Michigan, Nature

Ann Arbor


Botanical Gardens - Ann Arbor

I’ve been lucky so far this winter. There’s been some snow but not much. It’s the same with bitter cold, a few of those days but for the most part not bad at all.

Michigan, Photography

Spring in Michigan

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This is not surprising but it is disappointing. Two days ago it was near 80 degrees and now this.

Michigan winters are known for that last winter storm just when you think it’s over.

A snowfall record was broken in Detroit at 94.8 inches this year.



Possible Winter Walk

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Path It’s a pretty standard nature trail except on this section they place mulch along the path. The ground can get a little soggy in spots so perhaps that’s the purpose of the mulch. This is a trail at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor Michigan. It’s at the far end of a path leading to my favorite place where there’s a pond and a bench. The pond is a secluded spot where I’ve only seen a couple of people venture to. It’s a long walk but a spot I almost always go to where I sit and relax, think and take pictures.

I’ve taken my kids here several times too. They like feed the fish. It’s a ‘no fishing’ pond but they do have some nice sized blue gill in it and I’ve seen a decent sized bass or two. This always leads to a conversation about when we might be going fishing again. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve taken the kids fishing. I’m not sure why that’s the case as it’s something we all enjoy so much. I think this summer most of our time was spent visiting Ypsilanti (our favorite restaurants) and nature preserves like this one.

Today I am going to drive past the botanical gardens on my way to and from a job site and am thinking about walking the path but I don’t know, it’s cold out and we just got a few more inches of snow with more on the way. I’d have to dress really warm and wear winter boots for the walk too but the boots are in the garage, I could throw them in the truck before I head out this morning. I wonder if the pond is frozen over and what it looks like now? I’m certain the pond is frozen over considering the cold weather we have had this year. I’d like to find out for myself.