tips, and eyelash tips …

    Thank you for my Christmas card! It’s wonderful, as are you…

    • Kathy says:

      Man oh man, Susan D, finger tips, nose tips, eyelashes tips….we’re inundated!!!! Why these non-snow folks want snow pics is beyond me…OK, it isn’t. Will soon comply, I am sure, as it’s the only happenin’ outside the window. I am glad you liked the snow card. And you know I adore you, too!

  5. HolEssence says:

    Kathy – I can’t quite put my finger on why, but “something blue” is the one that’s jumping off the screen at my heart,

    And while you’re getting snow, Snow, SNOW, we’re happily delinquent so far. Well, one day we had some white stuff that didn’t stick. For about 2 hours our town looked like it had been professionally flocked, and then — Poof! — it was gone.

    • Kathy says:

      “Professionally flocked”???? My goodness, I have never attempted to use that phrase before! But you are suddenly inspiring me. I am glad you like Something Blue and that it is finding its way into your heart. Wishing you snow. Not too much. Enough.

  6. jeff v says:

    So my tax bill wasn’t my christmas card? Thanks. Not much snow yet in these parts but we are on pace to set a record for total precip. for the year. stay warm!

    • Kathy says:

      All you had to do is say you wanted a “real” Christmas card, Jeff. (We can’t count those taxes…no, they do not produce the same festive result.) We’re trying to stay warm. Hope you get a little snow–but not any more than you want.

  7. Brenda Hardie says:

    Hi Kathy! Thank you for the Christmas card…I loved that it was a 2nd or 3rd generation card ♥ Those are the best kind in my mind! I am working on something for you and hopefully it’ll be in the mail this weekend 😀
    Today…there are 2 of your pictures that speak to me…the “something old” picture and the “something blue”….old things always grab my attention and like Laurie, I can’t quite put my finger on why the blue picture speaks to me but it is. ♥ As far as snow…we have some here, enough to cover the ground with about 5 inches now (it has packed down a bit since we received the 6 inches the other day) Guess we’ll be having a White Christmas after all! ♥

    • Kathy says:

      Brenda, I am thrilled that you enjoy generational cards. It is interesting why some photos “speak” to us and others do not. And how different ones appeal to different ones… Thank you.

  8. We actually had a bit of snow here today–though it didn’t stick. Having spent the last two winters in the tropics I’m looking forward to the white stuff. I know–kind of crazy, isn’t it? All that to say, I too am looking forward to your snow photos, though these are pretty cool. Stay warm, my friend.

    • Kathy says:

      I hope you get just enough white stuff to make you smile all the way through winter, Kathy! After your last two tropical winters, you deserve some snow. (But the only way to stay warm these days is so stay in the house. Brrrr….cold…)

  9. Sybil says:

    Raining here on the coast of Nova Scotia Kathy. Unseasonably mild. Love the reflection images. Favourite: “Something Blue”.

    Can’t wait for the next Memoirs instalment …

  10. susan says:

    Lovely photos. I can wait for the snow pics! I know you get snow before we do, and the first fall or two is mighty pretty – and then I am ready for parts south, way south! 🙂

  11. Karma says:

    I received your Christmas card – it is lovely! Mine went out in the mail today – not homemade, but made by me! 😉
    Reflections are fun – I love the way you captioned them.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh cool, Karma! I will be excited to open the mailbox and see your card. (It’s always fun to get real cards–just for us–in amidst the impersonal tax payments for my job.) Glad you liked yours. 🙂

  12. john says:

    I see the bridge is in snowmobile position. The picture of Ripley would have gone great with the DMG story this past week. Wish I was up there to see the snow!

    • Kathy says:

      gosh, good eye, John. It’s been snowing like crazy all day today, although they’re only predicting 3-5 inches. We have to go out in it tonight to the kids’ Christmas program. Brrrr…..

  13. Claire says:

    I just love the photos of your part of America.It is so great to see such beauty from other places which reinforces the knowledge that we live on such a beautiful planet. Let’s look after and care for it. X

  14. I really enjoyed the reflection pictures, but I have to echo your daughter… SHOW SNOW PICTURES!!!! They would look so pretty with the snowfall on your blog 😉

    I received your card yesterday, thank you so much! Reading it really put a smile on my face 🙂
    I’m still working on mine… no picture of the girls (yet!) but at least Plan B is in place. Either way, they WILL go out sometime next week!!

    • Kathy says:

      MS. CLICK! You and Kiah and Heather must have snow-patience. One of these days you’ll see it here. Of course, we have to get through the Texas memoirs before you’ll see a drop of the fluffy white stuff here, LOL! Glad you liked your card…

  15. sonali says:

    Beautiful one, Kathy. Quite sparkling for this season, though our side season is still sunny and bright. I loved the “when moon came down to the earth” picture, brilliantly displayed. Is’nt this season full of fun & surprises? 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Sonali! That was a quite unexpected picture, indeed. I really didn’t expect the moon to dive out of the sky and land by the canal! (LOL–just kiddin’–I am glad you liked these.)

  16. bearyweather says:

    Choosing reflections to show first was definitely a great decision. I love reflection pictures, they allow the viewer to see the world differently.

    Fall dies in a beautiful burst of color and Winter is born with beautiful white puffiness. The in between seasons time is definitely one of beauty … but, most of us focus on the death of Fall, not the birth of Winter. Come Spring, the opposite is true … most of us will be shouting for joy at Winter’s death and focusing on the birth of Spring.
    Someone should tell Winter that we would appreciate it more by celebrating it’s birth and mourning it’s death if it did not stick around so long that it becomes an unwanted guest. 😉

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad you agree, Bearyweather. You understand how winter will completely take us over for so many months, often outstaying its welcome (unless you’re an ice fisherman or snowmobiler or skier). We must take advantage of these last precious moments before the world folds in upon itself. Thank you.

  17. Dana says:

    Kathy: “The Day The Moon Came Down To Earth” photo is gorgeous! I’m glad you got some reflection photos in before the snow photos come… I’m sure you get more than a fair share of snow in your area, so those pics will certainly get their turn. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Dana, I am glad you enjoyed the moon’s visit to the earth. **grin** Oh yes, indeed, we’re getting ready to be buried in the White Stuff and enjoying every last moment of still reflections.

  18. Robin says:

    Lovely reflections. I can see why they insisted on being on the blog.

    Thank you so much for the beautiful card. 🙂

  19. Colleen says:

    Such beautiful reflections Kathy. The stillness is tangible. I felt as if I was there, holding my breath, waiting.

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