This sweet little leaf looks to me like it's being hugged by the snow around it. I found this while on an impromptu trip to the Cliffs last weekend -- always the best kind!
I actually had set out for Hunter's Point, a spit of land way up in Copper Harbor. The day looked pretty grey and uninteresting, but also warm and not too breezy. Just as I was passing the Cliffs, I noticed that the clouds had parted, the sun was out, the sky was blue, the birds were singing (ok, maybe not...) -- so I decided to stop and enjoy the cliffs instead.
As I have mentioned before, Cliff Drive (the main access to the Cliffs) is closed this winter, so I had to snowshoe in from quite a ways away. It's about a mile on snowshoes to the North American Gap trail, and another mile or so up to the first lookout. By the time I got there -- the clouds had come back, the wind was blowing, and everything was grey again. Alas.
But, that didn't stop me from enjoying not one, not two, but three lookouts! (No photos from the third one -- sorry.) I also made it five or more miles on my snowshoes and had a lovely chat with a variety of other snowshoers along the way. More posts from that trip in the future.