Christmas & New Year’s Ball

A beautiful hand-crafted gift was given to us a couple of years ago.  It is made from plastic cups and LED Christmas lights. We hung it outdoors this year. Here is a daytime and a nighttime shot. No, we didn’t do a ball drop at midnight New Year’s Eve.


Cacti. Yes, they are sharp. But, like most of creation, they have an inherent beauty. I hope you can see the beauty in these stingers from  Frederick Meijer Gardens.  

Mums the Word

Mums the word. Pumpkins too, at Meijer Gardens Fall display. I have some Mum shots, some pumpkin photos, and a few special effects shots. Hope you enjoy this Fall splash of colors.

Surfs Up

My youngest son and I set out to catch some waves (with our cameras, not our surfboards) in two Lake Michigan harbors with lighthouses. We went first to South Haven, Mi and then to Holland, Mi. We had heard there were 8-10 foot waves and we were not disappointed. The howling wind made keeping stable a major effort (I almost got blown over!) and…

A Day at the Zoo (or at least a couple of hours)

While I enjoy taking wildlife pictures, the complexities of zoo photography (wires, glass, crowds, cages, etc.) make taking good photos a special challenge. I enjoy the challenge and hope you enjoy a day – or my shots from a couple hours – at the zoo.


In the last few months I have taken pictures of fishermen in three different countries. I thought the contrast was interesting, so I thought I would share these pictures with you.

Iximche Mayan Ruins

After our visit in Colombia, we went to Guatemala to visit my brother Paul, and his spouse Bev, who live in Antigua, Guatemala. We did some sightseeing by visiting an interesting museum in Guatemala City and later a trip to Lake Atitlan – a volcanic crater lake covering over 50 square miles. On the way to Lake Atitlan we visited the ruins of the…


While in Colombia, I did pay attention to the flowers as well as the birds. Here is some of what I saw.

Birds II

More shots from the Colombian National Bird Sanctuary; in the order seen.  

For the Birds

The Colombian National Bird Sanctuary ( – click on EN to view the site in English) is the largest bird sanctuary in the Americas. Colombia is home to more bird species than any other country in the world. The 2-hour walk through the aviary is filled with awesome sights and sounds. I will be doing two large posts -mostly without captions . . . because I…