Take a Guess! How Much Snow Will Fall in Pure Michigan This Winter?

Photo by Instagram user @obrainys

Photo by Instagram user @obrainys

It’s no secret that winter 2014 in Pure Michigan was one to remember! From frozen lighthouses to frozen waterfalls and ice caves to blue ice, Michigan was transformed into a glistening winter wonderland.  As we bid farewell to the brilliant fall hues and temperatures begin to drop, there’s snow in the forecast once again.

This year, we decided to have a little fun with our upcoming snowfall and ask our fans to take a guess on how much snow will fall in Michigan cities this season. Here’s how it works…

Tell us in the comments how much snow you think will fall in each of the cities listed below by December 1, 2014. We’ve provided last year’s numbers to help you make your guesses. You can make one prediction for each city (five predictions in total). On the first day of spring, we’ll check back to see who made the most meteorologist-worthy predictions.

Photo by Michigan Nut Photography

Photo by Michigan Nut Photography

For each city, the fan who submits the correct (or closest) guess will receive a prize from the Pure Michigan Online Store! 

Last year’s totals

Detroit – 91.7 inches
Grand Rapids – 114.2 inches
Lansing – 68.4 inches
Marquette – 170.2 inches
Sault Ste. Marie – 128.7 inches

As we wait for winter to officially get underway, be sure to request your copy of the Pure Michigan 2014 Winter Travel Guide to see all that the season has to offer. For more on winter in Michigan, visit michigan.org/winter.

How much snow do you think will fall in Michigan this year? Good luck with your guesses!

What Happens When Six Photographers Meet Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

There’s no question that fall in Pure Michigan is a dream come true for a shutterbug. Today, guest blogger and landscape photographer Aubrieta V. Hope shares the story of six photographers who set off for the Upper Peninsula in search of scenic fall vistas.

Once upon a time, six shooters ventured north to the Tripod Forest, a fabled land of brilliant fall color in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  All were packing:  most brought Nikon’s, but two carried Canons.  They loaded up minivans, SUV’s and 4×4′s, bringing filters and flashlights, bug spray, raingear, ice scrapers, and backpacks.   About half of them planned to find a campsite someplace and the others made hotel reservations.  Some had never met, but were destined to.  A few of them hoped to cross paths up there somewhere.

It was late September and their only plan was to find and follow the color.  Frost was in the forecast.  The time was now.  The 2014 Michigan Fall Foliage Convention had begun!

Their program?  It all depended on the trees, sun, wind, and cloud cover.  Some headed for the western U.P. first, others tracked to central inland areas.  In this rugged and beautiful land, photo opportunities crop up everywhere.  Cell coverage, however, can be scarce, especially in the most remote areas.  So, happenstance and coincidence tend to be the best, if not the only, methods of connection.  That certainly proved to be true for the shooters in our tale:  Neil Weaver, Craig Sterken, John McCormick, Phil Stagg, Ken Keifer, and Aubrieta Hope.

Over the next couple of weeks, with surprising frequency and with almost no planning, these six shooters ran into each other on rocky outcrops, at the end of nearly impassable two-tracks, in parking lots, and other likely and unlikely places.  They shared location tips, stories of shots taken and shots missed, and bucket lists of dreams on the front burner. There was no conference schedule.  Everyone had their own agenda. But there was plenty of camaraderie and inspiration. And, there were rescues, for example when Aubrieta fractured her ankle on a trail and was glad to be shooting with others at the time.

Outdoor photography is an unpredictable pursuit.  It’s nice to have friends in the vicinity!  So, maybe this was more of a round-up than a convention, all these creative mavericks meeting on the beaches and overlooks, sharing tripod space and good light, and bagging some great shots.

Here’s a glimpse of some of their adventures:

Craig Sterken at Paradise Point, Christmas, Michigan. Photo by Neil Weaver Photography.

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Sunset, Miners Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by Phil Stagg (Michigan Waterfalls)

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Aubrieta Hope at Cloud Peak, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Photo by Michigan Nut Photography.

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Mouth of the Hurricane River at Sunset by Michigan Nut Photography

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Misty Morning at Manido Falls – Porcupine Wilderness State Park by Craig Sterken Photography

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Carp River at Dusk by Neil Weaver Photography

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Photographers at Miners Beach, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by Phil Stagg (Michigan Waterfalls)

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Stormy Afternoon at Paradise Point, Christmas, Michigan by Aubrieta V. Hope/Michigan Scenery

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Storming the Castle, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by Kenneth Keifer

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Where is your favorite place in Michigan to snap a few photos? 

MI14-0606-0758 Aubrieta V HopeAubrieta V. Hope is a landscape photographer with a special interest in Northwest and Upper Michigan; check out her website. She also highly recommends the following websites for beautiful Michigan/Great Lakes photography:  Neil Weaver Photography, Michigan Nut Photography (featuring John McCormick’s Photography), Craig Sterken Photography, MI Falls (featuring Phil Stagg’s photography) and Kenneth Keifer Photography.    

 

Twelve Photos You’ll Find Inside the 2015 Pure Michigan Calendar

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s just about time to get shopping! The 2015 Pure Michigan Calendar makes a great gift for the Michigan-lover on your list. Whether you’re near or far from the Mitten State, this 12-month calendar showcases the best of Michigan’s remarkable year round scenery and is now available to order in the Pure Michigan Store.

Here’s a look at each month’s photo – including locations. Be sure to order yours today!

January: Jordan River – Photo courtesy of John McCormick

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February: Empire Bluff near Sleeping Bear DunesPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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March: DetroitPhoto courtesy of Mike Boening

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April: Lake SuperiorPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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May: Bay HarborPhoto courtesy of Brian Walters

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June: Grand HavenPhoto courtesy of Tom Roche

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July: Vaughn Lake – Photo courtesy of Neil Weaver

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August: Sugarloaf Mountain, MarquettePhoto courtesy of Laura Maynard

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September: Au Sable River – Photo courtesy of Tom Roche

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October: Lake SuperiorPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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November: Lake PlumbagoPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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December: Turnip Rock, Port AustinPhoto courtesy of John McCormick

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If you’re pressed for time this season or just not one to embrace the hustle and bustle of busy shopping areas, the Pure Michigan Store has a number of other Michigan-inspired gifts to help make holiday shopping a breeze.

Which month’s photo is your favorite? Share with us in the comments section below.