Northern Michigan Snow

Over the holidays I was able to spend a day in one of my most favorite places in the world – our family cabin in the middle of the woods in Grayling, MI.  Grayling is a quiet little town a little over an hour south of the Mackinaw Bridge right off I-75.  Now that I live in Atlanta, it is very seldom that I get to see snow and I do miss it.  My trip up north offered up about 9 inches of beautiful white stuff with gorgeous blue skies.  This provided me the chance to play outside just about all day!

Started off the morning with a snowmobile ride.  Those of you that like to ride would love the miles and miles of groomed trails as well as off the beaten path trails.

Snowmobiles parked on trail

In the afternoon, I strapped on my camera bag and went for a hike through the woods with an eventual destination being the Au Sable River.  The Au Sable is a hot spot for trout fisherman and canoe/kayaking.  I would have loved to fit in a winter kayak trip but ran out of time.  Below is the gorgeous forest I hiked through.

Scenic winter trees with glistening snow crystals in the sun and blue sky.

As a child I used to wander through these woods all the time.  One of my favorite spots to hike is down to the swampy area where a natural spring feeds into the beginning of a  little creek.  The smell and feel down there is so unique, love the cedars and their smell.  I couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque welcoming when I arrived.  The water was like glass and an amazing reflection showed of the snowy trees and blue sky above.  It is so amazing in the winter with the contrast of pure white snow and bright green moss.

Reflection at the beginning of a spring fed creek.

My final destination was to the best swimming hole on the river – the Whirlpool.  There are times when it is so cold that only a very small channel of water is seen, the rest is frozen and snow covered.  I’ll have to post one of those photos some day.  But on this day, it was a very serene, peaceful place.

Au Sable River with sun glimmering above the snow covered trees.



  • Great Pictures! I Love all of them.

    January 12, 2013
  • Leslie Segall

    Very nice photos, Jennifer! I haven’t had an opportunity to visit Michigan, but I also live in a scenic area: the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The larger area is called Delmarva (Southern Delaware, Eastern MD (the part that’s East of the Chesapeake Bay), and Southeast Virginia).

    I haven’t posted my photos on the web yet. I want to have the same kind of copyright notice that you have: transparent and centered on the photo. Can you tell me how to do that? I’d really appreciate it.

    I look forward to seeing more of your work. Do you have a website? After getting the copyright, a web site will be my next project.

    Leslie Segall

    January 19, 2013
    • Jennifer Ludlum

      Hello Leslie! Thank you for your comment. I hope to visit the east coast this fall as the photo opportunities seem endless! I use Adobe Lightroom 3 for my photo organization and some post processing. When you export a photo from Lightroom you have the option of adding a copyright anywhere on the photo you choose. It is a great program and a lot of photographers use it. You can get a free trial month on the Adobe website

      January 21, 2013

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