Posted on May 31, 2014
I try to get out on the days when the sun is cooperative and my pain is manageable to roam and take pictures. These are some recent shots that don’t fit any of the recent themes or were taken after those posts. Enjoy.
Posted on May 28, 2014
Two Sunday afternoons ago, I went with my spouse to Jackson’s Quilt Show. I am not an expert on quilts by any yardstick, but know enough to share some patterns and styles that might inspire quilters or artists in other mediums. Quilt on.
Posted on May 23, 2014
Pat and I took a photo safari to Sauder Village in northwest Ohio. The complex features a village from the mid to late 19th century complete with craftsmen of all kinds. The complex also includes both a pioneer and native American village, a museum with 19th and early 20th century antiques, a quilt shop, cafe, and restaurant. Here are some of my favorite images from the day. The last image makes a very relaxing computer background. Email me and I will send you a copy (free). Enjoy and throw in your two cents worth of lavish praise or scathing critique. Either way, I enjoy hearing your thoughts.
Posted on May 15, 2014
Hidden Lake Gardens is a 755 acre property owned and operated by Michigan State University. It is located on highway 50 near Tipton, Michigan. When a visiting MSU alumnae visited, we decided to take a trip to visit the gardens on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We happened to arrive just before the annual plant sale was over, so admission was free and we were able to purchase a few plants before driving around the arboretum and visiting the conservatory.
The roads through Hidden Lake Gardens are one-way with fairly frequent parking areas for visitors to get out to view the surrounding spot or take a hike on one of the many trails. The winter was very severe in Michigan as is evident in the dead trees in the first picture.
Some wild flowers were in bloom. I was able to get a picture of rather rare Trillium. The bees were out, but concentrating on the flowers . . . not us.
My bee picture was actually taken inside the conservatory. Where I also took a few pictures of cacti in bloom.
One of my favorite shots of the day was a tulip in bloom with a bark background. Hope you enjoy the pictures and are able to visit the gardens some day. As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.
Posted on May 12, 2014
The 1848 Quaker song Simple Gifts begins with the words “‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free”. The words are a good reminder to photographers that simple (as in subject matter) and free (as in free from self-imposed constraints) can be worthy photos. These photos’ captions describe the simple subject matter, though the photos below required standing on a chair, waiting for a drip, getting close, and being ready in that order. Hope you have learned the gift of simple and free.
Posted on May 9, 2014
Even when Pat and I are shooting at a destination, whoever is driving stops when they see something or when the other says “stop!”. On the way to Holland we stopped at a beautiful railroad bridge setting. It must also be a good fishing spot as the bobber in the tree suggests.
Posted on May 7, 2014
Holland, Michigan is known throughout Michigan and many surrounding states for its Tulip Festival. The community is nestled in the middle of an area well-populated with people of Dutch heritage. Pat and I went there yesterday and had great sun for most of our visit to Windmill Island; home of the only working Dutch windmill in America, a small Dutch village and lots and lots of flowers. The pictures below are some of my favorites from the day. They are all tulips except for a daffodil that managed to sneak in when I wasn’t looking.