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

Transportation

For whatever reason, I did not share these transportation themed images with you in 2013. Here I have combined a couple of classic images combine with an image of trucks not yet built. I mixed in the railroad switch because it fits the theme.

Classic Hood

Classic Hood


Old Farm Truck

Old Farm Truck


Railroad Switch

Railroad Switch


Truck Bodies

Truck Bodies

Lights

In reviewing my photos from 2013, I realized that there were quite a few I didn’t share for a variety of reasons (not ready, forgot about, old age, etc.) so I thought I might share a few at a time. These four are all about light.

The first two were taken on the same day within a few minutes of each other. One is from an old and very ornate building and the other is from an abandoned building.

Ceiling Light

Ceiling Light

Light in Abandoned Building

Light in Abandoned Building

The following picture is of Christmas lighting on a tree. I like this image because of how branches from the tree that didn’t have Christmas lights caught some of the color and light from the lit branches. The last image references the fact that sports commentators now see the light about the MSU Spartans after their “underdog” Rose Bowl victory.

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas


Go Green!

Go Green!

Calendar Girl

I enjoy putting together a calendar for the new year with photos from the past year. I have the calendars made for our three boys (and their families), my mom, and one for our home. The project has its challenges as not every photo shot in a 2 x 3 format (the ratio of most cameras) fits the 1 x 1 ratio (12″ square) of the calendar. With a bit of work I settled on these 13 images; a cover photo and one for every month shown here in order. After all the photos for this post, there is a brief narrative that explains how and/or why each picture was selected. Does this project make me a calendar girl? 🙂

Cover

Cover

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

January was shot in our garden in June. The dark background is the shaded pine tree east of the garden. I selected a rose for Rose Bowl month.

February was shot at the Toledo Zoo in September. I put flamingos with February because I thought they had a Valentine’s Day look to them.

March is a tight close-up of a tulip in Holland, Mi.

April was shot in the botanical gardens in Naples, Florida. The lubber is about 4-inches long and caught my eye as a bit of a shock (having never see one before). The early morning light added a bit of drama to the image.

May was taken in an ancient Mayan village in Cozumel, Mexico. He was one of many roaming the rocks and ruins.

June was taken in our garden. I was coming up our walk and saw the frog gently perched on the daisy. I got my camera and took a few shots while the frog posed.

July was also taken at the Toledo Zoo. I bent over the restraining fence to put my camera lens through one of the gaps in the chain link fence and used a narrow field of focus to somewhat erase the chain link fence behind the eagle.

August was a midday shot from our garden.

September was taken at a Michigan State University bird sanctuary north of Battle Creek. The swan stopped to preen right underneath a footbridge I was crossing. The sanctuary also had trumpeter swans and a black swan.

October was captured along a dirt road 10-12 miles south of our condo.

November was shot just west of Spring arbor, Michigan (where I live) on M-60.

December was from a very early morning shoot on a cold Fall morning, The frost was just starting to melt. I picked it for December because of its colors.

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