Young lily pads toward the Light

I took my Argus 75 film camera to Crosswinds Marsh. It’s a fun camera that I bought for $10 at an antique store and the images have a unique look to them, if/when any of the photos actually turn out into something decent. This image of young lily pads under a blue spring sky with the glow of the sun above, and along the horizon, is one of those images from that camera I like.

Crosswinds Marsh, Sumpter Twp, MI
May 13, 2020
Argus 75

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

 

A view from Nisqually Vista

A view from Nisqually Vista

Great view of Mt. Rainier and the Nisqually Glacier from the Vista just a short walk from the Paradise Area Visitor Center.  I liked how the image seems to have three parts that make up this view:  the mountain top with bright snow and blue sky, a closer and lower ledge of the mountain covered in shaded snow, then the falls and streams leading down to the glacier framed by the pine trees.

July 8, 2016          Mt. Rainier National Park          Nikon D90

Crossroads

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At Heritage Park in Taylor, MI, the Little Wedding Chapel stands bright on this warm sunny afternoon.  I noticed two vapor trails crossing and moved to see if I could get the crossing of the trails to cross with the tip of the steeple.  I didn’t have to walk far to catch this.

June 11, 2016          Heritage Park, Taylor, MI         Nikon D90

Before the sunrise (2)

Before the sunrise (2)

Looking at the dawn across the beach and pier I liked the soft glow of the lamps on the beach and walkway in the foreground, giving way to the darkness that’s out of reach, the green bench highlighted in seclusion under the lamp on the pier, then the beautiful colors in the pre-sunrise sky.  The clouds added texture and a bit of drama to the sky as they reach across my view.

February 21, 2016          Luna Pier, MI          Nikon D90

Morning mist on the bay (3)

Morning mist on the bay (3)

After packing up to head back home, I stepped out onto the porch to take in the fresh morning.  To the west I could see mist rising off the bay.  It was exciting, something I don’t recall seeing in Hessel before, though I’m sure it happens anytime conditions are right.  I grabbed my camera and took some pictures, hoping to capture the feel of the scene.  The sun had yet to rise and the dawn light was beautiful.

October 10, 2015          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90

On an afternoon walk

On an afternoon walk

Driving back to the house along M134 I came upon the John Arthur Woollam Preserve.  I never realized it was there.  I pulled in and parked, studied the map of the Preserve and its walking trails that lead to Lake Huron, and decided to do some exploring.  I had the entire place to myself.  With the October afternoon sun lower in the sky, it glistened between the trees, through the leaves, and the shadows were longer.  And it was very quiet.  Walking the trail toward the lake, I enjoyed the blue sky and fall clouds that appeared through a clearing of trees that made a nice frame with the trail leading off into the trees further ahead.

October 9, 2015          East of Cedarville, MI          Nikon D90

As the fog thins (1)

As the fog thins (1)

When we first got to this opening in Cades Cove, the fog was thick and we could barely see even a trace of the trees at the other end.  But seemingly in the next few minutes the fog began to thin.  Gradually, the subtle colors, pastels, of the morning began to appear.  This picture captured the essence of what I saw and felt as the scene unfolded, the fog receding.  Not a necessarily “popular” image on the mainstream photo sites, but it’s one of my favorites.  Which, really, is what is more important to me.

April 26, 2015.  Cades Cove, Smokie Mountains National Park, TN     Nikon D90