Thursday, August 30, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday Sunset, August

That darn marine layer was in the way again. There wasn't much happening up in the sky so here we have a silhouette view at the fountain. It was a very nice warm evening!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Sunset, August

It was a bit of an odd looking sunset this evening. We had one of those brilliant red-ball sunsets, no doubt because the forecast is for hot (90+) temps tomorrow. There was a marine layer of clouds obscuring the horizon and I thought we wouldn't actually see the sun dip below the horizon. But then it peaked out from the clouds just long enough for me to grab this pic. The little dots of black in the sky are the swallows that cruise the coastline at sunset.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Sunset, August

Not much sun in this evening's sunset. But it was still a lovely time on the lake.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday Sunset, August

Kaj was cooperative in posing for this evening's sunset pic. Another lovely August evening at the lake...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Sunset, August

It was a calm evening on the big lake. Not many boats coming or going up the river. Peaceful. 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Sunset, August

It was a lovely evening on the lake. Not as many vacationers in town this week, probably because school has started for some kids already. It was a cool evening and the sunset is coming much earlier in the evening than just a few weeks ago.

Sunday Sunset, August

I think it's time for another week of sunsets, don't you? August has been rainy here in Michigan but this week looks promising. We'll see how far I get.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What Is It?

OK, so I'm making myself a quick sandwich for lunch and I glance out the window and I see this bird on my backyard fence. And I think to myself, "Self, what the heck is that?" It's a rather large bird, not like duck-sized but larger than I'm used to seeing around the neighborhood. It looks young and acts tentative. I watch it for a moment or so and then I notice there's a second one nearby. I grabbed my cell phone which was the only camera I had with me and I took a couple quick shots. They seemed to be content to just be hanging out where they were so I thought, "What the heck, run for the D!"

Much to my delight I managed to grab my 60D, put on my long zoom lens, and get back down to the kitchen in time to get off some more shots. Here is one with its neck extended. You can really see the speckled throat here.

Then the one joined the other on the fence rail and the two of them posed nicely for a picture. I actually managed to take about 30 quick pics of them before they flew off into a tree. Wouldn't you know it, I took my Michigan bird guide back to St Joe last weekend. I did a quick search on the internet, and then another, and another. I can't figure out what kind of birds these are. Any guesses?

(BTW, these particular pics were taken with The D not my cell phone. ;-)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Windy Sunset

Big winds, big waves, beautiful sunset. When the waves are this high it's not safe for swimming but it's a great time to grab the camera!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

After the Storm

This was last night's sunset after the storm passed. The colors changed from moment to moment. Very dramatic.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Storm Chasin'

I'll share another sunset photo tomorrow but today we have a thunderstorm moving across Lake Michigan. This was a severe one that caused warnings to be issued. Below is the radar image of the storm.

This radar image is from the WSBT Weather phone app. I was on a beach just about due west of Kalamazoo on Lake Michigan.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tiscornia Sunset

The other night I debated watching the Olympic games coverage on TV vs trying for a sunset pic. Knowing the surf was up on Lake Michigan I opted to take a break from TV and head over to Tiscornia Park (St Joseph, Michigan). I was rewarded with an awesome sunset and was able to capture a whole series of lovely photos. Enjoy this one and leave me a nice comment and I just may share some more!