Sunset Photographs Over Frozen Lake Michigan Inspire Poetry

Updated on February 16, 2018
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Kathi writes about fossils and other earthly subjects, plus the natural history of Michigan, poetry and more.

Suspended Undone

Every winter, with few exceptions, the shores of Lake Michigan become locked in ice, and some winters the ice sheet reaches beyond the horizon. The year 2011 was a particularly cold winter with record breaking snowfall. It created a beautiful natural spectacle over the Great Lake and touched our souls with wonder!

Freshwater reservoir

unable to flow

Locked in the tundra

of frozen snow

Covert waves

mount ice shuffled piles

Seen in the distance

for virtually miles

Lake Michigan Frozen Ice Shelf
Lake Michigan Frozen Ice Shelf
Lake Michigan Frozen Shoreline
Lake Michigan Frozen Shoreline
Lake Michigan Frozen Shoreline (Pier Cove)
Lake Michigan Frozen Shoreline (Pier Cove)

Dewdropless air

conceive deep blue skies

Juxtapose rippled clouds

floating by and by

Horizon widespread

linear and free

Connects vast bodies

wedging infinity

Lake Michigan Mounting Ice Shelf
Lake Michigan Mounting Ice Shelf
Lake Michigan Sunset Over Frozen Ice
Lake Michigan Sunset Over Frozen Ice

Sun ball sinks silent

upon suspended scenes

Energizes the blankness

with contrasting themes

Fire and ice kiss

from which new atoms come

Colors ignite setting

no longer numb

Lake Michigan Sunset over Ice Shelf
Lake Michigan Sunset over Ice Shelf
Lake Michigan Sunset over Ice Shelf
Lake Michigan Sunset over Ice Shelf

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        Mark Tulin 4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Love nature poems, thanks.

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        Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Hi molometer and brakel2, so nice of you both to leave warm and approving comments. Glad you felt a relaxed calmness too! Kathi :O)

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        Audrey Selig 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

        What beautiful photographs as recommended by molometer. They create a feeling of calmness. I feel more relaxed already. Great job.

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        molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

        Amazing Photographs and poems all in a lovely format. Nicely worked.

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        Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Can't wait to be a grandmum! Both my kitties are 13, both males and they have an ambiguous relationship, sometimes friends and once in a while they go at each other. Then one of em wears a big scratch on his nose for months before the hair grows completely back. My Khaki kitty walks down the street with me all the time. He thinks he's a dog. Only I live on a dead end and he gets lazy and stops half way and waits for me to come back. He's not a feline stallion, lol, but if he gets too far behind, he'll come running when I call him.

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        epigramman 5 years ago

        it's amazing how fast they grow up , Kathi, pretty soon you will be the youngest looking grandmum around - lol - how old are Khaki and Patchy now - Tiffy, my mum's cat, is now 18 years old and very healthy and content - she is also the diva - and Gabriel , I would say is about 6 years old now - maybe 7, and he is an all white cat and deaf and loves going for walks with me along the beach and I take the leash off him and he runs along the shoreline like a little white feline stallion -lol

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        Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        It looks that way to me too and to think the two preceding years we had record snow fall! Do say hello to Miss Tiffy and Mr. G. Tell them Khaki and Patchy say hello, too.

        I hope you know your mum and dad are with you all the time! My two boys, Sam 26 and Cory 24 are both doin great. They both have jobs, one's in college and both have steady girlfriends, what more could one ask for these days!

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        epigramman 5 years ago

        Yes Miss K - still on the night shift detail - still loving my two best friends Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel - and yes the water level is way down and the tide is way back exposing two football field lengths of sand long and wide - how have you been keeping - how is your family - it's really great to see you again dear friend - please keep in touch - I have no family as you know but I have the loving memory of my dear mum and dad - and I know you also have the loving memory of your husband as well - yes I am getting the feeling we are going to have a repeat of last winter- what do you think?

        lake erie time 6:45pm

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        Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        You're so sweet, My neighbor is worried because we didn't have much precip last winter or summer. Last winter was the first I can remember the lake didn't freeze over! Is your water level way down too? Are you work'n night shift these days?

