Pond Reflections

As we left the bird sanctuary on Thursday, we headed in the general direction of Chelsea; with side excursions down some gravel roads infested with biting flies. We didn’t get out.

Along the way we came across a couple of personal ponds. They both appeared to be spring fed. I enjoy the abstract, almost impressionistic, quality of water reflections. Here are some of the images plus proof that we made it to Chelsea.

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Boat, Pond, & Sky

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Boat & Bush

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Shoreline

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Bubbles and Waves

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Diving Board & Bridge

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Yes, we made it to Chelsea. No, we weren’t riding bikes!

Wild Flowers

When I left our condo to meet Pat, my spouse asked where we were headed. I replied “to gravel roads, blue skies, and the bluebird of happiness”. We found all three.

We went to the largest Audubon site in Michigan: The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary. As we stepped out from the woods, we were greeted with acres of wildflowers. These photos (click on the link to see them all) are all from that location.

One curious few minutes occurred when I unwittingly must have come near a bluebird nest. All at once I was attacked with fly-bys from bluebird Migs or F18s. They would fly directly at my face or the back of my head (never from the side) and then when they were 10-12 inches away, fly over my head. I stood transfixed for a few minutes and enjoyed the aerial display. Hope you enjoy the wildflower images and one guest of the flowers.

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Gravel, Wildflowers & Visitors

Pat and I were south of Homer, Michigan in Amish country. We found the kind of gravel roads we seek and it turned out to be a day of wildflowers (and a few other things). I could not get a poem out of my head as we enjoyed a very beautiful morning. The poet is Gerard Manley Hopkins. Maybe the images will speak to you in your own reflection on the beauty of the world around us.

God’s Grandeur

The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
    It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
    It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
    And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
    And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
    There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
    Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs —
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
    World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
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Still Tree Persisted

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Pat

My friend Pat posted a delightful account of the last ramble we took at https://imissmetoo.me/2017/06/11/precious-time/  . You can compare her subject matter with mine to see how we often see things differently . . . part of what makes for the joy we have in our outings.

Pat is an extraordinary friend. Our outings are usually the highlight of my weeks.

I offer one photo from that outing that I did not post because I was having trouble making it look like I felt upon seeing the new-growth trees.

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Rambling Roads

With Pat back from her hiatus, we took to the open road on Tuesday. We look for roads less traveled in part because we can drive slower and see more. Here is some of what we saw.

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Wilbur?

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Canadian Air Corps

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Spring Flowers

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Corn

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Break Time

At the Zoo

With three grandkids and two more grandkids from our “Swiss daughter”, we took a trip to John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Zoos can be a photographic challenge due to the fact that you often have to shoot through glass, bars, or mesh. That said, here are some photos from the fun had by all.

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In the Conservatory with the Camera by Dr. Julie

Actually, the first 10 photos are from recent trips to two conservatories: Hidden Gardens near Tecumseh, MI and Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

Conservatories have a mixture of the opportunity to take pictures of plant life not common to your area (saving by not traveling to the tropics) and some challenges. The muted lighting in conservatories sometimes may require a flash to get the effect you want. You may also need to work hard to get a suitable background for your image.

The pictures that follow (except for the last one) were taken using an 18-55 zoom lens.

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My Favorite Conservatory Picture (from a previous trip)

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