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Sunrise over Lake Michigan

It took me over a year of living half a block from the lake to get up for a sunrise. I’m not a morning person…at all. It still seems like a sad excuse giving our close proximity to what is essentially a private stretch of beach. Like many parts of the country, we’ve experienced above normal temperatures during the end of February here in southeast WI, which made a not-too-early sunrise (~6:45 a.m.) a little more appealing. Getting up for the sunrise isn’t going to become a habit anytime soon, but it is a great way to start the day.

Sunrise over Lake Michigan February 2017 | https://www.roseclearfield.com

February Lake Michigan Beachfront in Southeast WI | https://www.roseclearfield.com

February at the Beach

February Lake Michigan Beachfront in Southeast WI | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I often talk about how one of my favorite aspects of living in close proximity to Lake Michigan is seeing how different the lake looks from day to day and even hour to hour. I love lake views all year round, which is why I created the hashtag #LakeMichigan365 (check it out on Instagram!). Many people wait months for the perfect beach day with warm temperatures, sunny skies, and pristine sand. But some of my favorite beach days are days with less than perfect weather. This set of photos is from a couple weekends ago on a slightly warmer than average February day with cloudy skies, no wind, and calm waters.

Chicago September 2015 | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Revisiting Chicago

Chicago September 2015 | https://www.roseclearfield.com

I’m from Chicago and am a city girl at heart. Despite the abundance of beach photos I share here and elsewhere online (i.e. Instagram), nothing makes me happier than wandering around a city. As I continue to backup and clear out old sets of RAW photos (read more about my 2017 goals over here), I’ve been revisiting tons of favorite memories from the past couple of years.

I visit Chicago at least once every 2-3 months because I still have family there, including my parents, brother, and brother’s wife. However, it’s rare that I have an extended period of time to take pictures, especially downtown. Usually, I’m sharing a quick snap, like this one from a day trip right before Christmas. Getting to wonder for hours with my camera for a few hours is an occasional treat. The photos I’m sharing today are from a day trip back in September 2015 (the one where I got to meet Edi and Paige!).

Foggy Winter Beach Vibes

I talk frequently about how one of my favorite things about living near Lake Michigan is seeing how different the lake looks from day to day and even hour to hour. I enjoy the lake views all year round, which is why I created the hashtag #LakeMichigan365 (check it out on Instagram!) Many people live for perfect weather beach days with warm temperatures, clear skies, and great sand. But some of my favorite beach days are days with less than perfect weather. I took this set of winter beach pictures on a particularly foggy, slightly warmer than normal January day.

Foggy Winter Beach Vibes | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Deer in the Yard, the Winter Edition

We kicked off the new year with a small herd of deer wandering through the backyard. Somehow I haven’t shared any deer pictures on the blog before?! There are quite a few deer in the neighborhood. It’s not uncommon to see them out and about, particularly at dusk. In 2016, I fortunate enough to snap pictures of deer right in the yard a few times. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen the couple shots of the doe and fawn we saw over the spring and summer (here and here). I didn’t share any fall deer snaps here, though.

There were three deer wandering through this time. They stopped for a few minutes to graze. I’m not sure what they were eating, to be honest. There’s not much growing this time of year! But they found something to nibble, and then they moved along to the neighbor’s yard. I’m a city girl and have never lived anywhere this remote before, so it’s still quite the novelty to see so much wildlife in the yard. (We even had a fox visitor this fall!)

Deer in the Yard in Winter | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Deer in the Yard in Winter | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Deer in the Yard in Winter | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Deer in the Yard in Winter | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Deer in the Yard in Winter | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Deer in the Yard in Winter | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Deer in the Yard in Winter | https://www.roseclearfield.com

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More photo shares!

Liles in the Neighborhood July 2016 | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Lilies Everywhere

Rainbow Over Lake Michigan | https://www.roseclearfield.com

A Rainbow Over Lake Michigan

Snowfall on the Lake Michigan Beachfront in Southeast, WI | https://www.roseclearfield.com

Snowfall on the Lake Michigan Beachfront

 

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