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Last of the Season Hoar Frost

A couple weeks ago, an early morning call came in from a colleague instructing me to get in my car immediately and drive to Collins Park on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Go now!” she insisted. Since calls like this aren’t commonplace for me, I decided to do as I was directed and was rewarded with the scenes below.

This is hoar frost. I love hoar frost. You see it a few times during a typical West Michigan winter; more during the years the arctic air settles in the region. Conditions have to be just right for it to form – extreme cold being one – and the closer we move toward spring, the less likely we are to see bitter temperatures in West Michigan. It had been a cold and foggy night, but nothing typical of the conditions where you would expect hoar frost. And yet, there it was. Coating everything in sight and sparkling in the sun. I’m so glad I followed my colleague’s instructions and took a few minutes out of my morning to enjoy what was my first – and likely last – hoar frost of the season.

Best of 2015

‘Tis the season for “best of” lists, posts and look backs, so here’s one more! Below are my favorites from my 2015 archives. It’s been a year of big changes in our family, and the amount of posts that did (and didn’t!) make it up on the blog tells me how much things have shifted. The images below were chosen for their quality, but as tends to happen, they also represent several highlights of 2015: A spring trip out West, birding at Tawas Point, fall apple picking and our many trips to Meijer Gardens.

Opening of the Japanese Garden at Meijer Gardens

After trying to peek past the fencing surrounding the construction of the Japanese Garden on numerous trips to Meijer Gardens, the new space opened to members last Thursday before the public unveiling on Saturday. Besides lots of beautiful trees and plants, there are numerous paths, waterfalls and sculptures surrounding large ponds. It’s a big, beautiful and tranquil space I can’t wait to spend more time in. And with all that water, I’m really curious to see what Michigan waterfowl finds its way to the ponds.

A Little Upgrade to the Herb Garden

Last summer, after a little Pinterest inspiration, my herb garden underwent a makeover. I was excited to discover this spring that all but two herbs and the tomato plant survived the Michigan winter. After planting replacement rosemary, cilantro and tomato plants, I decided the plants needed prettier labels and found these stainless steel labels on Amazon. They make a nice addition, don’t you think?

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