Out and About

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.

Chives

Chives


Chive Shadows

Chive Shadows


Poppy in Morning Sun

Poppy in Morning Sun


Tulips and Sundial

Tulips and Sundial


Duck

Duck


Bucket and Bench

Bucket and Bench


Field and Fence

Field and Fence


Antlers and Nest

Antlers and Nest

Quilt Show

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.

Sometimes the fabric does all the talking.

Sometimes the fabric does all the talking.


Many quilts use blocks, like these stair blocks.

Many quilts use blocks, like these stair blocks.


Some quilts have an embroidered look created by bunching up the fabric during stitching,

Some quilts have an embroidered look created by bunching up the fabric during stitching,


Some quilts are machine stitched,

Some quilts are machine stitched,


Some quilts are lovingly hand-stitched.

Some quilts are lovingly hand-stitched.


Some quilts use very small (1-inch here) blocks. Here each tiny block is made of two different fabrics.

Some quilts use very small (1-inch here) blocks. Here each tiny block is made of two different fabrics.


And there are many whimsical quilts.
Kwazy Wabbit

Kwazy Wabbit

Sauder Village

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.

Weaver's Loom

Weaver’s Loom


Hanging Basket at the Basket Weaver House

Hanging Basket at the Basket Weaver House


Hanging Pot (soup or dishwater?)

Hanging Pot (soup or dishwater?)


Doctor is In

Doctor is In


Curtain

Curtain


Screen Reflection

Screen Reflection


Less Screen Reflection

Less Screen Reflection


At the Barber Shop

At the Barber Shop


Serenity

Serenity

Hidden Lake Gardens

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.

Hard Winter

Hard Winter


Trillium

Trillium


Bee at Work

Bee at Work


Cactus in Bloom

Cactus in Bloom


Tulip and Bark

Tulip and Bark

Simple

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.

Robin's Eggs

Robin’s Eggs


Dripping Faucet

Dripping Faucet


Bee and Blossom

Bee and Blossom


A Boy and His Toads

A Boy and His Toads

More than Flowers

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.

Bobber and Bridge

Bobber and Bridge


At our Windmill Island destination there is the only working Dutch windmill in America
Windmill and Blossoms

Windmill and Blossoms


as well as craftsmen and a cafeteria-style eating place with authentic Dutch cuisine.
Wooden Shoe Miniature

Wooden Shoe Miniature


There are marshlands near the windmill where I was able to take this picture of a nesting Canadian Goose.
On the Nest

On the Nest


On the way home we stopped at a beautiful old barn where I took these pictures. I enjoy the intricate beauty of wood and, as I get older, the richness of wood that has aged well. May we all be so fortunate.
Barnwood

Barnwood


Corner Knot

Corner Knot


Formerly Wired

Formerly Wired

Holland

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.

Classic Red

Classic Red


Bud w/ Blossom in Background

Bud w/ Blossom in Background


Wallpaper for my Computer

Wallpaper for my Computer


Pink

Pink


Twins

Twins


Not Twins

Not Twins


Daffodil

Daffodil


Orange among Red

Orange among Red


Shining Orange

Shining Orange


More Shining

More Shining


Purple in Hiding

Purple in Hiding


As always I love to learn and grow from your comments. Which one is your favorite?

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