Category: Lake Michigan

Wisconsin winter

Wisconsin winter
today the calm beauty
I’ve known all my life
classical music
on the radio

We’ve had strong winds, and Lake Michigan waves splashed up into our front yard, tossing some wood that was drifting in the water. We are high enough above the lake, our shoreline was reinforced years ago, and so we are safe. It’s a different scene with the water this high, and no beach.

Karl took this photo on January 11, 2020.

Ellen Grace Olinger

New Year 2020

Garden Journal
January 1, 2020

Moon and Sky – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Lake Michigan – about 4 PM
January 6, 2020

Oostburg, Wisconsin
Photos by Karl

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.

Poems and Photos: October – November 2019

This morning I learned more about the Plaza Renovation Project at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

I also note their Mead Public Library Blog and recognized the WordPress theme.

Creative note from October 14, 2019

SEASONS

once the tree grew tall
before the Emerald Ash Borer
and then a storm

hosta plants
grew green again
around the stump
in Spring

they grew large
and flowered well
so blessed by rain
and a red begonia planter

now there is an
orange pumpkin
on the ash tree stump

and hosta leaves are gold
in the brilliant morning sun

October 24, 2019

reading memoirs
and then the view
outside today

I am happy and honored that my poem from this blog was published in a new anthology. The book is available at Amazon.

All the Way Home:
Aging in Haiku

Edited by
Robert Epstein

Middle Island Press
West Union WV

Post from November 14, 2019

Afternoon Light Post
Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
November 14, 2019
Photos by Karl

daylight
some clouds the colors
of birch trees

new books
by poets, editors
and publishers –
their time to shine
and readers blessed

gratitude
for the many gifts shared
blogs and books

Today I began reading Another Trip Around the Sun: 365 Days of Haiku for Children Young and Old. edited by Jessica Malone Latham. 2019, Brooks Books; Taylorville, Illinois.

Post from November 26, 2019. Please visit Brooks Books Haiku for more information.

I would like to conclude this post with a few images from Reusable Art.

Pot of Tulips is by Kate Greenaway.

There is a category for Kate Greenaway at Reusable Art.

A Merry Christmas Sled is by Ellen Clapsaddle.

And wpclipart is another well-organized site, for education and art.

Thank you – Ellen Grace Olinger

Time and Place

These are photos from 2019 that captured a moment, and that seem unique to this time and place. Seems like a good idea for a December series.

This photo by Karl is from Lake Michigan Today, a post from January 25, 2019.

morning light flowers – February 22, 2019
grateful for flowers from stores all year
Photo by Ellen Grace Olinger

April Sunday in Wisconsin
Snowdrops are first to bloom in our yard.
The photos in the post are by Karl.
April 14, 2019

Bridal Wreath and Hawkweed
Photos by Karl
June 25, 2019

I’ll end this post with a poem from August 22, 2019:
clear air and blue sky

clear air and blue sky
work sounds in the neighborhood

shapes of light on painted walls,
books, wood walls

the art, music, poetry
of everyday life

And this is one of Karl’s photos from the Stuart J. Mentink Memorial Park in Oostburg, Wisconsin from the same August post.

Ellen Grace Olinger