Category: Great Lakes

Winter Solstice 2019 and Lake Levels

Posts in my reader reminded me that today is the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. I searched on Google and learned the solstice happens here at 10:19 PM (Central time).

The winter beauty can be stark here, with long winters and also the longer days of light at the same time. Truly wonderful to see, and always grateful for those who keep roads and power lines clear. All the good service.

Lake Michigan is at its highest level I can remember. Karl and neighbors are researching shore protection. I learned from Karl that 1986 was the last time the water was this high.

Lake Michigan

Winter – December 2015

Spring – May 2016

A summer photo by Karl – July 2018

Autumn photo by Karl – November 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lake Michigan Poems

cold
Lake Michigan winds
a tiny bird
seeks shelter
by the kitchen window

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

barge with lights
travels our great lake . . .
thoughts and prayers
for those with thoughts
of home

“Northern sun” is from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Lake Michigan

These are some of Karl’s photos of Lake Michigan so far this year. Interesting to look back, as we look forward. One day at a time.

January 23, 2019

February 1, 2019

The cold Winter, and then pelicans in Spring!

May 30, 2019

The first set of photos are from Oostburg, Wisconsin.

Amsterdam Park
Town of Holland – Sheboygan County
Wisconsin
July 7, 2019

Kohler-Andrae State Park
Sheboygan County
Wisconsin State Park System
August 23, 2019

Karl’s photos of Lake Michigan over the years are an interesting record of this Great Lake in the Midwest.

Acrostic Poem for AUTUMN

dore with no need for a moment to
nderstand this beauty
rust and
nderline with words, painting, photo . . . this
oment
ow and always

Found Art
Leaves on a brown tarp – Karl’s trailer
October 2017

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Photo by Karl – October 2011

Lake Michigan – October 2017

Ellen Grace Olinger