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

 

 

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

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

 

Water in the deep woods

This is a pond, or possibly a lot of standing water after the heavy rains we had recently.  But I think it’s a pond higher than usual from the rains.  Regardless, the water was very calm this afternoon and the greens, shadows, and clean reflections caught my attention.  I chose an angle in which the nearer branches and leaves framed my image and set the exposure to be slightly longer to accentuate peacefulness.

May 7, 2017
Maybury State Park, Northville MI
Nikon D90

Irish green under gray

Our family trip to Ireland and Scotland was a lot of fun and a wonderful time.  After two days of adventures in Dublin we drove to Kilkenny to enjoy the town and castle for two days.  On our drive back to Dublin, we took back roads and on N81 came upon River Liffey.  The clouds and their reflection on the water were gray, the grass on the hillside was lush, and where sunlight shone through it lit up the green hillside beautifully.

April 4, 2017
River Liffey, just north of Poulaphouca, Ireland
Nikon CoolPix P330

Scenic view near the end of Wilderness Park Drive

Scenic view near the end of Wilderness Park Drive

Early morning along the edge of Lake Michigan and the Mackinac Straits.  The full 5-mile stretch of the Mackinac Bridge connecting the tips of Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas are seen here, along with a passing gull.  No one else was around.  Very quiet with a cold breeze coming off the water.

October 26, 2016          Wilderness State Park, MI          Nikon D90

Hessel Marina at dusk (3)

Hessel Marina at dusk (3)

After taking pictures of the town from the dock, I turned around and saw this beautiful view of the Hessel Marina gazebo, the outer docks, and the vivid reflections.  The day’s final glow along the western horizon was quickly giving way to the night.  The sky was crystal clear and I could see Venus to the left of the gazebo.  An animal, possibly an otter or a mink, swam by just below me.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90