2 Queens and 2 Vultures

I couldn’t resist putting these together with the above title. These were all taken on the same day as yesterday’s post. The detail from a building picture is from Wednesday’s post about the rundown – but still majestic – Victorian house; the style named, of course, for Queen Victoria. Notice the mold and moss and deterioration of the detail. The other queen is a…

A Victorian Lady

I love Victorian houses. While the Victorian period is typically listed as mid 19th century to 1900, most Victorian houses still standing in the United States were built toward the latter half of that period. While driving down a country road near me, I came across a sadly rundown Victorian house that still presented herself with hints of her former beauty. The house has…

Rust

Rust. What does the word “rust” bring to your mind? Do you think of corrosion, or decay, or tetanus shots? I think patina (strange, I know). The beautiful gradations and rich colors in rust draw me to all kinds of rusted things. As I wandered today taking pictures of rusted things, I was reminded of the Tolkien line “Not all who wander are lost.”…

A Visit to the Farm: The Rest of the Story

As we were taking pictures of the milk house, a car pulled up and a 70-something man rather gruffly asked what we thought we were doing. Once the farmer learned we were a couple of harmless old ladies interested in taking pictures of stones his demeanor changed and he smiled and said, “If you want to see some real stones, come to the house…

A Visit to a Farm

A couple of weeks ago a photo excursion started in the morning light with pictures of hay bales, stops to capture old farm equipment, photos of antiques (see my post on these), and then on to a fascinating farm visit. The farm visit started as Pat and I stopped to take pictures of an old stone milk house. In Paul Harvey’s words, I will…

Museum

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum (http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/) is the newest edition to the campus of Michigan State University. It is a museum of modern art where the building itself is also modern art. See the photo gallery from the link above to get some idea of the severe angles and dramatic lighting in the museum. I recently visited the museum for the first…

Antiques

No, this title is not referring to the roaming photographers. It is about the photos of antiques taken by this roaming photographer (who is not quite yet an antique). Pat and I went out last week not quite sure where our day would take us. But after some shots of hay bales and rusted antique farm equipment we found ourselves just west of Jonesville…

Black and White

My love of serious photography grew out my exposure to the work of Ansel Adams. Some 30 years ago I used a Canon AE1 and Ilford film to take pictures. I would make my own prints from a basement darkroom. With the move to digital photography, it seems that there is less black-and-white photography. I believe that sometimes the story you are trying to…

Stained Glass

For our recent photo excursion Pat and I visited five historic, downtown Jackson Michigan churches. We took pics of the gardens, exteriors, doors, and spires but we also received permission from each church to enter the church and take pictures inside. I love stained glass windows and focused (sorry about the pun) on them Colored or stained glass goes way back into ancient times,…

Texture

For me, texture is one of the harder things to portray in a picture. I know what I am experiencing, but how do I convey touch in an image? What I try to do is to intensify the image,  at least to some extent. Here are some ways I have recently tried to do that. The barn wood shows the richness of age as…