For the Birds

Having heard that the Toledo Zoo was ranked in the top ten in the country, Pat and I headed there to see if we agreed. While the zoo was clean and beautifully landscaped, it doesn’t make my top ten . . . especially for photographers. The zoo has very little clear viewing of the animals. That said, we were able to get some nice…

Civil War Faces

I set the Wayback Machine to the Civil War, stepped in, and pulled the start lever. To my consternation (but ultimate enjoyment) the machine took me to a Civil War reenactment camp in 2014. (I do have to get that thing fixed!). Hope you enjoy the faces of the Civil War reenactment. The participants came from all over the country and stayed in character…

Dragon Hunt

Okay, so it was a dragonfly hunt. Dragon hunt sounds more adventuresome and likely to attract your attention, so I used that title. Hope you enjoy the dragon . . . I mean dragonfly . . . images.

Full of Hot Air

Pat and I were at the launch site a little before 6:30 AM (yes AM!), but the balloons weren’t ready to launch. The pilots were looking at maps to try to figure out what to do. The usual launch site was at the west end of an open area, but today the winds were blowing east to west; contrary to the usual prevailing winds….

Beach, Bar, & Surf

Before returning to the dock, our bus took us to the the northeast corner of the island of Cozumel. There was a pull off from the road to a small scenic overlook. Here some entrepreneurs from the area had set up some crude kiosks and a very tiny bar hunt. The structures were made from driftwood, wood from pallets, and plywood. Along with the…

Cozumel

Like most cruise ship ports of call, Cozumel welcomes visitors with stores, kiosks, and music; all seeking your money. Once we found our guide and bus (air conditioned!), we went to visit a Mayan historical site. The roots of Mayan culture are found in Guatemala from early in the second millennium BC. The culture spread northward as far as southern Mexico. The peak of…

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…

“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. We are reminded that the forces of time and mother nature are strong enough to being down once proud structures. And even crafted metals fall prey to the…

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…

Garden Flowers

The Naples Botanical Gardens is a wonderful treasureland for photographs; beautiful flowers in accessible settings. Here are some of the images I liked. My next post will feature a lubber and some other visitors to the Gardens. And an image of me before my morning coffee.