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

 

 

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

A bench in the woods

Taking a walk along the trail that circles the pond at Maybury State Park, I came across a bench set just off the trail and among the trees.  It looks like a nice place to take in the beautiful park, gather your thoughts, have a quiet conversation, or simply listen to nature.  With the afternoon sun getting lower, I liked how the two parallel tree shadows reach out to hold the bench.

February 19, 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

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

Evening relaxation

Evening relaxation

A quiet summer evening at home in my chair, Macy asleep on my legs.  While relaxing there I tried some indoor pictures with a Praktiflex IV film camera.  I like the serene light and softness the film gives this scene.

June 24, 2016          Sunroom, Livonia, MI          Praktiflex IV

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