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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?

Back to My Detroit Area Winter Sunset Spot.

A few years back in the winter months I stopped at Kensington Metropark in the Detroit area to experience a Pure Michigan winter sunset. Since then it has become my go to spot around the Motor City to capture a winter sun going down below the horizon.

As usual I drove into the park at the Kent Lake Road entrance and then down to the docks at the East Boat Launch. I was immediately reunited with Kent Lake in the Milford, Michigan park. Being bitterly cold, with snow and ice on the ground once again made for a beautiful winter sunset experience. I will let the photos do the rest of the talking.

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Winter Sunset - Kensington Park, Milford, Michigan

Where else in the Detroit area and in Michigan would you recommend going to capture a winter sunset?

The Autumn Leaves Up Close in Michigan.

It’s Autumn in Pure Michigan. Corn mazes are forming, apple cider is pouring, college football is in full swing and the transition from summer to winter has begun in earnest. Autumn in Michigan also brings the changing and falling of the leaves. While out-and-about in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas, I’ve had the chance to see the leaves of Autumn up close.

Why not start out with the best of the best. I came across this tree randomly while driving around the small-town of Rochester. The bright orange and other colors caused to me to get out of the car and just walk back-and-forth, park underneath and enjoy what this time of year brings.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

You never know what colors and Autumn beauty you’ll come up to when your out on the open sidewalk, trail and dirt road. 🙂

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Two skylines, two cities, two countries, the open water and Autumn straight ahead on Belle Isle in the Detroit River. Not bad! Hello Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Detroit, Michigan, United States!

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Detroit, Windsor skyline

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Detroit, Windsor skyline

On another part of Belle Isle I came across the unique trio of Autumn, beach and skyline.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Detroit skyline

Some Autumn joy was to found in Michigan’s second biggest-city, Grand Rapids, too along the Grand River opposite the skyline.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Grand Rapids skyline

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Grand Rapids skyline

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn, Grand Rapids skyline

The colorful leaves and the open water formed a relaxing duo.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Unfortunately the leaves can’t stay on the trees forever. After a short time and/or a gust of wind they make their way to the ground. Their beauty doesn’t disappear right away though. I felt like a kid, ready to just jump in any pile I came across. On grass that is.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

More beauty of the season. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Michigan, fall leaves, Autumn

Winter and cold weather may be coming, the warm air of summer may be in the rear view mirror, but to see the Autumn leaves up close in Michigan, that’s a great price to pay.

Where have you come across Autumn beauty in your travels? Do you have the chance to experience the changing of the seasons where you live?

Bonus Photo of the Week: Detroit Skyline from a Harbor.

Got this Detroit skyline shot while walking the trails in the harbor at William G. Milliken State Park. This is the first urban state park in Michigan. Just off to the left is the Detroit river which flows into this harbor. Became inspired to visit here after seeing this shot.

Detroit - William G. Milliken State Park harbor

Port Huron: An International Crossing.

When everyone thinks of major border crossings between the United States and Canada they think Detroit and Windsor and also Niagara Falls. They probably don’t think of the second busiest border crossing between the two countries, the Blue Water Bridge. The Blue Water Bridge links Port Huron, Michigan with Port Edward and Sarnia, Ontario.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge

The bridge crosses over the St. Clair River near the southern end of Lake Huron. I’ve had the chance to hang out around the bridge and river on the US side in the summer and winter, when it’s warm and when it’s not and it’s always a relaxing time.

There is a lengthy walkway that runs along the river, along with parks, to capture the bridge and scenery from different vantage points.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge. St. Clair River.

The bridge sits about an hour northeast of Detroit and the busiest border crossing, the Ambassador Bridge.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge. St. Clair River.

Looking south down the walkway and river towards downtown Port Huron. I love how blue the river is.

Port Huron, Michigan walkway along St. Clair River.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge. St. Clair River.

Blue Water Bridge is a twin-span bridge with the original span opening in 1938. The more recent span opened in 1997. It is one of the fastest routes between Michigan and the Midwest and Toronto and points east.

Port Huron, Michigan - Blue Water Bridge.

Across the way, is the Sarnia skyline.

Sarnia, Ontario, Canada skyline along St. Clair River.

The Port Edward and Canada side just to the north of the bridge. You can almost shake hands with the people visiting the bridge and river over there.

Port Edward and Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

Looking to the north is Lake Huron, one of the Great Lakes. No land as far as the eye can see.

Lake Huron, Great Lakes, Michigan

Just north of the bridge and off camera to the left is the International Flag Plaza I’d recommend checking out if in the area. It honors those who respond to emergency calls in the United States and Canada.

Lake Huron, Great Lakes, Michigan

The bridge and river are scenic in the winter months too.

Blue Water Bridge, St. Clair River in winter.

Blue Water Bridge, St. Clair River in winter.

Love watching the chunks of ice float by well into the Spring.

St. Clair River in winter.

If you ever cross the Blue Water Bridge make sure to take the time to hang out and soak in the bridge and the scenery along the river front. I look forward to more great times and also checking out the Canadian side.

Blue Water Bridge, USA and Canada International crossing.

What are some of your favorite bridges to capture? What is the most scenic International border you’ve crossed?