God’s Trumpets

Pat and I traveled to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary to visit the swans and other waterfowl (a future post). Maybe it’s because I played the trumpet for many years, but I have an affinity for the grace and hauntingly engaging call of the trumpeter swans . . . God’s trumpets. Here are some trumpeter swan images I hope you enjoy.

York Minster

York Minster was built on the ruins of a Roman army outpost primarily tasked with protecting Hadrian’s Wall. The cathedral is big and beautiful. Here are some stained glass windows I was able to photograph and a statue that moved me.

A Mistery Day

Relying on weather forecasts for a mostly sunny day, Pat and I planned on a Thursday outing. While waiting for Pat, I took a photo of the mist that would certainly soon disappear. It didn’t. Our morning was a mistery one. Close shots showed some clarity, but distant images were trapped in the mist/fog until the sun broke through after our late morning second…

Eccentricities & Oddities

I took some pictures that don’t fit with other groupings. Some reflect the eccentricities of the Brits. Some reflect the oddities of this photographer. I hope that at least one will bring a smile to your face.

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey  was founded by 13 expelled Benedictine monks in 1132. They became part of the more reformation minded Cistercian order in 1133. The Abbey is one of the largest and best preserved Cistercian monasteries in England. Its history as a monastery lasted until 1539 when Henry VIII ordered all monasteries dissolved. In 1983 the  National Trust purchased the 674 acre property. It was designated a…

Landscapes

Great Britain, in many parts of the country, is one gorgeous landscape after another. I don’t take many landscape pictures because I have a difficult time capturing the fullness of the beauty I see. I hope these images give you at least a bit of the beauty of England’s northern landscapes and the heather on the hills. The “golfball” buildings are from a nearby…

Flowers of Great Britain

The British take their flowers very seriously; whether cultured or wild. I’ve chosen a dozen flower shots from our recent trip to Great Britain. We were there to see our youngest and his family, my youngest brother and his wife, and one of my nieces. The weather was often overcast, but we visited area sites and very rarely got caught in the rain. Hope…

On to Concord (and Back)

I set out on my own yesterday, as my usual photo safari companion was away. Concord, Michigan is a short trip from my home. I was on my way a bit before sunrise to catch as much of my preferred early morning light as possible. The sunflowers were near Spring Arbor. The animal shots were on my rather circuitous route back. The rest are…

Evening Drive

Due to busier than usual daytime schedules, Pat and I took an evening drive. It was a different light than we were used to, but we adjusted and captured some Pure Michigan beauty. Pat was the navigator and entirely by well-planned accident we ended up at the ice cream place to have green apple and caramel ice creams in a small twist. It was…

Among the Wild

Lat week’s photo outing took us out among the wild, er wildflowers. We both agreed that this was one of the most prolific wildflower summers we had seen. Queen Anne’s Lace has been especially plentiful. Here is some of what I witnessed in my adventure among the wild (wildflower, that is). CAUTION: If you are an arachnophobe, there are spider webs in three of…