Big Red

These four photos are of Big Red, an iconic lighthouse in Holland, Michigan. The current structure is over 100 years old and is now more of a monument than a functioning lighthouse. You can read more of the history by Googling “Big Red”. The last two pictures use a special camera setting to get the watercolor effect (pun intended).

Knoxville Knews

Joanne and I visited friends in Knoxville, Tennessee over the Memorial Day weekend. Part of our visit included a visit to the Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.  The gardens have a very lovely setting, but need a sugar daddy or corporate sponsor and a bunch of Master Gardeners. There were some lovely spots and moments. Here are some shots from the gardens. Thanks Nancy…

Flowers, Fowl & a Bird

Friend Pat and I meandered over some gravel roads on a very beautiful day today in Jackson County Michigan. The sights, sounds, smells, and company all made for a delightful morning. Here is a bit of what we encountered:

Wildflowers – Aqua

The coming of Spring has brought life to the water as well as the land. Here are some of the awakening underwater (mostly) wildflowers.

Wildflowers III (and wildlife)

The transformation to Hidden Lake Gardens in less than one week was astounding and, at times, a bit of sensory overload. The heavy rain followed by sunny days brought out new wildflowers, hosta, tulips, and bees. Thought for the day: All flowers trace their roots (pun alert) to wildflowers. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.

Wildflowers II

Friend Pat and I have decided to try and visit Michigan State University’s 755-acre Hidden Lake Gardens once a week for the next few weeks to show the progression of Spring through wildflowers and other changes. These photos are from Tuesday’s visit where we saw some flowers beginning to fade (like many daffodils), some peeking out, and others in full bloom.

Wildflowers

My friend Pat returned from her Winter hideaway so we headed to Hidden Lake Gardens to see what wildflowers were out. The day started out cloudy, but the sun came out to make the lingering raindrops sparkle. It made for a fun outing.

Late Bloomers

Here are some late blooming (past mid-October) hosta images from right outside my front door.

Fall Colors

In addition to lines and curves from my last post. Pat and I saw some Fall colors. Having not had a hard frost yet, many summer colors were also still in bloom. Here is some of what we saw.

Curves and Lines

The artistic geometry of nature is astounding, if we take the time to look. Here is some of the Divine artistry that I saw on Tuesday’s outing with my friend Pat to the Hidden Lake Gardens.