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

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

Hessel Marina at dusk (1)

Hessel Marina at dusk (1)

I went to the Marina to take some evening time exposure shots of the town traffic.  This time of year with no tourists and on a Tuesday, though, Hessel is very quiet.  Traffic is but a car or two every few minutes so I instead wanted to capture the essence of just how quiet it can be here.  The dark figures near the water’s edge is a statue of a man and child.  The small reddish glow on the road is from the Islander Bar, the only establishment open this evening, and the reddish dot just above it is the only traffic light, marking the intersection with M134.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Morning over Hessel Marina boat launch

Very few boats at the Marina this time of year.  As I walked by the boat launch I noticed how the morning sun was directly aligned above the walkout and both could be centered in the composition between the sides of the launch.

October 25, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

A quiet evening on the porch

A quiet evening on the porch

We sold the house so this is one of the last times I’ll be able to sit on the front porch and enjoy the quiet and the beautiful view of Hessel Bay.  It was a chilly evening but I just put on my heavier jacket.  A few breaks in the clouds at dusk let some post-sunset light peak through on the horizon.  The golden porch light gave a warm softness to the porch rails and overhang.

October 24, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

Quiet evening

Quiet evening

The lake was quiet, just some small ripples.  This 13 second exposure smoothed them even further.  Goose’s dock is in progress.  All is calm on this Friday evening, barely a sound but a distant fishing boat heading out from the marina.

May 13, 2016          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

 

At Phoenix Lake

At Phoenix Lake

One of my favorite spots, tucked down just off a park entrance.  A little ice still on the surface that you can see on the left, a slight high cloud cover that diffused the sunlight nicely.  This is a 15 second exposure that smoothed the calm water even more and with no breeze the trees and brush were quiet.

January 30, 2016         Hines Park, Plymouth, MI           Nikon D90