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        epigramman 5 years ago

        One of my favorite hub presentations by you Kathi - and here I am to revisit a classic and of course your world class photography and beautiful writing too. I will post link and share this beauty on the Hubpages FB group to try and get you more exposure and attention.

        I just hope it doesen't look like this over the winter here - as beautiful as it looks if the lake doesen't freeze over like last winter then it's fine by me - lol - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 3:09pm canada saturday afternoon after night shift sleep

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        Douglas Dunigan 6 years ago

        Lovely photos

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        I know right where that is,spent part of my childhood in the Kalamazoo area near West Lake, Hogset,Long Lake and Gordneck sp? I remember that moon! Good to see you Denise

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        Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

        Beautiful, Kathi-I was recently (March) at Gull Lake near Kalamazoo on retreat. The beauty of the frozen lake coming alive again was breathtaking. It was the time of that HUGE harvest moon-the great big orange pumpkin, and I missed it! But, others said it was gorgeous over the lake.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        That's very sweet of you to show such approval...It makes me feel good...hope you have a great day...I should say evening cause it's almost midnight here and I don't know what I'm still doing up at this hour...lol...Take care my friend

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        toknowinfo 7 years ago

        Breathtaking pictures. You are quite an artist in photography and in poetry. I love your hubs. Rated up awesome and beautiful.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        You're welcomes James,thank you for a great compliment...I hope the frozen lake brought back fond memories from your youth...

        Katie...I so love what you said about the beauty and peace and all...My feelings exactly and I'm pleased it was reflected in the photograps

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        katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

        WOW you are a great photographer, and your poetry is beautiful, a nice compliment to the photography. I'm so grateful to have your work as a source of beauty, peace and meditation taking in all the glory of nature and its splendor.

        :) Katie

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        James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

        I love your poetry. And the photographs are exquisite. You are a remarkable author. Thank you for this treasure.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Thank you SeetiePie, I like your profile name

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        SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

        Beautiful pictures of sunsets. I love to photograph things in nature, so I was drawn to your hub.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Thank you bright lady!!! Smiles

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        Helen Lewis 7 years ago from Florida

        This is amazing photography and an excellent poem -thank you!

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Thank you Youmeget, I always want to say Yougetme, It's a brain tease!lol...hope your day is filled with warmth

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        youmeget 7 years ago

        Beautiful photos. I love each of them so so much

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Thank you Duchess, I can't wait myself, I just downloaded a trial photoshop program and can't wait to experiment with it. I want to add some clouds to a few photos and erase some unwanted distractions.

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        Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

        Well done. Can't wait to see what you do with a DSLR camera!

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        TajSing, you are very inspiring to me to have left such a nice compliment!

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        TajSingh 7 years ago from United Kingdom

        These photos are very inspiring and breathtaking. Their so lively that it makes me feel as if I'm in it watching the scenery. And reading your poem as I scroll down these works of art completes the experience.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Good to see you horseback, Wow, thank you for the kind compliment!

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        ahorseback 7 years ago

        This is amazing photography and the writing too!!!

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Hi Doppy, Thank you for a very nice compliment! I get it from you! Tee hee

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        Doppy 7 years ago

        Kathi, your use of the camera and the thoughts contained

        in your words are to be prized and appreciated. They add

        beauty and depth to our lives.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Hi Pras, I hope everything is well with you! Always good to see you, thanks for stopping by! Hugs

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        prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

        I love sunset very much and I really enjoy your poem. Good combination and totally beautiful. Well done, my friend. I can't wait to give my vote. God bless you.

        Prasetio

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Yes, he has arrived, tee hee, he's the strong silent type, but you know him better than me! I'm sure he is very sweet, like you!

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        epigramman 7 years ago

        .....so Doug has arrived .... well you see Kathi, miracles do happen - and your photography, and of course, our friendship is one of life's miracles!!!!!

