DAILY PHOTOGRAPHS My Daily Visual Diary. Click on an image to see the rest of the photos in that gallery. 4/13 Peeling PaintAnd some is even green. I think there's a couple layers peeling off.4/12 Pretty Green But Not GrassEverybody seems more aware of the plight of the bees that are being killed with common weed killers. So, the moss is having a better chance. It stays nice and greed in the middle of winter, too.4/11 Honeysuckle Creating Green HazeAlways to start budding very early, this year is later than usual, but now far enough along that it makes a green haze to the bushes.4/10 Daffodils At PSCOurs haven started blooming yet--probably another week if we get some warmer weather. The area where this one is blooming was in a very protected sunny area4/9 Small Unknown White FlowersAnother new one to me. And, I have not been able to find out what it is.4/8 Trailing Arbutus PanoramaI think this also is a trailing Arbutus, with more bluish flowers.4/7 Snow DropJust starting to open.4/6 Colors Of ItalyWith bicycle parked against the building - an Italian (very much so) Pizzeria around here.4/5 Trailing Arbutus ??This is a new plant to me. I'm not sure of the identification, but I think it's a Trailing Arbutus. Found it right alongside the sidewalk this afternoon. I need to get a macro lens to get a good image of the tiny flowers that are only about 4 mm wide.4/4 Go GreenMichigan State Spartans in Final Four, starting Saturday night. The whole state is rooting for them.4/3 Bromeliad At BMHIn the atrium. Lots of green there.4/2 String Of PearlsThey look somewhat like green peas, but I'm sure they don't taste like peas.4/1 PearDelicious pear--a very light green, and lit with only one small LED flashlight. But, it still has good modeling. 3/31 Flower Arrangement RoseAnd yes, there's green in it. Very beautiful rose in church this morning.3/30 Veggie Burger On a Lettuce BunNice green from the lettuce. Even the plate decoration has a little green in it.Daylilies Coming UpSuch a pretty green. I hope the deer leave them alone this year.3/28 Everything GreenEverything is green--sponge and plastic padding.3/27 Now Anxious For More GreenI'm going to do a green series of images with green--until everything is green outside.3/26 Blankets Like SnowThese are quilt batting--all thicknesses and sizes.3/ 25 Ornamental Crab Apples Still OnUsually the birds strip these trees in the fall before they migrate. Guess they missed this one--there was a lot of trees with heavy loads of berries for them.3/24 CaughtAn artificial flower that's caught in the leaves along the fence in the park.3/23 Francos Pizzaria Wall DecorationsSmall little place, but does big business and has delicious pizza as well as other Italian specialties. My other favorite is their spaghetti with their tomato sauce on it. Makes my mouth water just typing about this.3/22 Dixie Showing Fur Puppy FacesThey are best viewed in a thumbnail sized version--right near the junction line of the black fur with the white spotted fur. She just had a bath yesterday (one of her most hated activities).3/21 A Working Quilting StudioWith a 14 foot table on the long arm machine.3/20 Water Drops EverywhereDrizzly wet day today, so all the trees have water drops hanging from the branches. This spruce tree has multiple ones on each needle tip. Used a 10+ close-up screw on filter type lens.3/19 Red SnappersThese are plastic rods with a 'U' shape that grips fabric to hold on the long arm machine. Saves having to pin the quilts to the leader canvas.3/18 Repeating Patterns in Bifold Doors & Stacked TablesLiked the way the two different lines meet, forming sort of a contrast of parallel lines.3/17 Huge Beautiful White Clouds This AfternoonAnd it was a tiny bit warmer also.3/16 Graupel Dusting This MorningLate winter is the time we usually get this kind of snow--when there's warmer air overriding the cold air at the surface.3/15 Old Well Worn CookbookIt's had a lot of use over the years.3/14 Pipe Fittings Junk BoxNever know when you'll need something you've saves for 20 years or more. Some are old, some new--just left over from a project or job.3/13 Snow Finally All Gone in WoodsWeather suddenly warming up, and had a warm rain most of the day, making the lichens plump and bright green on most of them.3/12 Ice Crystals on LeafGetting to be sugerin