Posted on March 16, 2017
It has been a few weeks since I have posted due, in part, to Michigan’s perpetual dark-cloud winter and a fractured collarbone. Last week we were able to visit friend Pat in Naples, Florida. During the visit we were able to take a photo safari to the Everglades. Our trip was focused (pun intended) on photographing some of the unbelievable rich diversity of Everglades’ birds. Here is a bit of what we saw.
Posted on January 22, 2017
This merry band of 6 went to the Women’s March in Lansing, Michigan. Thanks to Christie for the group selfie. (I am in the back right, next to Joanne; my spouse.) I believe the crowd was well over 10,000. It was a congenial group, but also very fired up. It was a diverse group in issues, ages, race, and many other things; but also a group in solidarity. In many ways the gathering was a healthy outlet for anger and a time of comforting of fears. I do believe this reaction to the words and deeds of Donald Trump will continue for some time. Incidentally if you haven’t seen Ashley Judd’s recitation of a 19-year olds’ poem, it is well worth the time. I like the part where she describes Trump as “a man who looks like he bathed in Cheeto dust.”
There were thousands of signs. “Sign, sign, everywhere a sign / Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind / Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?…” . They were a bit of a challenge for picture taking due to the crowd and the seemingly constant movement of the signs, but here are some of my favorite:
Posted on December 31, 2016
Over the last four years I have taken well over 10,000 photos. I have many favorites, but worked hard to very subjectively narrow this post to 10. The captions for each picture will give you the context, the month and year, and why that particular shot is one of my favorites. I couldn’t rank them, so I decided to show them in chronological order. I hope you enjoy both the photos and the back stories.
Posted on December 27, 2016
We had a combined Christmas and Thanksgiving day (Thanksmas) with our two oldest and their families that started at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. We toured the conservatory gardens and admired the Christmas trees that were decorated in the manner of countries around the world. We had a picnic style lunch at the Gardens, viewed an indoor statue display, and then headed to our middle son’s house where we hung out and enjoyed a grilled-in-the-snow pork tenderloin. Here are a few shots from the Meijer Gardens.
Posted on November 21, 2016
Once your hear the unique cry of Trumpeter Swans, it’s a sound you won’t forget. The Trumpeter population was nearly extinct in the early 20th century with a population in the U.S. of less than 70. Re-introduction of the species to its former range has been very successful with nearly 800 now living in Michigan. You can find YouTube videos of the Trumpeter Swans’ honks and cries, but it is not quite the same as the inperson, noisy take-off and landings of these trumpets in the sky.
Posted on November 18, 2016
Having gone to college in upstate New York. I love authentic Buffalo wings. But this post will take a rather intricate look at swans’ wings (although I have a great recipe for Buffalo Wings!). These wing images come from a 60 minute trip to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary run by Michigan State University, I have other pictures I will share from the trip, but hope you find these wing shots as mesmerizing as I do. I suspect that angels’ wings look a lot like these swan wings. I caught an image of incoming Trumpeter Swans that was my favorite lucky shot of the day and have included that at the end of today’s post. Let me know your thoughts.
Posted on November 3, 2016
This tree is located a few steps from our new home. I have included a couple of shots that give geographical hints on the location of this Jackson area tree. I will let the captioned pictures tell the story of this Fall explosion of color except for these Joyce Kilmer words: