Grand Rapids Public Museum

Last Monday I went with my two oldest sons, their wives, and their kids (three of my five grandkids) to the Grand Rapids Public Museum (http://www.grmuseum.org/). The museum is an eclectic mix of antiques, natural history, and science. As I often try to do, I looked for the unusual in the midst of the usual.

The first image is of a large clock that hangs from the top of the three-story main hall.
Clock

In the same entrance hall I focused on a headlight from an old car.
headlight

This antique table was part of a furniture making exhibit; one of Grand Rapid’s early industries.
Table

The last two photos are more abstract. I tried to capture the lines and angles that are so much a part of this museum that sits right on the Grand River. (It even has a working carousel that is cantilevered over the river!) While both images include a blue bridge, a very large wheel from a restored generator from a table factory frames the last image. The titles sum up the images fairly well.

Window, River, and Bridge

Window, River, and Bridge

Wheel, Stairs, Bridge, and Building

Wheel, Stairs, Bridge, and Building

Your thoughts and comments are always welcome.

Spring Equinox Cacti

Hopefully the calendar is right and the bitter cold of this winter is gone and Spring is peeking out from the yet lingering snow. Spring was announced this year by two contrary minded Christmas cacti. The first two shots are from our Christmas Cactus and the remaining two shots are from one that we are cactus-sitting for a snowbird wintering in Arizona. To be fair, we call our cactus a Holiday Cactus because we never know what holiday it will chose to announce; sometimes twice a year. Hope you enjoy the Spring Equinox Cacti.

cactus 2a

cactus 2

cactus 1

cactus 1a

Sofa, Porch & Deck

The temperatures have been bitterly cold and the lighting dismal, but I have kept shooting. The delay in posting has been due to some out-of-country guests staying in my studio (downstairs bedroom). The first two shots are from Sochi. Actually they are taken from my sofa while watching the Olympics. (Note: these are not for sale and are posted for educational purposes only in accordance with U.S. copyright law.) Using a high ISO (3200) and a fast shutter speed allowed for these captures and also the relative graininess of the photos. t was an experiment that was fun. The next shot is from my front porch. (Did I mention the bitter cold?) The last two shots are from my deck. The bird seeming to take a bow is really pecking at the sunflower seed held by his(?) feet. The last shot is of some turkeys ambulating away from me. The shot had a narrow field of focus and was shot through a pine tree and an oak tree. I like the shot because of their various poses and – for all you bowlers – it’s a turkey of turkeys. 🙂

Ski Jumper in Flight

Ski Jumper in Flight

Mogul Flying

Mogul Flying

Ice Chime

Ice Chime

Eating Like a Bird

Eating Like a Bird

Turkey Trot

Turkey Trot

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