weather--clear cool nights and warm sunny days. Not many maples around here, but it will be starting soon up North.3/11 Antique Hand Made Wooden HammerMade by my Grandfather. It's probably around a 100 years old. The head looks like black walnut and weighs 2.5 lbs. His initials (Otto Dovenmuehle) are punch embossed on the head which you can see in this picture. Don't want to get a finger in it's way.3/10 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church CrossAt a concert of the Kalamazoo Singers this afternoon at Prince of Peace.3/9 Wall Lighting in Miller Auditorium - Nice Repeating PatternHad tickets for the KSO tonight. Nice lighting in the auditorium during programs.3/8 Old ColandarWorking on photographing antiques. This is an old aluminum colander with lots of lumps and bumps. This image was made using a single small LED flashlight. The reddish glow is from a string of Mini Christmas Lights above on the ceiling.3/7 Melting Ice EdgeWeather finally starting to moderate a bit. Saw the big overall face profile while walking late this afternoon, but then after I checked it on the computer saw about 5 more, so it got the nod for today's picture.3/6 Throw with Repeating Pattern FaceThis is the throw we keep on the couch and open occasionally for Dixie. She knows if it's open she can lay on the couch. If it's not there she stays off. We had some sunshine this afternoon and it was glancing across the wrinkle on this throw creating an interesting pattern.3/5 Squirrel PrintsLots of squirrels around, and looks like most have survived the winter this year in spite of it being so cold and quite snowy.3/4 Different Kind PaintsThese are the paints that Barb works with frequently.3/3 Tip Of The IcebergSlides and negatives waiting to be sorted and some digitized and some tossed. I wonder if I'll ever get them all done.3/2 Repeating Pattern of Soap Bars CuringWe buy large logs of hand made Goat Milk Soap and cut them to size and allow them to cure for a month or more. The reflection of the yellow color of the tray makes the bars look sort of off color--they are a pretty red color.3/1 Assortment of Pop RivetsWeather like March, so indoors photographs, probably most of next week also. 2/28 Repeating PatternsAm going to look for repeating patterns for a few days, since the weather will be SOOOOOoooo uncooperative.2/27 Before And After Weaving InPart of a sleeve for a heavy wool sweater, showing the inside with multiple lengths of yarn, waiting to be woven in and secured at the bottom of the image. At the top is how it looks when all is tucked in.2/26 Deer Damage To Small Cedar TreeIt's totally destroyed, but probably wasn't real healthy to start with.2/25 Terrible Wind Storm Yesterday: Damage-Blown Against FenceWith heavy snow for a short while and wind gusts up to 60 mph, it blew everything against this fence in the cemetery.2/24 Exercise in 10 Shots of One Object--A Paper CupTrying to increase creativity.2/23 Big Oak Reflected in Wet PavementJust the right amount of breakup of the surface of the water.2/22 Opening Set of "Doubt, A Parable" at Farmers AlleyWe had great seats--just inches away from the stage. Super well done production with all professional actors.2/21 More BegoniasIn spite of our worse weather this year we seem to be getting more sunshine, and our begonia has responded with several bunches of new blooms. Great to see on a gloomy day when it's snowing outside.2/20 My Nearly Abandoned Painting ToteHaven't painted in a month or more. Need to get back in business.2/19 Ice BritchesThese would do more than "Cool your Heels."2/18 Another Pipe Organ in KalamazooAttended a High School choral concert here--2nd Reformed Church. They didn't use the organ though.2/17 Very Very Fine SnowIt was impressive how fine the snow was that was falling when I was out with Dixie for afternoon walk. It was about the diameter of fine sand. Difficult to show, except compare it to the sand grains in this asphalt.2/16 Special PinholderIt has a magnetic base in it, so it can be attached anywhere on the long arm machine. It's filled with corsage pins.2/15 Ah-Green Forest--Where Is It?Was so nice to see green trees and shrubs. It wasn't in a botanical garden either. Anybody know where.2/14 Sunset in City Of WiresToo pretty to miss as we were traveling, but one street has wires crossing and