Posted on June 22, 2017
Pat and I were south of Homer, Michigan in Amish country. We found the kind of gravel roads we seek and it turned out to be a day of wildflowers (and a few other things). I could not get a poem out of my head as we enjoyed a very beautiful morning. The poet is Gerard Manley Hopkins. Maybe the images will speak to you in your own reflection on the beauty of the world around us.
Posted on June 12, 2017
My friend Pat posted a delightful account of the last ramble we took at https://imissmetoo.me/2017/06/11/precious-time/ . You can compare her subject matter with mine to see how we often see things differently . . . part of what makes for the joy we have in our outings.
Pat is an extraordinary friend. Our outings are usually the highlight of my weeks.
I offer one photo from that outing that I did not post because I was having trouble making it look like I felt upon seeing the new-growth trees.
Posted on June 2, 2017
With Pat back from her hiatus, we took to the open road on Tuesday. We look for roads less traveled in part because we can drive slower and see more. Here is some of what we saw.
Posted on May 26, 2017
With three grandkids and two more grandkids from our “Swiss daughter”, we took a trip to John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zoos can be a photographic challenge due to the fact that you often have to shoot through glass, bars, or mesh. That said, here are some photos from the fun had by all.
Posted on May 23, 2017
Actually, the first 10 photos are from recent trips to two conservatories: Hidden Gardens near Tecumseh, MI and Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.
Conservatories have a mixture of the opportunity to take pictures of plant life not common to your area (saving by not traveling to the tropics) and some challenges. The muted lighting in conservatories sometimes may require a flash to get the effect you want. You may also need to work hard to get a suitable background for your image.
The pictures that follow (except for the last one) were taken using an 18-55 zoom lens.
Posted on May 19, 2017
Michiganders will likely recognize the distinctive lighthouse at the Holland Harbor entrance. The building was constructed in 1907 and is an historic landmark.
I am usually careful to check my camera settings before heading out to shoot, but this time I didn’t. My camera was set to use a special effect setting. I liked the images and share some of them with you. I quickly changed the settings to more familiar ground and took some additional shots. Captions (when used) will give you some needed context for the images.
Posted on May 13, 2017
In my homage to NCIS, here are some Mallard photos from the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.