Winter Wonders

Winter in Michigan this year has been very cold and snowy. Opportunities for much outdoor photography have been quite limited. At home, I do keep my camera handy and shoot pics from my deck as in the rather slow shutter speed Winter Storm image below. The snow and ice can also bring unusual photo opportunities as in the seed under the snow image. Our kitchen faces south. This provided the opportunity for the back lit crystal and icicle image. The dots are water drops from other icicles. The last two pictures are staged (which I hardly ever do), but inspired by a water glass that caught my eye. I like the reflection and refraction of light as well as the window frame shadows.

Winter Storm

Winter Storm

Under the Snow

Under the Snow

Crystal and Icicle

Crystal and Icicle

Glass and Shadows

Glass and Shadows

Glass and Shadows 2

Glass and Shadows 2

Eclectic Tuesday

In combing through my files, I found four pictures I wanted to share. They are rather random, so there is no theme to these photos. The first two were taken in a children’s museum in Lansing. The next was taken in Douglas, Michigan. The last was shot from my deck here in Spring Arbor.

Mouth

Mouth


Not sure this mouth makes a dentist visit any less scary.

Fiddlehead

Fiddlehead


From a bass fiddle children are allowed to pluck away on.

Morning Shadows

Morning Shadows

Deer

Deer


“You can’t see me hiding behind this tree.”

As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Saugatuck Night Lights

Night pictures are often very difficult. Getting enough light and a fast enough shutter speed can be tough without a tripod. Last Saturday night we were in Saugatuck, Michigan. It is a beach-side community with grand old homes, great shops, and a beautiful downtown area. We were there for dinner, but I did have time to take a few pictures. Hope you can see the beauty I saw in these images.

Deer

Deer

Image shot at 1/200th of a second. Slow enough to catch all the lights lit.

Image shot at 1/200th of a second. Slow enough to catch all the lights lit.

Shot at 1/1000th. Note the "unlit" spots that were there but not caught lit.

Shot at 1/1000th. Note the “unlit” spots that were there but not caught lit.

Lingering Christmas

Lingering Christmas

Shoreside lights across the river make for a good light painting. Shot at 1.6 seconds.

Shoreside lights across the river make for a good light painting. Shot at 1.6 seconds.

Bubbles

Saturday we visited Impressions 5, a children’s museum in Lansing, Michigan with two of our grandchildren and their parents. One of many fun, hands-on places was a room with all kinds of bubble-making opportunities. A few exhibits were enclosed in glass because of the material used, but others were wide open. These are different than New Year’s Eve bubbles, but just about as much fun.

Floating Soap Bubbles

Floating Soap Bubbles

Behind the Soap Bubble Wall

Behind the Soap Bubble Wall

Blowing a Bubble in the Soap Wall

Blowing a Bubble in the Soap Wall

A Rising Glass-Encased Silicon Bubble

A Rising Glass-Encased Silicon Bubble

Two Colliding Silicon Bubbles

Two Colliding Silicon Bubbles

Airhose Soap Bubbles

Airhose Soap Bubbles

Have a Bubbly Day!

Buried Leaf

The 17-inch snowfall followed by sub-zero cold made for some interesting photographic opportunities. These four shots were taken on a warmer day but still show the effects in a leaf buried below the snow. See if you can figure out how I took these pics. The answer follows the last photo.

Buried

Buried

Close-up

Close-up

Emerging

Emerging

Almost Free

Almost Free

I took these shots from my kitchen, looking up at one of the skylights.

Flora I Have Known

These three leftovers from 2013 all focus on flora. The first is a black-and-white that I like from a path along a nature center. The second is my favorite picture (so far) of one of our roses. The last is from a birch backed by pines in a nearby golf course. Each, in different ways, introduced themselves to me and my lens.

Fern and Handrail

Fern and Handrail


Rose

Rose


Birch

Birch

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