Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 269, Go Get 'Em, Tigers!

You know who I'm rooting for in tonight's game against the NY Yankees.
I've got my bling on!

GO TIGERS!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 268, Autumn Fun

I came across a scarecrow contest in the making. There were 15 set up and room for several more.

Some were very clever.

Some were not so well constructed (or they were meant to look like they had a hangover).

And some were just plain cute. Autumn fun!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 267, Pumpkins Galore

I didn't have much time for picture taking today. I grabbed this shot as I was entering a local grocery store. Tis the season!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 266, Progression of Fall Colors

I love the fall colors. All of them. There is more visible this week than last. But it's still quite early for the really good show. Stay tuned, there's more to come.

If any of you follow the Pure Michigan web site you'll recognize a similar photo there. That's what inspired me.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 265, This Week in My Garden

From flora and fauna to fungus and fallen petals. This week was a soggy one in my garden!

Day 264, Linden

A linden tree, on Linden Street in the city of trees.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 263, Autumn Saturday

Nothing says "autumn Saturday" like college football. Instead of yet another pic of the Michigan Wolverines I thought today I'd share a pic of the Michigan Marching Band. Hail to the Victors!

OK, OK, I just couldn't resist! LOL! Here's a pic of Denard Robinson running with the football. Go Blue!

DPS Image: Autumn

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 262, First Day of Autumn

Autumn colors and flowers decorated the church at Mass this morning. It's time for me to dig out my red, orange, gold, and brown clothes for the autumn season too.

DPS Image: Autumn

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 261, Last Day of Summer

They're not ALL gone. I saw this butterfly on the bush and couldn't resist taking its picture this last day of summer. I thought perhaps I'd seen the last of the butterflies but this Monarch surprised me. What better way to photograph the end summer than with a butterfly pic!

This zoomed out pic shows how few blooms are left on the butterfly bush. There's not much left for this guy to eat so I hope he gets his fill.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 260, This Week in My Garden

It's been a couple weeks since we last visited my garden. It's still blooming but not as enthusiastically. I thought my handful of loyal blog visitors might be getting tired of seeing photos of the same ole flowers over and over again so this time you get to see them with filter effects.

The roses are still looking lovely...
Some years I've had blooms into November. I hope this year is the same story!

I never tire of seeing the roses... buds, partially opened, full bloomers, or petals on the ground.

These flowers that I've been watching for over a month now are finally making their show. This pic doesn't do them justice. Without the filter you'd see the bright, deep magenta color they really are.

The butterfly bush still has some blooms on it but I haven't seen any butterflies in well over a week. I'm pretty sure they are done for the season. Even the bees have become scarce. This guy was was the only one I saw on the bush.

The purple and pink Rose of Sharon bushes still have some blossoms but not many.

And I caught a moth on the spirea bushes.

It would be nice if the flowers would keep at it until the leaves of the trees develop their color show. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 259, Early Autumn in Michigan

Normally I wouldn't be shooting fall color quite this early in the season but "autumn" is the DPS-365 theme this week. I think this pic is pretty indicative of the patches of color that are appearing around southeast Michigan right now. In 3-4 weeks this view will be ablaze with color.

DPS Image: Autumn

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 257, Ford Field, Home of the Detroit Lions

Home game today for the Detroit Lions. They won 48-3 over the Kansas City Chiefs. What a difference in our Lions this year. They are a much improved team... no longer the embarrassment of the NFL!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 255, Colorful Kitchen

I needed a shot for this week's theme, "the kitchen". My colorful Fiesta Ware seemed like a good idea.

DPS Theme: The Kitchen

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 253, Winter is a Comin'

It was a cold, windy, and rainy day at Silver Beach. Hard to believe that just 48 hours earlier it was 85 degrees. Today the high was in the low 60s. The snow fencing is rolled and ready to put up. Summer is over and the city will begin preparing for winter soon. Very soon.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 252, Tall Ships Tour

From the deck of the Pinta looking back at the Nina. Really interesting to explore!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 249, Game Day!

This is the day of the big game! Tonight the Michigan Wolverines play Notre Dame under the lights in the first ever night game at the Big House. Go Blue!

There's a lot of team spirit at our house and in our neighborhood. Go Blue!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 248, They're Back!

I saw so many Monarch butterflies heading out over Lake Michigan last weekend I thought for sure the lot of them were heading south for the winter. I didn't see a single one on the butterfly bush all week. And then today I looked out and saw 4 of them on the bush all at once. I grabbed my camera and took a few shots. Unfortunately, when the butterflies are around the bush, so are the bees. Kaj followed me outside into the garden today, as usual, and got stung by a bee. Twice. Poor guy. :-(

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 245, This Week in My Garden

No bright sunny pics this day. We never saw the sun. But the overcast skies make for  even lighting and nice true (not over saturated) colors on the flowers.

As you can see, the bright and light pink shrub roses are still showing lots of blooms.

The day lilies are still lilly-ing.

The butterfly bush is still blooming but there were no butterflies visiting today. I wonder if they have left for warmer climes. There is a bee of some sort near the top of the bloom.

The pink and purple Rose of Sharon bushes still have lots of blooms and look lovely.
I've come to love these bushes. I don't know why I never planted any. Thank goodness my neighbor did!

My rose bushes look kinda like I feel at the end of summer, a little withered but still hanging in there.

Even with aging blossoms they have a beauty about them.

Last week I thought for sure I'd see full blooms on this plant by this week but no, not yet. I don't have any fall flowers planted in my yard so when all these flowers of summer go, that's it for my garden for this year. I suspect I may have seen the last of the butterflies for this year too. I saw a lot of them flying out into Lake Michigan over the weekend. I presume they were heading for a warm place for winter.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 244, The Winds of November Came Early

When summer came to an end, autumn came in on near gale force winds. If yesterday was a stark contrast to the previous two days in the 90s, today was a shock. Temps never made it out of the 60s and there were 25-35mph winds all day. While winds this strong aren't uncommon on Lake Michigan, they are uncommon during the summer and early fall. They are much more typical of late fall, winter, and early spring. Waves were 10-14ft all day creating a dangerous environment for swimmers, hence the rip current warning.

The winds made awesome waves and the cool temps made awesome clouds. The sun peeked through often making it a phenomenal day for taking pictures. I took over 400, most would make a suitable magazine cover or postcard. It was hard to take a bad picture.

It was tough to choose a handful of pics to feature here so I opted to choose just two, one from each of the two photo shoots I went on. The picture above was taken from Tiscornia Beach in St Joseph, Michigan. It gives a good feel for the size of the waves, the force of the wind, and the bright contrasts of color provided by the sun. The picture below was taken from Silver Beach in St Joe. It's amazing how many people come "out of the woodwork" to play on the waves when the surf's up. These three guys were kite boarding and I caught 2 of them in mid air. Be sure to click on the image to see it larger and get the full impact. They were exciting to watch!

I had a four-day Labor Day weekend and all 4 days provided great photo ops. I hate to see the summer go but I got the best of it in pics and that makes me a very happy girl. :-)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 243, Tri State Regatta Day 2

What a difference a day makes. As the boats left St Joseph this morning they had gray skies, windy conditions, cool temps, and lots of waves.

Much as I hate to admit it, there was definitely an autumn feel to the air this day. The dense clouds and crisp winds did it.

Given the direction the boats were heading and the direction of the wind, this was going to be one very fast leg of the race.

I'm sure it was an exciting ride for those aboard these boats. The one on the left in this picture was a 67ft sailboat out of Chicago. The crew looked to be having a grand time.

Here is a line of them waiting for the starting gun to go off. It was an amazing sight!