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Good to hear from you on hubpages Doug, how are you?

        Yoweeee, what do ya know!! How are you today my favorite hubpoet!!

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        epigramman 7 years ago

        .....yoweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee .... it's my buddy Doug ..... from one master to another (so that's him and that's you Kathi) ...... two of my most favorite photographers ........

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        Douglas Dunigan 7 years ago

        Nice work

        Well done

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        faithdream, I'm so pleased you liked it, thanks for the link, Wow!

        Hi EpiColin,You are truly blessed to live this!! Thank you for your very nice compliments! I do it all for you!1

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        epigramman 7 years ago

        ....well I always come back to a world class art gallery - and of course a world class lady too - and even though I live this life and see it everyday - lol lol - your photography always offers such artistic vision!!!!

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        FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

        These photos are so inspiring. I love how you captured the essence with such beautiful poetry. I'm going to bookmark this one so I can link it in one my future articles. These are awesome.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        You are as sweet as that kitten your're holding! A genuine gem!

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        epigramman 7 years ago

        ..well me is back and on this side of Lake Erie it still looks like your side - lol lol lol - and in my closing statement - there is photography and then there is art in photography - you fit the latter image - perfectly!

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Thank you sweet lady! I hope it gave you sense of peace and tranquility!

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        Beverly 7 years ago from Philadelphia

        Love this and the pictures :)

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        fibo, preciate very much you stopping by and glad you like the pictures!

        Ruby, Thank you kindly, girlfriend! You are very welcome!

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        Ruby Jean Richert 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

        Kathi, These pictures are jusy beautiful, but your poetry blew me away. You are so gifted my friend. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself that i was unaware of.

        Love and Peace

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        fibo777 7 years ago from UK

        I always enjoy reading your hubs and looking at your pictures. They are really inspiring. I like looking at those where you can see wide horizons. Thank you.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Hi AA, my camera is nothing fancy, I'm saving for a Canon DSLR and then that would def be a nice idea! Smiles!

        b. Thank you kindly, yes,my fingers got numb after awhile cause the wind had a roar!

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        b. Malin 7 years ago

        Loved your Poem...and those pictures, they were Awesome... I could feel the cold and the Beauty of your camera photographing these moments. You Fossillady are ONE Talented Lady...

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        Augustine A Zavala 7 years ago from Texas

        Beautiful poem and images. What kind of camera do you use? You should use this images and create a portfolio or lithographs for sale. Let me know if you do! Thanks again for sharing.

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        Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

        Colin,Manny,Randi,Pamela,Kathryn,Vicki,Acer

        Wow! Thank you so much for the kudos! I really appreciate the comments. Colin, you are so lucky to have Lake Erie at your back door to inspire you each day. No wonder you can come up with so many wonderful poems!

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        Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

        You're by Far,My Favorite Naturalist,Fossillady!;)

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        Vicki Russell 7 years ago

        Kathi, don't know what's better..your photography or your poetry? Both are AWESOME!

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        kathryn1000 7 years ago from London

        Really wonderful.i'll be coming back to look at the photos and thee poems are very beautiful too,

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        Pamela Kinnaird W 7 years ago from Maui and Arizona

        Fabulous. The poetry merited two readings and the photos begged for several views. Thanks for sharing your talent with everybody.

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        Randi 7 years ago

        These photos are stunning! And they obviously inspired some fabulous prose. Perfection. Thank you for sharing.

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        mannyrolando 7 years ago

        This photos are amazing and the poetry just beautiful... I love the black and white ones the most!

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        epigramman 7 years ago

        ..well let me be (proudly) the first to tell you how beautiful these pictures are Kathi - and the words only enhance it evem more so - it's uncanny too because many of these photographs remind me of my view on a daily and nightly basis - so ironic because we are both looking at the same thing - lol lol lol - and the icing on this proverbial hubcake is these pictures come from a world class artist who knows how use her camera in such a creative way ......

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