Waldron Road

It wasn’t a very exciting sunrise this morning except for a few pink-laced clouds. But, I wasn’t out for the sunrise. I was looking for that golden hour or two that comes after the sunrise on a clear morning. This morning was supposed to be clear but, in Michigan, mostly cloudy is sometimes about as close as we get.

I was traveling the 15 mile or so stretch of Waldron Road that runs south from U.S. 12 (the old Detroit to Chicago stagecoach route) to U.S. 34. The road is hilly and winding, like many roads in this part of Michigan. It is the kind of area where both old trees and old houses are left to be reclaimed by the earth. At spots along the road where I pulled over to get out and take some pictures, I would put on my flashers for safety. Three times gentlemen stopped to make sure I was okay.

Stepping out into the 33 degree morning, I did have a few moments of golden light and some silhouettes that I liked. The sun hit the hilltops first, then the valleys, and finally the swamp land so common around here. These are a few of this morning’s moments.

Swamp Sunrise

Swamp Sunrise


Reflection Circles

Reflection Circles


Tree, Shed, and Sun

Tree, Shed, and Sun


Log Cabin and Corn

Log Cabin and Corn


Treetops in Sun

Treetops in Sun


Weed, Trees, and Sun

Weed, Trees, and Sun

Chance

“Chance favors the prepared mind” is a quote attributed to Louis Pasteur. I don’t know if he was a photographer, but his words should ring true to every serious photographer. Read all you can. Practice all you can. And then be ready for whatever “chance” throws you way. Here are a few happenstance photos of mine.

The first one is of trees in my oldest son’s backyard. I was experimenting with a new 35mm lens, saw the trees, and wondered how the lens would work on them. I was thinking black and white all the way, but really not looking for this kind of picture. I like the drama of the image.
trees

The next two were taken during a visit to Cascades Park in Jackson, Mi.The heron was standing right in front of me as I approached the walking path. He (she?) tolerated a couple of shots before taking flight. The other shot was of a duck taking flight. I tried to track the duck and let the background and wings blur.
heron

take offThe final shot for today was taken on a country road. In some ways the picture is smore than a little disturbing, but shooting road signs seems to be a Michigan pastime. Farmers be safe. Viewers post your thoughts.
Bullet holes

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