Me Mum and the Hobbit.

I love the colloquial Britishism “me mum” for “my mom”. Had a chance to visit my mom in upstate New York recently. She has a beautifully landscaped and maintained corner lot. In the Spring, she has over 1500 daffodils gracing her garden areas. The Hobbit Place is our local nursery/garden shop. They presently have a couple of pine tree topiary – or Michigan cacti – on display. So here are some images from me mum and The Hobbit. ๐Ÿ™‚

purple
pine cone
yellow and green
spike
cacti

Fasteners

These photos of various fasteners come from a one-day shoot last week. For people, buttons, zippers, and Velcro are important. For buildings it is more about cement, bolts, welds, and nails. The images below look at some rather beautiful fasteners. I welcome your thoughts, critiques, and musings.

Bolt and Mortar

Bolt and Mortar


Bolt and Wood

Bolt and Wood


Gutter Fasteners

Gutter Fasteners


Nailhead

Nailhead


Nailbottom

Nailbottom


Nail Bottom Up

Nail Bottom Up


Ring, Clip, & Rope

Ring, Clip, & Rope

Windows Again

I am not sure what makes windows such a fascinating target for photos. Perhaps it is the reflections or maybe it is the questions windows seem to raise. In any event, here are some window shots from last week. What are your thoughts about windows?

Barn Window

Barn Window


Poorhouse Window

Poorhouse Window


Two Windows

Two Windows


Stop Window

Stop Window


Silo Window

Silo Window


Needs Paint Window

Needs Paint Window

Lines, Angles, and Curves

A good photographer will pay attention to the lines, angles, and curves in their image captures. These seven photos use lines in various ways (not always for the best). Look at the images and concentrate on where your eye is pulled. Is that where the eyes are intended to go? Which lines (straight or curved) are used well? Which could be better? Your thoughts are welcome as always.

Loading Dock Door

Loading Dock Door


Wounded Gutter

Wounded Gutter


Loading Platform

Loading Platform


Ferns

Ferns


Barn with Support

Barn with Support


Upper Barn

Upper Barn


Outhouse

Outhouse

Rust

The word “rust” usually brings to mind images of corrosion, decay, and demise. All true, but in all that there is a beauty of purples, oranges, and reds that seems to catch my eye. All these images are from an old storage and loading building for train transport. Captions tell a little bit of this rusty story. As always your thoughts, critiques, and responses are invited.

Bolt in Brick

Bolt in Brick


Bolt in Wood

Bolt in Wood


Bracket and Nail

Bracket and Nail


Utility Foothold

Utility Foothold


Skybeam

Skybeam


Twisted Metal

Twisted Metal


Aged Sign

Aged Sign

“It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature”

In our meanderings through counties near us, Pat and I are both drawn to the beauty of old barns, houses, and sheds. There is an inherent beauty in weathered wood and the worn wrinkles of age.

Wrinkles of Age

Wrinkles of Age


We are reminded that the forces of time and mother nature are strong enough to being down once proud structures.
Barn in Demise

Barn in Demise


And even crafted metals fall prey to the persistent march of time.
Downspout

Downspout


Faucet

Faucet


Nature wins even against the most permanent of structures.
Cobblestone

Cobblestone


In capturing these images, Pat and I both had a sense of sorrow mixed with wonder and questions about what was and what might have been,
Going and Gone

Going and Gone


Vines Win

Vines Win


In these images, there is a beauty that new freshness can never know. Yes, there is a sense of loss, but let’s live boldly and enjoy the life we have because there is nothing we can do to make time
Stop

Stop

Morning Outing

I was able to step out into a mild and sunny day yesterday morning. I went to one of my favorite locations to focus on some morning reflections. Swain Lake is the start of the Falling Waters Trail that runs some ten miles from Concord into Jackson, Michigan where it connects with a three plus miles city trail. Walkers and bicyclists use the trail as well as the occasional fisherman. This dock caught my eye because of its clear reflection in the water, as did the trees.

Dock

Dock


Trees Here and There

Trees Here and There


Even a feeding swan had a rippling reflection.
Swan

Swan


Farther down the trail, I was fortunate to get a picture of an oriole in the morning sun.
Oriole

Oriole


The horse vane and archer images came from some later-in-the-morning gravel road wandering. I think the archer is reminding all of us to aim high.
Horse Vane (and lightening rod?)

Horse Vane (and lightening rod?)


Aiming High

Aiming High

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