“I’m out painting and people ask what I’m doing. I tell them I’m painting. They look at the canvas and they look at me and they look at the canvas. “Really?” they ask. I don’t know what else they think I’m doing. “Yes, really.” – Lynn Rix, plein air painter in every season
I think us Midwesterners generally develop an appreciation for the ephemeral. Otherwise we develop winter depression or move. Here are a few friends of mine racing motorcycles on studded tires on the frozen McKinley Marina in downtown Milwaukee. On the other side of the breakwater people are ice fishing. We’ve all got our seasonal loves. Unless we have a February heatwave, I expect the ice should be solid for Slippery Sunday during the weekend of Mama Tried Motorcycle Show (if that’s where they decide the ice racing will take place).
Well I hope you’re not yet sick of my Lake Michigan pictures, because it’s only January and we have a few more months of gorgeous winter icecano shoreline. This is one of about three dozen pictures I took from this vantage point. I knew instantly that this was my favorite by how the waves look like they’re taking a bite out of the icy shoreline while winking at you. The Great Lakes are pretty incredible, I’m fortunate to gaze upon them often.
The Lake Michigan shore this morning. It’s been cold in Milwaukee, and icecanos are developing above the beach. Should continue to be a lovely season with lots of opportunities for Great Lakes nature photography.
The view from above Lake Michigan was quite stunning today.
I happened upon this muskrat, which promptly dove under a thin layer of ice covering the pond. These are native to Milwaukee, and even though I’ve worked at a nature center for three years, I’d never seen one. But I saw four of them today! I suppose they’re especially active, preparing for winter.