Wednesday, January 8, 2014

End of the Polar Vortex

I went down to the beach today to try to get a picture of the ice-encrusted outer lighthouse. The thing is, the wind was still blowing, the skies were still snowing, and the temps were still too much for me to deal with. Sometimes the best you can do is grab a quick shot, apply a couple filters, and go with it. That's what I've done here. My original pic was so lacking in contrast you couldn't really make out the outer lighthouse at all. So here is a slightly jazzed up version of the St Joseph lighthouses photographed from Silver Beach.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Birds in a Blizzard

It's official. We've been upgraded to a blizzard warning here in southwest Michigan. It's been snowing all day and the winds really picked up between 3pm-4pm. Shortly before that I decided to feed the birds. I knew they'd need energy to survive the storm. These are the ones that came to the feeder this afternoon.

Male Cardinal
Black-eyed Junco
Tufted Titmouse
Black-capped Chickadee
So this is what I did with my afternoon. I spent it watching the birdies come and go. All in all, a very pleasant day in spite of the storm.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

National Lighthouse Day

Happy National Lighthouse Day from the shores of Lake Michigan! I couldn't let this day go by without posting a pic of my favorite lighthouses.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Springtime in Michigan, Crab Apple

From my own backyard to your computer, phone, tablet... oh how I wish I could send the sweet scent of our crab apple tree along with this picture! Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Springtime in Michigan, Sunset

I am always fascinated by the journey of the sun across the horizon as the seasons progress. I had hoped to get a picture of the sun setting just between the two lighthouses this day but Mother Nature wasn't cooperating. The sun dipped behind the low clouds on the horizon just a few minutes before sunset and messed with my plans, lol!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Springtime in Michigan, Tulips

Here they are, the center piece of the Holland Tulip Time Festival. What beauties, eh?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Springtime in Michigan, Holland

This is the week of the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan. The dancers were fun to watch as they turned, kicked, twirled, and hopped along Central Avenue.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Springtime in Michigan, Magnolia

Ahhh the sweet scent of the magnolia tree in bloom is absolutely delightful!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Springtime in Michigan, Lighthouses

Nothing says springtime like flowering trees. The ones along Lake Bluff Park are just beautiful this week!