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Capturing a Michigan Winter Storms Beauty in the Moment

Having to be in Brighton, Michigan right in the middle of a winter storm (Mateo) randomly gave me the idea to capture the snowy scene the only way I know how.

I walked and laid down on Main Street and nearby Huron Meadows Metro Park and Hammel Road. There was ample white to capture without a sole around. I wanted to get out on the open roads before it was disturbed with salt, plows and lots of vehicle traffic.

This post was put together right in the moment as I captured some Pure Michigan winter beauty. Well without further ado.

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Tip: I recommend capturing Hammel Road, a dirt road just outside Brighton, no matter the season. Fall and winter though take this spot to an even greater level.

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Out on the open dirt road, Brighton, Michigan, snow covered roads

Downtown Brighton, Michigan, Main Street, Winter Storm Mateo

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Again to the Michigan beauty that winter and snow can bring. Cheers!

Huron Meadows Metropark, Brighton, Michigan

Has there been a scene you randomly decided to capture right as a winter or other type of storm was happening?

The 2017 Coffee Moment(s) for Me

Happy Holidays everyone! We have almost reached the end of another calendar year. 2017, as with every year before it, brought a lot of coffee consumption and time in coffee shops. Siphons, Ethiopian V60 pour overs, flavored lattes, coffee cocktails and a lot more coffee was consumed from all around Ann Arbor and Michigan, Northwest Ohio, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

The year in coffee is highlighted in the short Flipagram video below. I love the song I used last year, “Coffee Shop” by Gorilla Zoe, so it is making another appearance. The cover photo honor this year says it all. “Coffee” is spelled out front-and-center on the building upon approach. I get goosebumps every time I see that magical word like I did here at Milan Coffee Works in Milan, Michigan.

As I mentioned a lot of time was spent in Ann Arbor drinking coffee. This year to go along with The Adventures of elATLboy Instagram, many of the photos come from Coffee Ann Arbor. I started this venture on January 1st. The goal is to highlight everything that college town Ann Arbor and the surrounding area has to offer to terms of coffee.

Too many more coffees in 2018! I look forward to seeing you all in Ann Arbor and out on the caffeinated open road. Cheers! Aaron

Check out the great coffee moments from last year in The 2016 Coffee Moment(s) for Me.

The 2017 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Another Autumn has come and gone here in Pure Michigan and the Midwestern US. Most of Fall was unusually warm. Between that and being out of town during the heart of the season, I wasn’t able to experience the fall colors as much as in years past.

I did have a chance to sneak out and venture around Ann Arbor, Brighton and the western suburbs of Detroit a little bit. It doesn’t matter where you are in the state, it seems the beautiful colors will be right in front of you. Well without further ado:

n 2017 - Huron Meadows Metropark in Brighton

Huron Meadows Metro Park in Brighton. An annual stop.

n 2017 - Out on the open Livingston County dirt road

You never know the scenes that await while driving random dirt roads. From Livingston County.

n 2017 - Out on the open Ann Arbor area dirt road

Off to the dirt roads it is around Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Out on the open Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. My recommended Fall drive in these parts.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Out on the open Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. My recommended Fall drive in these parts.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Out on the open Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor. I’m repeating myself. I just this drive!

n 2017 - Out on the open Livingston County dirt road

You never know the scenes that await while driving random dirt roads. From Livingston County.

n 2017 - Early morning frost

The leaves and I are taking in the early morning frost.

n 2017 - Early morning frost

The leaves and I are taking in the early morning frost.

n 2017 - Early morning frost

The colors were really popping out in Brighton, Michigan.

n 2017 - Huron River, Ann Arbor

The Huron River is on the move to capture Fall in Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Huron River, Ann Arbor

Argo Park Autumn views along the Huron River in Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Huron River, Ann Arbor

Argo Park Autumn views along the Huron River in Ann Arbor.

n 2017 - Ann Arbor residential fall scene

Residentaial drives are a must this time of the year in collegetown Ann Arbor.

n 2017

Random dirt road driving is a must during the Fall season.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

Reflecting on the season at the Brighton State Rrecreation Area.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

Reflecting on the season at the Brighton State Rrecreation Area.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

The colors and I are taking in the dawn sky at Bishop Lake.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Brighton State Recreation Area

