What Is Michigan?

Lens Therapy and the Argus Museum have sponsored a photo contest with the theme “What Is Michigan?” I entered this photo of a sunset at Grand Haven Lighthouse Pier taken last summer. It was selected for the gallery exhibition at Argus Museum, on display from June 6-July 31. The sponsors will choose two winners that … “What Is Michigan?”

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Spirit of America Rally

March 4, 2017 marked a day of patriotic support throughout the United States. Spirit of America and March4Trump rallies were held in nearly every state. I documented the event in Lansing, MI, at the Sate Capitol building. Note: There were some protestors but I do not photograph obscenity and their signs were too large to … “Spirit of America Rally”

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Empty Bowls Event

Pottery artists from the Adrian Center for the Arts created many beautiful bowls to promote a fundraiser for the local Salvation Army charity. The event was hosted by the Evans Street Station in Tecumseh, MI. Patrons could purchase bowls in a price range of $10-$30 and then enjoy a meal of soup and cookie treats … “Empty Bowls Event”

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Artilicious Art Festival

The summer of 2016 was the 10th year for Adrian’s Artilicious Art Festival. Friday evening’s lovely weather drew a large crowd; Saturday’s all-day rain kept some away. They returned when the skies finally cleared to enjoy a lovely evening.  

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My First Wedding Video

A relative’s wedding provided an opportunity to try some wedding photography. The couple’s professional photographer was very gracious about allowing guests to take photos, as well. I created a video album so that I could organize the photos to reflect the activities of the day as they unfolded. The video does not have audio; you … “My First Wedding Video”

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Civil War Muster

Reenactors enjoy sharing their love of history. The Jackson Civil War Muster  presented two battles from the Civil War on August 20-21, 2016, in Jackson, MI. The lovely Cascades Falls/Sparks Park provided a great venue for these battles and for the camps set up to illustrate and preserve the memory of the way of life … “Civil War Muster”

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Pure Michigan Summer 2016

These scenes reflect the activities I loved experiencing growing up in this beautiful state. A summer sunsets along Lake Michigan’s shoreline is stunning and well worth the drive to the western side of the state. These photos were taken in Grand Haven, Muskegon, and Ludington.

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A Charming Afternoon

Southeast Michigan culture features many intriguing traditions. The imaginary and whimsical fairy population continues to delight young and old. Fairy gardens are a fun way to brighten any day. The Fairy Garden Festival was sponsored by The Flower Pot, a greenhouse on a farm between Dundee and Monroe, Michigan    

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3D Art

I took these photographs at a photography class on 3D Objects. The pottery pieces were created by Amy Philp, another participant in the class. Amy has a studio at the Adrian Center for Arts in the Community Clay building. She graciously allowed me to photograph her art and publish it on my website.

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Howell Nature Center

The Howell Nature Center near Howell, Michigan has been caring for wild birds and mammals since 1982. They rehabilitate and release to the wild birds and animals that are imprinted, injured or orphaned. They give life-time care to animals that cannot be returned to their wild habitat. These permanent residents serve as subjects for photographers and … “Howell Nature Center”

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German P.O.W’s in Michigan

The history of a rural area reveals many interesting things. The discovery of P.O.W. camps in WWII caught my attention. I had not thought about German soldiers setting foot in areas where I now live. This photo vignette describes a little about those camps. Pause the slideshow to read the the printed slides.

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Grand Tetons

 My favorite views were of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming. We had beautiful weather and the landscape was saturated with color and texture. The hike to Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls was an effort but the serenity of our surroundings invited us to resting points along the climb. The cruise on Jenny Lake was not … “Grand Tetons”

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Yellowstone

Busloads of foreign visitors, mostly from Asian countries, poured into the scenic turnouts to breathe in the beauty of this land. Most of their photos include selfies, complete with parasols, to document that they were here. Families also came in abundant numbers to instill in their children a love of preserved geography. Lack of cell … “Yellowstone”

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Mammoth Hot Springs

On a hot day at Mammoth Hot Springs in northern Yellowstone, the rugged landscape sparkled with gem-like beauty in the bright sunshine. Walking through the lower terraces on the crowded boardwalks took its toll on my energy. The upper terraces were even busier with guests so we moved on after photographing this area.  

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Artists Paint Pots

 The beauty of Artists Paintpots at Yellowstone captivated me. The deep colors and rich textures in the features of this landscape were new to my eyes. Much of the geography is rugged and forbidding but this area had a sense of gentleness despite the danger of hydrothermal activity.

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A Sense of History

  The texture of travel comes from the people you meet and exposure to the culture of the places you visit. The roots of the old West continue to nourish the lifestyle of today’s people. Ranchers continue to manage their herds, farmers fight to tame the land into productivity. Western hospitality lives up to its reputation. … “A Sense of History”

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Devil’s Tower

This formation arose out of the earth and sparked many legends among the native American population. There was a request in recent years to re-name the monument “Bear Lodge” but only an act of Congress or a Presidential Proclamation can change the name of a national monument. It inspired me to portray the innocent-in-daylight structure … “Devil’s Tower”

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Mt Rushmore

I was more impressed by the sculptures on the mountain than I expected. Creating art on such a large scale and with such careful thought is almost incomprehensible to me. I developed a deep respect for the artist and the workers who accomplished such a feat and appreciate that it has been preserved for me … “Mt Rushmore”

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Art In The Park

I am very interested in learning street photography and I practiced at the Art in the Park event in Plymouth, Michigan this summer. I particularly like the photo of the little girl playing the violin. Her parents gave me permission to photograph their daughter for non-commercial use.    

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