Sunrise Gold

Photographers refer to the magical, mystical time right after sunrise and right before sunset as The Golden Hour. Depending on many variables the rich, low, sun-enhanced colors may last just a few minutes or may extend well beyond an hour. Pat and I were hunting for a gravel road (so we could go slower as we looked for photo ops) when I saw awesome…

The Orchard

I stopped by a local orchard on my home from last week’s less-than-sunny outing. Sure enough the sun peeked out. The orchard had just opened up for the day. I walked around, took a few shots, and ended my visit with a hot cider and an apple fritter right out of the fryer. Yummo.

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes are abundant in our part of Michigan. For a couple of years I have been trying to get  a quality shot of a Sandhill. They are very skittish and typically move away when they see you . . . even at distances of a hundred yards or more. These images were taken in a cul-de-sac where someone had left food out for them….

Meijer Gardens

In addition to the Japanese Garden (which was about a two-hour visit}, we visited a small portion of the rest of Meijer Gardens. These pictures are from outside of the Japanese Garden.

Japanese Garden: Leaves

The Fall colors were just starting in the Japanese Garden and the rest of the Meijer Gardens. Here are some leaf images that caught my eye.

Japanese Garden: Lotus Plant

In Japanese gardens the lotus plant is often included in the water element(s). It is a symbol of purity of body, speech, and mind. The spent flower leaves a pod that is occasionally used in dried flower arrangements. The walkway from the previous post offered an unusual vantage point for these images of pads, flowers, and pods.

Japanese Garden: Reflections

The Japanese Garden at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan includes a large pond (or small lake) and many waterfalls. The pond/lake provides an opportunity for many reflection shots; something I like to do. Here are a few reflections.

Japanese Gardens: Structure

The Japanese Garden is the newest addition to the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The eight acre garden was two years in the planning and four years in the construction. It is a tranquil and contemplative place well worth a visit. To learn more about the garden see

Silver Dollars

I’m talking Lunaria, not money. The plant is also called Money Plant or Chinese Coins. Our local fruit stand had some dried Silver Dollar seed pods cheap, so I bought some and used them to help decorate our living room. A few days later they caught my fancy. Here are three different images of the same plant.

Water, Land, and Sky

It was a very quiet morning. Pat and I visited a biking and hiking trail that was converted from an old railroad bed. The trail splits Lime Lake. This morning the water had a lot of ripples except for a small bay near where we sat and reflected on the morning, the world, and the reflections in the water. These images were all taken…