paralleling the street all along. Lucky I took it then as it didn't last long.2/13 After Big SnowThen followed 5-6" of snow which coated everything made everything pretty in a different way. This was taken in the same area that yesterday's was--just a real camera instead of a cell phone.2/12 Freezing Rain AftermathHad about a quarter inch of ice on everything. Made for very slippery walking. But it sure was a fairy land tonight.2/11 Distant Space Object ThuleJust didn't have a good shot today, so tried putting some Sumi ink on water. It half floats and some sinks to the bottom. This shot shows both.2/10 Corduroy Close UpWas looking at my camera and noticed this on the screen--like the texture of my pants.2/9 Teaching Them YoungNoticed this half full drink glass on a child's booster chair near our table at a restaurant tonight.2/8 Old Twin Lens CameraWas dusting off this display camera -- a 120 roll film that still works. It filles a void in my shots for today.2/7 Wet Screen Wet WindowsSudden warm humid air--everything was steamed up.2/6 Acrylic InksAll sorts of inks. One isn't technically an ink--it's a retarder.2/5 Three FacesThis was a tissue I had been holding and the sneeze was going away, so I put it down. Looking at it a few minutes later I saw one pretty good sized face mask. Then in the computer saw two others. I have marked those with a small number below each face. If you still don't see them e-mail me and I'll show you the outlines.2/4 Foggy In WoodsWarm breezes over cold snow yields fog. Almost looks like I have moved the camera vertically, but no, it was very still. Temperature has increased almost 50 deg. in the past 5 days.2/3 Darkside of Our Beautiful SnowAll our beautiful snow turns a grayish brown anywhere within about 35-40 feet from a road, sidewalk or other shoveled place when it starts melting.Site of Old Wounds on Pine TreeIn about 5 or 6 years they have almost completely closed up, but the earlier dripping of the pine juice still shows up.2/1 Sunset Thru Front Door GlassInteresting how the screen door pattern shows up. Beautiful sunset tonight. 1/31 Frost Inside Dish CoverThis was stored in the refrigerator in the garage--it's been off for a month or so.1/30 Ten Below MorningOne of our cold mornings, after some snow the day before.1/29 Knitting StuffAnother very cold snowy day. School canceled again.1/28 Last Ornaments Putting AwayDownstairs in my studio. Good project for today--with heavy snow all day, and falling temps.1/27 Last Of The Sun for a WhileNice sunset, but bad weather is coming.1/26 KSO Logo on the Stage at Miller AuditoriumWent to KSO (Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra) A marvelous concert of Tchaikovsy (Violin Concerto in D Major and the 5th Symphony) The violinist was a 16 year old who won the Gold Medal in The Violin Competition at the Stuhlberg Festival. She blew everyone out of their seats at the end of the 1st movement.1/25 Fake FlowersIn my studio. Always bright and cheery--even on a miserably cold dreary day outside.1/24 Broken Pavement in Parking Lot.Made for a lot of different colors and textures.1/23 Frosty SquashOld 'no-good' squash has been outside on our porch table all fall and winter so far. This morning it warmed up and was very moist, so the frost formed on the super cold squash. (Was down near zero before it started warming up last night.)1/22 Freezing RainModerate freezing rain while out for Dixie's walk this afternoon. All on top of a new snow cover.1/21 My Favorite Restaurant CeilingEverything exposed, but very dark. Makes for interesting image. A group of rom from church get together once a month.1/20 Sunset Lit IciclesLast rays of sun hitting some icicles on the house roof edge.1/19 Begonia To Brighten a Cold Snowy DayBlossoms are starting to get paler than usual--not enough sunshine. They'll pick back up in the Springtime.1/18 Deutsche BurgerBeautiful hand carved village pieces at friends house.1/17 Soundboard I/OMultiple plugs for mics and speakers.1/16 West Lake Bog - Wintertime.Nice afternoon, so took a short walk here.1/15 Parially Melted Ice From Salt and then RefrozeInteresting crystal formation.1/14 Conch ShellLit with a small flashlight (LED) shining inside the shell1/13 Frosty Cold SunriseCrazy weather we're having this year. Often times we don't see the sun all through December and January.1/12 Footprints In New SnowOut with Dixie for her late afternoon walk.1/11 Red SunriseFirst one we've had in a long time. Really intense for just a few seconds. Had my phone handy.1/10 Paper Decoration ManipulatedThis is a paper decoration, made by radial accordion folding paper that had some black circles marked on it. I manipulated the photo multiple times, getting some bright colors in in.1/9 Large Fused Glass PlateInteresting piece of glass--looks greenish with transmitted light, and here with reflected light the colors of the individual pieces show different iridescent colors.1/8 Quilt In Sunshine on Back of CouchCaught a few seconds of sunshine hitting this quilt and noticed the sparkles off the gold thread used to quilt it. Unfortunately it only shows a hint of that.1/7 Dental Visit This AfternoonAlways try and get a shot in the room waiting for him.1/6 Clock WeightsThese are from the grandfather clock I made almost 50 years ago, and it's been cleaned and serviced only once before, and has stopped running correctly, so will have it cleaned, and possibly rebushed.1/5 Portage CreekWow, three days in a row with full sunshine and mild temps. This is in the Portage Creek Bicentennial Pathway park.1/4 Golden Hour ShadowsAnother beautiful day, and feeling better also.1/3 Golden SunsetBeautiful day today, especially after yesterday. Went for a short walk this afternoon.1/2 Silhouette Type DayFeeling a little better and got outside for a bit this afternoon. A very gloomy, dark day, all day.1/1 Frozen Butterfly Bush - Just the Way I Feel TodayHave had a bad cold/flu since day after Christmas, and today seems the low point. I feel the way this plant looks. 12/31 Cherry JelloSpoon sitting on the surface gave and interesting surface texture.12/30 Green Glass & Red AngelsBrilliant shun shining on these made an eye catching scene.12/29 ReflectionsWas attracted to the light reflections on this Ball, sitting across the room from it.12/28 View Above BedSpent most of the day in bed.12/27 Fairy Lights on Padded Cloth DisplayThese tiny lights are powered by three small batteries inside. At this point I was getting sick--combination of GI flu and a cold12/26 Clouding Up After a Sunny DayClouds beat further sunset color12/25 Merry Christmas - Christmas Quilt & TreeAt Mary's house.12/24 Candlelight ServiceOur traditional lessons and carols and candlelight service Christmas Eve.12/23 Merry Christmas From the ElvesIn a display in a south facing window.12/22 Fresh ChardOur order from the Farmer's Market this morning. Sure looks good.12/21 Window At Olive GardenTaken between the window and a mesh screen, that you can see through to the interior ceiling and also some reflection of the window on the mesh.12/20 My Painting in Client's HomeThis is an old watercolor I did probably about 10 years ago, but it still looks bright and fresh. The lighting in this area wasn't good for photography though because of the lamp on the piano to the right. But had several good comments from others that were there.12/19 Fourth Day of Clear Blue SkyBeautiful golden light late this afternoon for Dixie and my walk. The Jet Stream has been kind to us these last four days. Both coasts and in the South have had heavy storms, while we've had our sunny weather.12/18 Long Shadows AgainAnother beautiful sunny day today and golden light this late afternoon.12/17 Creche DisplayFrom various members--on display for soup supper tonight.12/16 Grace Harbor Church CeilingI've taken several pictures of this, but not pleased with any until now. We sat in a different place today for the Kalamazoo Ringers concert, so had a better perspective, and the sun cooperated too. Foggy this morning, but cleared around 1100.12/15 Gorgeous Sunset and SOOCNo manipulation except reduced the size and cropped a bit. Looks like our cloudy period is ending.12/14 Bark Patterns - MoistureInteresting colors and patterns which really stand out after a day of rain and fog.12/13 New Pool-1st Home MeetNew Pool at our high school and this was the first home meet since it opened. A beautiful facility with a scoreboard that really works.12/12 Test ShotWas testing my camera to see if the flash was firing (it wasn't), but liked the composition of this with the lights and darks.12/11 Colored GlasswareOur friends have a case filled with beautiful colored glassware--I enjoy taking pictures of it every time we are there.12/10 Beaten Pinata Las PsodusThe kids were having fund batting this Pinata--and finally got the candy out. Amazing how sturdy it was.12/9 Lights in Nave at 1st PresKalamazoo Singers concert tonight. A couple members of our church choir are in it. It was a "Baroque Christmas."12/8 Beautiful SunsetAnother great sunset, and no snow around.12/7 House In Christmas Village12/6 Christmas Tree UpPut our tree up early this year--early entertaining.12/5 Under A Pine TreeInteresting pattern of leaves, needles and snow. Minimal snow here, and a complete coating in the open.12/4 Beautiful Late Afternoon Winter SunA rarity this time of the year and so nice when it happens.12/3 Replenished ToolsGetting low on several colors of watercolor. New order today.12/2 Organ Pedals12/1 Piano TuningTuning a church piano. 11/30 Guess What Kind of RestaurantWent out for pizza tonight. This is the wall decoration just above our booth.11/29 Most of Trees Still CoatedThis big maple tree didn't get coated on the vertical trunk as much as most which still are well coated with snow and ice.11/28 Chipping Up a Big LogThe tree removal company came and took down a neighbor's dead oak. Here they were chipping up an amazingly big log. Still a lot of snow on the trees.11/27 Snow On Crabapple TreeCold set in and none of the snow from the trees has fallen or melted off. Everything sure is beautiful with the snow.11/26 Early Snowfall Sticking on EverythingOur sunshine didn't last long last night. Clouded over shortly after sunset, and then the precipitation started. I think it started out as freezing rain around midnight, and then a gentle snowfall. All the trees and bushes are bent over almost to the ground.11/25 Glorious SunWas cloudy most of the day, but towards sunset the clouds cleared and gave a golden glow to everything.11/24 Dixie on Corner Bed in My StudyShe loves to rumple up all the old blankets/quilts and then lays with her head hanging down, or up on an old pillow back there.20181123G165022-HorseNettleSeeds-w11/22 Mary's Christmas CactusWe got a couple segment piece last year, and it now has about 4 segments and seems to be finally growing. Love this color.11/21 Milkweed Seed Pods Finally Splitting-Our milkweed seed pods are finally splitting. They looked pretty green when others were already grayish and disgorging their seeds.11/20 Portage Creek at PCBP ParkWater flowing pretty fast. No ducks around though.11/19 Small Flower ArrangmentWas trying different lighting for different shots. This one, lit with a single LED flashlight which was low and to the back turned out nicely.11/18 Makings For Kale PestoNew flavor of pesto--very good. Here are the main two ingredients in the food processor awaiting some cheese and olive oil.11/17 Birthday RosePart of the beautiful bouquet Barb got for her birthday.11/16 Snowcapped PumpkinOutdoor decoration that didn't get brought inside.11/15 Ceiling Light in Monelli's RestaurantNew restaurant about 2 years ago and we had never been. So, to celebrated Barb's birthday went there tonight. It's an Italian Sports Bar and Grill, and the food was very good. We were there early, so it wasn't crowded, and had excellent service. This light overhead was interesting--it had a copper appearing shade on it. That blue light object on the lower left was a huge TV well over our heads.11/14 Birefringent CelophaneThis is wrapping cellophane and was a bright yellow color, but showed marked birefringence and I was able to capture it quite a bit with the camera. Then enhanced it in PP.11/13 Oak HoldoutWent for a walk in Schrier Park and liked this tree, holding a bit of color. The wind was pretty strong, so I didn't stay long.11/12 Dry Leaf on Painted BackgroundRained/snowed all day. This is a leaf I brought in a week ago from one of our maple trees out back and it was nice and dry. Looked interesting on his w/c painting background which I blurred a bit in PP.11/11 Hang In There Little LeafIn spite of all the wind and cold and snow we've had this little leaf is strongly attached to this burning bush branch, that is otherwise bare. Lots of new buds for next year already formed.11/10 More SnowThis is some real snow. Got about four inches last night, and early this morning.11/9 New Look Of Our LandscapeWoke up to