When we lived downstate, it was quite depressing to hear a weather forecast of "2 inches of snow expected" - the shoveling, the driving, the mess.
But now, living in Mackinac,my response is more likely to be, "only 2 inches, we want more!"
And we really do want more, as there's only a very few inches on the ground and it's all light airy snow - not the wet, heavy snow that packs down to a good base for cross country skiing, sledding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling.
But, it's very pretty and if you slow down and really look at the surroundings, you might be surprised by what you see:
This is a patch of sumac, just down the path from our house; they're a nice patch of color in the winter and the arching berry heads are lovely.
But with the addition of a snowy headdress, they resemble a flock of exotic long necked birds.
This is the remnants of a cow parsnip, they're a favorite of mine, they can be more than 6 feet tall and have a very architectural aspect.
The little stems, which once held flowers and then seeds, seem almost designed to capture and hold the snow.
A trail through the cedars.
And "ye old blockhouse", heading down Fort Hill.
And finally, the subject of most conversations these days: ICE!
Rumors are rampant that the final boat of the season could be any day and there is certainly skim ice moving through the Straits:
As well as a bit of ice in the harbor: