Face off

This raccoon was enjoying the bird seed I put out and wandered a little across the deck rail.  Eli and Macy saw the raccoon and the raccoon saw them, but seemed to realize the window provided a safety shield between them so didn’t care much.  Nonetheless, it was an exciting few moments for my dogs who then ran out through the doggy door.  The raccoon scampered down the railing and under the deck before Eli and Macy reached it.

Backyard, Livonia, MI
May 8, 2018
Apple iPhone 6s

Wading through flooded waters

This young buck slowly plodded through the flooded field this Saturday morning after long, heavy rains over night.   When I saw him I quickly grabbed my camera, whistled to catch his attention, and snapped a few pictures.  Fun photo app!  The buck didn’t pose long and continued his walk across the filed and behind the trees.

Backyard, Livonia, MI
May 12, 2018
Nikon D90

Foggy duck morning (2)

Heavy rains flood the low-lying portion of my backyard, essentially turning it into a pond.  The ducks and geese love it.  Thick fog over the flooded yard on this early Tuesday morning created a wonderful, quiet, ethereal feeling that I tried to capture along with the delighted ducks.

Backyard, Livonia, MI
February 20, 2018
Nikon D90

 

 

 

Quiet bench by the river (2)

I enjoyed this quiet bend in the Huron River.  It was a very cold afternoon, light snow flurries gently drifting down, quiet.  The bench looked like a nice place to relax on a warmer day, though I thought about sitting for a few minutes but I was already too cold.  The tones and texture of the film gave this image just the right feel for me.

Fuller Park, Ann Arbor, MI
February 17, 2018
Minolta X700

 

 

Watching the wonder of the waning sunset

The sun’s glow became orange as the sun set deeper and the sky grew darker.  Soft rays reached out, stars came out, and the grassy dune in front of me was now a silhouette.  I noticed someone else taking pictures of the sunset, appearing very small in the distance at the peak of the dune.  The scale of the other photographer in relation to the expanse of the scene tells a wonderful story about  man’s place in our small corner of the universe.

Grand Marais, MI
September 30, 2017
Nikon D90

 

Soft fall sunrise

 

 

 

 

There were patches of fog in the lower lying areas on this crisp fall morning.  As I drove south on Highway 77 in the Upper Peninsula the sun glowed brightly through the fog where it was thinner.  I stopped to take some photos.  I really liked how the warm brightness graduated to the cool blue sky where the fog was even thinner, and the trees were silhouetted as they fade into the distance. 

On Highway 77 near Green Haven, MI
September 29, 2017
Nikon D90

Windy morning on Lake Superior

It had rained hard during the night and started clearing around sunrise.  The breaking clouds were beautiful blues, grays, and soft orange tones as they swiftly blew in off of Lake Superior.  White caps on the choppy waves could be seen far out onto the lake and as they rushed ashore.  Grand Marias’s north light station is on the horizon.  With this image, I wanted to capture the vastness of the view I had, of the broad expanse of the lake and big sky.

Lake Superior, Grand Marais, MI
September 29, 2018
Nikon D90

Lily pads on the sun soaked marsh

Standing on the boardwalk and enjoying the late summer morning at Crosswinds Marsh, I enjoyed the sun glaring on the water as I looked at the lily pads and underwater plants.  To emphasize the contrast of the bright sunlight reflection and the soft shadows underneath, I chose to present the image as black and white.  There’s a peaceful play happening between the lights and darks. 

Crosswinds Marsh, Sumpter Twp, MI
September 2, 2017
Yashika Electro 35

Morning fog in the yard

I like the peaceful glow of the morning fog.  I took this picture with a film camera to capture the deeper part of my yard fading from view with the softer image quality attributed from film images.  The distant glow is framed by the subtle tones of the trees and grass closer to me, and Hugo sticking his head through the deck spindles.

Backyard, Livonia, MI
September 16, 2017
Yashika Electro 35

The sand bar sound

These swans shown bright in the morning sun against the marsh water.  I pushed the contrast in this image to give an almost angelic quality to the swans while holding onto the soft details within the darker passages.

Crosswinds Marsh, New Boston, MI
September 3, 2017
Nikon D90