The colors and I are taking in the dawn sky at the Brighton State Recreation Area.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Huron River in Ann Arbor

Looking down the Huron River at Ann Arbor’s Bandemer Park.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Huron River in Ann Arbor

Looking down the Huron River at Ann Arbor’s Bandemer Park.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Ann Arbor, Michigan Stadium

Michigan Stadium straight ahead. It only take one Fall tree or two to make a beautiful scene.

n 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

It’s a great time for the kids to hit the playground like here in western Wayne county.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

Out on the open Hines Drive in Northville.

n 2017 - Huron River Drive in Ann Arbor

Back to Huron River Drive I go. The route takes you from Ann Arbor to Dexter.

n 2017 - Barton Nature Area, Huron River, Ann Arbor

Starring out down the Huron River at the Barton Nature Area in Ann Arbor.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

Reflecting on the colors of Newburgh Lake in Livonia.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

The Autumn leaves of Hines Drive in Metro Detroit.

Pure Michigan Autumn 2017 - Hines Drive in Metro Detroit

The Autumn leaves of Hines Drive in Metro Detroit.

Check some scenes I captured last year in The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Where have you gone around home or in your travels to capture this years Fall colors?

Pure Michigan Sunflowers as Far as the Eye Can See

We are on the backside of the summer season here in Michigan and the Midwest. That meant when I was out on the open road this week, I came across a field of Pure Michigan sunflowers as far as the eye can see.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

I got as close to the never-ending field in Whitmore Lake, just outside Ann Arbor, as I could without going in. The early morning light just beamed off the sunflowers that were as tall as me. All of the bright blue sky served as the perfect backdrop. Dawn is my recommended time to experience sunflowers.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

With sunflowers usually come some bees, but I was lucky enough only to see a few. Can you spot the one below? 🙂

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

You will find this field on the northwest corner of North Territorial and Whitmore Lake roads. I parked alongside Whitmore Lake road watching the morning dew soak my jeans and shoes. It was well worth it to see the summertime beauty that is sunflowers. I will let the rest of the pictures do the talking.

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

Pure Michigan sunflowers, Ann Arbor summer time

From my experience sunflowers don’t seem to stay in full bloom for very long. I was so happy that I drove through this intersection this week. 🙂

Where else would you recommend checking out sunflowers in Michigan? Where have you come across them in your travels?

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Another Autumn has rolled around here in Michigan and the Midwest. With that brings the usual plethora of Fall colors and beauty everywhere you look.

Below are just some of the scenes I’ve captured around Ann Arbor, Brighton, Fenton and the western Detroit area over the last few weeks. Pure Michigan Autumn beauty at its finest!

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Picnic table hanging out amongst the Autumn backdrop of Hines Drive in Plymouth.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Hines Drive in Plymouth Autumn beauty.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Fall colors await along Hines Drive in Northville.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Fall colors await along Hines Drive in Northville.

Hines Drive - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The morning frost is enjoying the Fall backdrop.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open rural Autumn road in Pure Michigan.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Colorful leaves dotting the ground are aplenty.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall leaves are hanging along the Shiawassee River in Fenton.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Checking out andom dirt roads in Livingston County.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open Fall road around Pinckney.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Autumn Ann Arbor neighborhood style.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Huron Meadows Metropark is the place to be around Brighton this time of year.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

You’ll find a vast number of Autumn colors every year at Parker Mill Park in Ann Arbor.

Hell, Michigan - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Autumn is in the foreground at Hell Dam in Hell, Michigan.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open country dirt road outside Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Out on the open country dirt road outside Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall scene anywhere along the Huron RIver in Ann Arbor is worth checking out.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The Fall scene anywhere along the Huron RIver in Ann Arbor is worth checking out.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Looking up Bird Road at Fall beauty in Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

Ann Arbor - The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

The shadows of Autumn are on full display at the Argo Nature Area in Ann Arbor.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Make sure to look not just straight ahead, but upwards to capture the beauty of the season.

The 2016 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan

Colorful leaves dotting the ground are aplenty.

Check some scenes I captured last year in The 2015 Edition of Autumn in Pure Michigan.

Where have you gone around home or in your travels to capture Fall colors this season?