Thursday, March 5, 2009

Take a country drive with us...

When we are up at our log cabin, we sometimes like to go exploring and take country drives. I'm always looking for beautiful scenes and wildlife to photograph. If you go a little further outside our town of lakes and trees, you can find some nice surprises.

Let's head down Wilkinson Road. We'll pass a ski resort along the way.

Here's a nice little creek (or river?) that we stopped to admire along the way. You can hear the stream running over the rocks and the water is very clear.

If we head over to the other side of the road, the creek continues. Still plenty of snow here in Gaylord!

As we go further down the road, we are starting to see farm pastures.

Well looky here! Here are some moo moos!

This guy actually looks pretty mellow. If you want to see a more intimidating cow I photographed at this farm, click here.

Well it looks like it's time for lunch! Let's head back to the log cabin and I'll make you some Macaroni & Cheese. Sound good?


Anne said...

You have some pretty good views yourself! I really enjoy your photography.

Sandi Keene said...

Love taking a ride with you while in my pjs. I didn't even get cold!

Great photos!

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Great pictures, it is always nice to see other parts of the country. I will stop by later for the mac and cheese.

Cedar ... said...

Mmmm.... mac and cheese,.. toasted bread crumbs on top? I'm on my way!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love the Michigan countryside. Your pictures are wonderful!

Mac and cheese sounds great! What time is lunch?

Bobbi Jo said...

The scenery is breathtaking. Love the pictures especially the cows. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Deb said...

What a beautiful country drive! I love Michigan and have wonderful memories of our time spent there.

Ginger said...

Hi Shelley:
You have some beautiful scenery there. I am especially drawn to the picture with the barn in the background.
Thanks for the drive and for lunch.

Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos; that creek is very vivid!

George said...

You certainly showed us some beautiful scenery. No wonder you like northern Michigan so much!

April said...

That scenery is amazing, Shelley! You sure I can't move in??? :)

Denise said...

Your pictures are beautiful! We love to drive in the country and take pics!

Have a great day, Denise

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Shelley, thanks for leaving the kind note on my blog. And let's get something straight: I'm living vicariously through YOU right now! LOL I love your's awesome! It's the kind of place I'd like for our main home, but unfortunately hubby isn't as enamored with log cabins as I am. Bummer.

grammy said...

that was a pretty trip you took us on. Pretty soon the snow will be gone....might as well enjoy it while you can.

Kath said...

Hi Shelley,
Thanks for letting me tag along on your drive! I enjoyed all the scenery.
You photos are gorgeous....
Love the pic of the cattle, hubby would love it too. He was raised on a farm! 300 acre big huge dairy farm!

Enjoy your day.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Your photography continually amazes me!! What beautiful, snow covered photos! Do you ski? The farm land and the mountains are two of my favorite places. Thanks for the pictures.

Leedra said...

I enjoyed the trip, especially around the creek/river.

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Jen said...

You picked some pretty scenes to photograph.
Glad I'm not a cow---brrrr.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hey Shelley----I love driving on country roads. The creek and snow pictures are fabulous. I love seeing water and hearing it ---when there's snow all around it.. GREAT pictures.

74WIXYgrad said...

I like the photos of this drive
It gives enjoyment full
I hope someone will not strive
To try to milk a bull

Shellmo said...

Anne - thank you!

Sandi - Glad you stayed warm! We'll have some spring & summer drives too and roll the windows down! :)

Denise - I just love those long winding roads- you never know what you'll find!

Cedar - definitely bread crumbs on the top!!

Penny - Are you tempted to move back? wink, wink!

Bobbi Jo - thank you - we feel so luck to be able to look at these views!

Deb - Can you believe that tourism is Michigan's #2 industry? I just love it here - just wish the job market was better for people.

Ginger - I love barns! I photographed quite a few this past weekend and will be posting them on my northern mich blog.

Cam - thanks and like your new profile pic!

George - I do love it! But I am ready to explore more areas - Alaska, Tenn, NC, Montana just to name a few.

April - come on over! Bring me some pies! :)

Denise - glad to find a fellow country road driver!

Pam - maybe you just got to get him inside of one of these cabins! LOL! It may be love at 1st sight!

Grammy - I am ready for the snow to go and anxious to show all of you what it looks like here in spring and summer!

Kath- a 300 acre dairy farm?? Wow! I do love those cows - something about their faces...

Judy - I do ski! We have a couple ski resorts not too far from us!

Leedra - hoped you like the mac & cheese too! I think on my last snowshoe trip you were upset cuz I didn't get you your snack! :)

Jen - I think all of the cows looked mildly perturbed to me. They were dirty & cold!

Betsy - aren't these kind of drives the best? It's so relaxing and refreshing!

Wixy - Loved that poem!! Next time I have the right photo - I'm going to have to wait to post it until I have one of your jingles to go along with it! :)

mo_inoh said...

those look like some cold cows. lol great picture

Heather said...

You know what? As ready as I am for spring, I'm jealous of all your snow up there! And I love those cows photos. As we were driving home this evening we passed a pasture where a few cows happened to be down by the road. There was no traffic, so I stopped, rolled down the window and said hi to them. It was so funny to watch them all look up at me in unison with dumbfounded looks on their precious faces.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the ride. Thank you. Those were some big cows. The snow is so pretty. I love snow when it is white and untouched or trampled on like it is in the woods.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the ride. Thank you. Those were some big cows. The snow is so pretty. I love snow when it is white and untouched or trampled on like it is in the woods.

This Country Girl said...


What beautiful scenery around you to photograph! I love it!


Marcia said...

Beautiful photos! Your a great photographer. I think when you call cows Moos it's a form of bovilexia though, you might want to get that checked, LOL.

Connie said...

Thanks for taking me along for the ride. It was beautiful. Always love to see what you see around's breath taking. Connie

Caroline said...

Love to be a stowaway in your car!!

Constance said...

The air conditioner is running and I am looking at pictures of your snow! Could it get any more bizarre than that? Happy Friday!

MyKidsMom said...

I love the pictures. I can't believe the snow you have I am so jealouse. You can read about the differences between rivers and creeks on my Let's Read Classics blog. Look for the river lable.

Prim2Pink said... did you get the picture of the creek(2nd pic) without standing in the middle of the water??? BRRRRR
Beautiful pictures!
Seen any robins yet? I saw one this morning in our front yard. Yippee Spring must be on the way.

A New England Life said...

I really enjoyed this post! It's always so nice to take a drive with someone in their local area. Wish more would do just that on their blogs : )

Let's eat!

IRENE said...

Amazing! I feel like I've been there! Thank you for the ride.

Catherine Holman said...

Great photos! Mac 'n Cheese sounds great!

Cassie said...

Love the pictures.I really do want to visit MI now.What wonderful snow & the scenery! Except for that bull.Have always been afraid of the bovine persuasion, so they can go hide somewhere. The cow pic on your other blog is ominous too...really scarey. Don't know how I got so far behind in my readding,trying to play catchup.