Category: Great Lakes

January Poems and Photos

Laker in the Mist – January 2012
Photo by Karl

clear blue skies
rest my eyes
icicles melting
and willows already
look gold in the sun

still I cherish
this winter time
and will long for it
some summer days
when the gardens
are overrun

January 2013

conversations
at the family restaurant
hearts on windows

From January 2015: On this day, Karl and I went to Sheboygan’s Family Restaurant and Bethesda Thrift Store. We enjoyed meals there in 2019 too. And we are seeing some hints of Valentine’s Day in some stores! So many nice memories would be lost without the blog.

so cold
yet from
this ground
daffodils
and tulips
will grow
again

January 2015

Lake Michigan – January 2016

Flowers were from Mentink’s Market Piggly Wiggly in Oostburg, Wisconsin – January 2017.

Ellen Grace Olinger

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.