Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

wtf weather

It snowed a few inches every day last week.

It snowed a few inches most days last week.

The local area is still about 30" below normal snow fall.

The local area is still about 30″ below normal snow fall.

Then the skies cleared. Michigan enjoys maybe two or three clear days most winter months.

Then the skies cleared. Michigan enjoys maybe two or three clear days most winter months.

First run this winter in deep snow. Up until now it's been a little snow or a little ice.

First run this winter in deep snow.

The woods were beautiful... and hilly.

The woods were beautiful… and hilly.

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Snow covered ant hills. That's my glove for perspective.

Snow covered ant hills. That’s my glove for perspective. I’d like to dare some one to lay across them during the summer.

More ant hills.

More ant hills.

The stream partially frozen.

The stream partially frozen.

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The woods were packed with cross-country skiers and their golden retrievers. I forgot, until I got on the trail, that the skiers rule the trail. The skiers claim the center of the trail as their territory. There is even a sign at the trail head with a diagram of the ski tracks in the center of the trail and the snow shoes on the outer edges of the trail. (feet not even illustrated and bikes not allowed)

The woods were packed with cross country skiers and their golden retrievers. I forgot, until I got on the trail, that the skiers rule the trail. The skiers claim the center of the trail as their territory. There is even a sign at the trail head with a diagram of the ski tracks in the center of the trail and the snow shoes on the outer edges of the trail. (feet not even illustrated and bikes not allowed)

A rare spot with room for two lanes of traffic. The rest of the trail system only has room for the skiers. I ran alongside the trail most of the time. I am still amazingly sore days later.

A rare spot with room for two lanes of traffic. The rest of the trail system only has room for the skiers. I ran alongside the trail most of the time. I am still amazingly sore days later.

This is the sunflower the one-legged grasshopper hung out on for three weeks this past summer.

This is the sunflower the one-legged grasshopper hung out on for three weeks this past summer.

July and January weather. Today it's 60ºF and thunder storms.  It's the second year Michigan's winter is full of spring and summer weather.

July and January weather. We did have a few 110ºF days. Today, in the dead of winter, it’s 60ºF and thunder storming. It’s the second year Michigan’s winter is full of spring and summer weather.

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8 responses

  1. I had to laugh at your comments about the cross country skiers. I formed the opinion that they are a bunch of elitist snobs back in the 70’s when they tried to throw me off a system of trails that I had made for snowshoeing.

    January 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

    • Anonymous

      They certainly keep a close eye on where I’m treading. So glad the mountain bike trail just reopened!

      February 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      • melissakoski

        I’m the anonymous responder. Mysterious (:

        February 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm

  2. As is the norm – BOOFUL PICTURES! Good to know you are still around, girl. Oh, I keep forgetting to compliment you on the picture at the top – it’s so U (I think) since I have never met you personally, lol. Still trying to pry you for info – where are you working? Is it a government secret or something (like, if I told you – I’d have to kill you)!

    January 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  3. Left out a thought – we are above normal with snowfall now with two dustings and a big 2.5 inch snowfall. In a few days, we are going to reach 70 degrees. Virginia has unusual wheather for its norm.

    January 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  4. I remember the grasshopper. But your ant hills? Whoa. We don’t see those here. What a difference a degree or two of latitude makes – at least, to the ants.

    January 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm

  5. nice series of story telling images.

    February 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks!

      February 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

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