Saturday, August 26, 2017

Nature Walk by the Lake

I took a nice walk along the Lake Huron shore, near Rogers City.  It was just a short walk with my lovely wife and the Bugg (Boston Terrier/Pug mix).  I got a few simple photos I thought I would share.  I hope you like them!

A lovely shot showing the shoreline.  One of many reasons I love Michigan.

A grasshopper was kind enough to pose for me.

Summer berries.

Mushrooms, mushrooms and more mushrooms...

 Yes, I know what this looks like.  Lets keep it clean, folks!


Thanks for visiting.  I hope to get more pictures ups soon.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Well, my term of service in the Bay Central High School Band Boosters is over.  My youngest son has graduated.  I spent two years as President, and four years of acting as the official, unofficial Band Photographer.

What this means is that finally, I have time to take pictures for myself.  And to celebrate here are a few new shots that I have taken recently, on our vacation to the cottage in Hale, MI.

First is this cute little bird that liked to perch in the big oak tree in front of the cottage.


He was sitting with a friend at first, but he (or she) did not want to stick around to get his (her) picture taken.


We did some walking and hiking, and I found this butterfly sitting on a sunlit leaf…


And this goldfinch, who sat long enough to pose for me.


This dragonfly also cooperated.


And finally, tradition dictates that I end with a sunset image over the lake.


Well, that is it for now.  I know it has been two years since I last posted.  I am hoping I can stay more active here now.  We will see.  Life has a habit of throwing the unexpected our way.  But maybe I can get out and play with the camera a bit more often.

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Few Just For Fun

I went out over the weekend and got some pictures of….that’s right!  Birds!!!!  Imagine that.  I guess I have something of a thing about birds.  Anyway, here are a few shots.

I never realized how colorful a grackle really is.


The egrets are back!


I love this one of some ducks in flight.


And finally, just to prove that I do take pictures of things other than birds, here is the path to the bay I was walking on.  I decide to experiment a bit and do it in black and white.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Signs of Spring

After a long, cold winter, spring is finally returning to the Saginaw Bay region.  This past weekend I slipped out to one of my favorite wildlife areas, and captured a few pics.  The birds were pretty shy, so I had to zoom in a lot.  Some of the pics are not as clear as I would have liked, but hey, after this last winter I will take what I can get!

I think this guy may be a song sparrow, but they do all tend to look alike after a while.  I will classify this as a LBB (Little Brown Bird)


This pair of Canada geese are wondering why the water is so hard…and cold.


Speaking of cold water, I thought this little patch of ice was neat.


I was thrilled to hear, and finally see, some sandhill cranes.  They never landed in a spot near enough for me to take a picture on the ground, but I did manage to get a couple in flight.


And finally, one of my favorite signs of spring, the red wing blackbird.



Monday, March 10, 2014

Saturday Morning Birds

The weather finally took a turn toward spring over the last few days, and Saturday morning I was able to get out with the camera.  I headed to my favorite spot of open water on the river, and I was not disappointed.  The usual crowd of ducks, mergansers and geese were there, plus another regular visitor.

Some of the mergansers I mentioned did not like me walking up to their spot on the water, so they literally took off to the other end of the swimming hole.


Common mergansers.


Looking down the spot of open water, you see ducks, geese, mergansers, and someone else looking over the whole scene.


How about a closer look at that majestic observer.


Spring must be approaching, the gulls are starting to come back.  I think they look a little miffed that most of the river is still ice covered.


One of my favorites is the Hooded Merganser, who is hanging out with some mallards.  Or I like to call it, the Punk Duck.


Not everyone is back though.  Some of the homes are still closed up for winter, awaiting the return of their warm weather occupants.


Even though I did not visit anyplace too exotic, it was good to get out with the sunrise and watch a bit of nature.  I hope you enjoyed my selection.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Couple Random Subjects

Hi.  I am  back again.  I realize I have not posted in several….months.  Well, I have been a tad busy.  But then, haven’t we all?

I want to touch on a couple subjects.  The first one I title….

Why I Hate Winter:


No further explanation needed.

My second subject needs a bit of an explanation.  I title this one….

Ok, So Birds Are Not The Brightest Creatures:

I came out of a store today, and saw this male cardinal (the bird, not the church official) flying between two vehicles parked on the other side of the lot.  He appeared to be attacking the rear view mirrors.  I soon realized that he was seeing his own reflection in the mirrors, and was trying to drive off the intruder.


I suppose a bird defending his territory is a sign of spring.  Lets hope so.  Thanks for visiting, and lets all think warm thoughts.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

River of Time - 2013

Wow, it has been some time since I last posted.  I have been busy photography my son’s high school marching band, and even had a couple jobs.  I have not had much hobby time lately.

But last weekend I was able to get out and visit the River of Time, an annual historical re-enactment held in Bay City.  A beautiful sunny day, lots of interesting things to see, and, best of all, a quality afternoon out with my two boys.

The River of Time has people representing all periods of American history, from colonial times…..


… to the 20th century.


This year there was a lot more from the WWII era.


It is great to see and meet the people….


…and here the music.




More music.


Navy ambulance.


Ben Franklin….


And Abe Lincoln.


If you ever find yourself in mid Michigan at the end of September, and are looking for something to do, come and visit the River of Time.  You will not be disappointed!