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A picturesque show-and-tell: What do you like about West Michigan winters?


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The obliging cast of characters from the video (watch to the end for the Easter egg) can be found at various businesses on the 1100 block of Wealthy SE. They were posed with this question: What do you like about West Michigan winters? In order of appearance:



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<a href="">Picturesque</a>, brought to you by West Michigan winters.

Picturesque, brought to you by West Michigan winters. /Denise Cheng

What I ♥ about W. MI winters: At 8 o'clock, I'm up early enough to see the sunrise from my five bedroom windows.

What I ♥ about W. MI winters: At 8 o'clock, I'm up early enough to see the sunrise from my five bedroom windows. /Denise Cheng

From The Rapidian staff: Snow banks. Rust. Black ice and endless gray. The grumbling has commenced, so let's mix it up. Fellow Rapidians, what do you love about West Michigan winters?

This Thursday, Dec. 16, is the start of The Rapidian's first community photo experiment. Together, we'll create a community photo album showing all the wonderful things made possible by winter.

From this week through January, all registered users on The Rapidian can add a photo to our Picturesque: West Michigan winters collection. Contribute original photos or photos that you have permission to distribute.

On the same day, our friends at The Grand Rapids Press will be unveiling their online winter photo campaign. They'll be soliciting for captions to match the winter images they select from the Grand Rapid Public Library's and their own archives. Ace captions will be printed in the Monday and Thursday editions of the paper, and participants could win a copy of Our Grand Journey: Discovering the river we thought we knew.

Here are some things I love: Breath that crystallizes in fresh air, holding warm mugs, preparing Chinese tea eggs and oxtail stew (both winter dishes for me), disintegrating into the wind while standing on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Start digging through those shoeboxes of photos, ask your parents where they keep the family photos you hoped would never surface. Find those winter photo faves fraying at the edges or capture moments from this year. We're looking forward to it (har-har)!

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