Funny, but the best time to think, to brainstorm, to observe is not necessarily the time one wishes it to be. Full of raw weather, perhaps blah, or boring, on the Island, Winter allows time to reflect, problem solve and to plan. Observations become more evident though as there is time to see elements or parts which at a busier time could be missed.
Those elements can be interesting.
From what I am told, the weather on the Island is in a dull, gray period. Reminds me of the scene above and below, a time when a color photo is still black and white.
A little color can stand out. What is different though in these photos from 2014? I don’t believe the snow is quite so evident as it was then.
A detail from January 8, 2013 shows the bare bits of Nature peaking through. Maybe it was a similar year to this one right now. These times help us persevere and express those thoughts that can be hard to formulate as Kari Sena writes in the observation below :
December 29, 2018
“It's really impossible to capture in a photo, but the water has that certain sheen and slow roll that it gets as the water begins to make ice. It's a different movement than summer lake ripples....this is broader and more uniform, as if a thin and pliable sheet of ice hovers just under the surface. The water still gleams, though...it has not yet gotten that rough, opaque texture you see when the skin ice has really formed. Cold water moves differently than warm: it's more buoyant, in a sense. The lake is darker, too...the angle of the sun plays its role in how we see the color, so often in winter a steely gray blue. Winter has indeed arrived.”
Observation is so evident in some beautiful images captured by Corinn Grandy Sevcik. West Harbor: The black and white colors continue to be present but so much more is also there.
A member of the Sunset Resort clan, Corinn and her family were visiting for the Christmas break and her creative eye is evident. That sheen and sheet of ice beginning to form as Kari relates is also present. West Harbor here .....
Sunset Resort as the New Year begins. Nature can be so beautiful even in this subtle time before the winds start to roar and the snows pour down.
That lovely spit of land off Sunset Resort, as the New Year starts. Pretty, at any time of year!
While Winter can be subtle and a time to reflect, it is also a time to catch up and see what Washington Island can be in that busy time, the Summer Season. Coming up in the next month or two are several programs that will help us all relate, remember, and think about next Summer!
Last Summer was a busy time as all Summers are on the Island. When this bunch of creative folks arrived to spend a week or so, they weren’t that noticeable. After all, people are always coming and going. This crew was really a crew - a TV crew - busy checking out the Island and filming. Filming a couple of episodes, actually. At the time, the shows were to be aired in the new season way off next Winter, maybe January.
Guess what? Remember that HGTV Show Island Life? Yes, I do believe their new season has started. Jake and Miranda Dahlke appear in the first Island episode. Miranda has posted an announcement on Facebook regarding their appearance in the episode airing this coming Sunday. The whole season of Island Life is composed of a variety of shows and the four filmed-on-the-Island episodes are "sprinkled” through it. At least, that is how it looks from my research on the HGTV website. The crew had indicated February when they were at the house in September. (Our home was also filmed but that is a story for another time.) Check local listings for a slice of life on Washington Island, It might be worth setting the DVR. (9pm Central?)
til next time .....