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Living in west Michigan has its up's and down's, basically like everywhere else I suppose. Winters here can be long and harsh, but can also provide some interesting photographic possibilities. I always carry my macro lens when I'm out and about, and on this particular outing I found beach ice. Puddles along the Lake Michigan beaches that freeze into interesting patterns. When I found this cluster of ice, I set up my Gitzo tripod and switched to my macro lens.
As I said winter's in west Michigan can be harsh and unpredictable, cold weather gear is a must, and ice chains for your boots are not a bad idea either. I'm approaching my third winter since moving here, and I'm beginning to find photographing in the winter more interesting than in warmer months.