The Seasons of West Michigan

Last week, I was invited by Mohamad, to be a guest blogger for his “Around the World” Category.  What an exciting way to celebrate West Michigan! Thank you, Mohamad!

When I contemplate our Great Lakes state, I consistently come back to one word…weather!  Living in West Michigan is like living in four completely different locations on Earth, depending on the season! I have used seasonal views of our horse barn, to display the power of Mother Earth!

SPRING

Spring in West Michigan is beautiful…well, most of the time.  Temperatures can range from 40º to 70º, all in one 24 hour time period!  For example,  Mother Nature has given us the gift of 4+ inches of rain, over the past few days, with bone chilling temperatures.  The positive twist is that by midweek, it will be 65º and sunny! In Michigan, you can never trust the weather!

During this time of year, West Michigan is in full bloom!  Fruit trees are blossoming and farmers are crossing their fingers, hoping to avoid a hard frost.

Apple Blossoms

Streams, rivers and lakes are flowing strong, due to the heavy rains.  After an endless winter of hibernating, folks begin to emerge and enjoy a bit of sunshine. Kayaks paddle the small, inland lakes and flowing rivers, while fishermen line the water’s edge, hoping for a prize catch.

The dam flowing in the Spring

A trip to the local nursery to purchase spring flowers for planting is also a popular pastime.  It is during this season that I feel most alive!  There is something magical about having my hands covered in Mother Earth. Spring is a new beginning for all!

SUMMER

Summer in West Michigan is lovely!  Temperatures range from 70º-90º.  It can be HOT and HUMID in July and August.  This time of year kicks off the outdoor adventure season in our area. Many spend their weekends boating, fishing, camping and enjoying the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan.

The Shores of Lakes Michigan

Lake Michigan is the second largest of the Great Lakes, by volume.  We enjoy heading out to P.J. Hoffmaster State Park for day hikes through the sand dunes and watching the sunsets from the beach.

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Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan

The kids love to swim, but after a long cold winter, the average temperature of Lake Michigan is a balmy 60 degrees.  Yikes!  That is a bit too chilly for my liking!

FALL

As Summer’s journey ends, Fall begins to make her way to West Michigan and she is incredible! Fall is my most favorite time of year!  The average temperature is around 65º, with a nice reprieve from the humidity.  Leaves begin to change and a rainbow of warm hues fill the trees.

West Michigan has hundreds of inland lakes.

During the beginning of this joyous season, crisp apples are freshly picked off the trees and consumed by the bushels!  Hot apple cider and spiced donuts are also sold at local apple orchards.    There is nothing as wonderful as warm, fresh spiced donuts!  As the season progresses, farmers harvest their crops and begin to create elaborate corn mazes, loved by all.  Fields are loaded with orange pumpkins and golden sunflowers, ready to be picked for the season.

Sunflowers

Fall is crisp and delightful.  I cherish every moment, for I know what’s approaching, all too well…(cue Darth Vader’s Theme Song here!)

WINTER

I dread Winter. Granted, the holidays in November and December are a wonderful distraction from Winter’s torment. Temperatures can range from 30° to -30°. During the depths of this blustery season, venturing outside truly makes your face hurt. The wind is wicked and the snow is mighty. There are some “Michiganders” that live for this frigid season. I attempt to respect their ideals, but will never understand their passion for this lifeless and unforgiving season.

Over the years, I have tried to embrace the snow. One experience at attempting to downhill ski was all it took for me to realize that winter is diffidently not for me.

I like my feet firmly planted on the ground!

For those of you that ski, I commend you! This risk taking adventure was one of the scariest moments of my life. Strapping long wooden planks on my feet and going down hill at an ungodly speed, without having control, was not my idea of a good time! And, I was on the bunny hill!!  Four-year-olds were skiing circles around me. With much frustration, I held my head high, sat down, and removed my skis.  Then, I calmly proceeded to walk down to the bottom of the hill, directly to the heated car!

I watched from the ground!

I was meant to hibernate. Mr. Bear move over, I’m coming in.   Although Winter in West Michigan brings much joy to skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and ice fisherman, I try to stay positive, enjoy the view from inside and count the days until Spring…

I do enjoy a hike on a calm Winter’s day!

There you have it! My little seasonal journey of West Michigan and all of her beauty…  Thank you again, Mohamad, for inviting me to share a little slice of my World with others. As Always…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

http://Growingself.blog


47 thoughts on “The Seasons of West Michigan

  1. Grace Sian

    A beautiful place, I am horrified of winter….I can’t stand the cold in the tropical climate of my country😀😀😀 the falls looks beautiful

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  2. Nel

    Beautiful pictures, especially the house views with each season! I’m a step over from you but not with pretty beaches in Ohio! It’s so nice to have 4 seasons even though I’m like you and count the days from winter to spring, haha

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    1. Roda

      The horse barn is very fun to photograph throughout the changing seasons! Thank goodness winter is over!!

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      1. Nel

        I wish I could say the same! The weather here can’t make up its mind! 80 yesterday, 45 today! 🙁

  3. foodallergydad

    You are right, MI is a beautiful state! As much as I love my home state of Indiana, Michigan definitely has us beat in some ways. I love your pictures – the fall leaves in front of the barn are gorgeous!

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  4. ren

    You captured Michigan perfectly! What a wonderful post!
    LOVE your horse barn prop! Enjoyed all your images!

    I lived my first 60 years as a Michigander. The late 70’s found me living in your ‘area’. I moved along the coastline, from Holland to Beulah to Saugatuck.
    I uprooted 6 months ago and landed in southern California.

    And you are right, I never knew how to dress when leaving the house. “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes, it will change”

    Like you, I did not care for winter sports.
    Walking the quiet wooded trails of MI, on a sunny winter day, was very enjoyable.

    But more than the COLD of winter, for me, it was the LACK of sun in the winter.
    People need sun.

    Thanx for your sharing,
    ren

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  5. Mohamad Al Karbi

    Roda, what a wonderful place in all of its seasons. Living in a place that have all seasons is real gift. Just let me in the snow and leave me there! 😀
    Thank you for the wonderful post and pictures. You confirmed the saying of my Michigan’s friends about its beauty

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  6. Jessica Bakkers

    Wow, such a stunning place no matter which season! I’m torn between Autumn and Winter. I love the colours of the leaves you get (my little town has a lot of deciduous trees so we get that (strangely) here in Australia too), but the white winter shots, now they are definitely NOT something we get here (in my town anyway). So maybe for kitsch factor I’ll go with winter as being my favourite!

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