our first snow of the season. Quite early this year. Temps have been colder earlier also.11/8 Fall DecorationNot just Halloween!11/7 Cart WheelMy small hand card wheel needed lubrication, so documented it.11/6 Color Gone In 24hrThis is the same tree as yesterday and about the same time. Today we had quite high gusts of wind and cloudy and rain this afternoon. The woods are getting bare, and prepared for the winter blast that's supposed to come later this week.11/5 Maples In Full Bloom This Afternoon.And just seemed to glow in the sunshine.11/4 Today's Fallen LeavesRaining out all day, so brought them indoors to photograph. Really colorful right now.11/3 Table DecorationsAt A Friend's House11/2 Blister Beetle (I think)Have seen several this year--wandering around on the paved walkway.11/1 Striped GourdsA little Still Life setup. 10/31 Seedhead of Black Eyed SusanThe birds have been making good use of the seeds.10/30 Berries on Burning BushThey are so small and hidden in all the red glory of the leaves that you don't notice them at first.10/29 Red Bud Seed PodsThis beautiful redbud tree was loaded with flowers this spring, had has had these big seed pods all summer. I can't ever remember seeing seed pods like this on it before.10/28 Old Northern White Cedar TrunkI think this tree is probably around a hundred years old--maybe longer. The trunk is twisted in multiple directions. It looked particularly striking in this persistent rain we've had today. Ran out of battery after just this one picture.10/27 More Down LeavesAnd mostly just brown in color.10/26 Burning BushOur neighbor across the side street has a couple of these bushes out front that are quite large, and are now at full color.10/25 Viburnum ArrowoodI think that's the species name. If anybody knows for sure please let me know. I was amazed when I found these still blooming and very healthy looking in spite of several frosts and a couple of freezes (28° temps in the morning).10/24 Tree In Rotten Base of Another TreeThis old oak tree had a big side branch that was sawed off many years ago, and the base of the tree on that side has rotted from the inside. The ants have been in it also. This summer I noticed this little tree growing in the find granular old wood, and not it has turned colors.10/23 Prolific SpruceWow! there's a lot of cones on this old spruce tree. Would love to collect some, but they're all very high up.10/22 Horse Nettle FruitI think this is the same plant that I photographed on August 28th and the berries were smaller and all green. Had a freeze a couple nites ago and now the plant is all shriveled up, but the berries still look viable.10/21 Flowering KaleHad a freeze the other night, so this is the only bit of color in most gardens.10/20 Radishes & ChardWent to Farmer's Market today. These radishes sure looked good.10/19 Ornamental CrabapplesMy eye was caught by the large water drops hanging on each fruit. The birds are going crazy over them now, as they've ripened. Just looking at the tree and not touching it--four birds flew out. The top of the tree is all bare of fruit, and there are some partly eaten ones in this view on the middle left.10/18 Pampas GrassThis patch just seemed to be glowing in the afternoon sun.10/17 Michigan State Capitol Building in LansingAn opening reception for Michigan wide university students art work at the Michigan Senate Building. Madeline's piece is hanging on the 5th Floor of the House Building. It was a cold, nasty, windy day which didn't allow any time for photography outdoors. Grabbed this as we were walking back to the car.10/16 Branches on Big OakTook this because of the arrangement and large number of big branches that easily showed with the afternoon sun behind them.10/15 Quilt Show at WMCCThis was a special challenge put on by the Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters for hanging in the West Michigan Cancer Center. And how much better the halls and areas looked that had quilts hanging in them. This quilt brightens up this corner beautifully and appreciated by many who viewed it.10/14 Winters HeatMatt's been working hard on wood for this winter and next.10/13 BearCreek in Fulton State Game AreaIt was flowing quite fast--after lots of rain we had yesterday. A lot of the trees are bare, and some haven't even started to turn color yet.10/12 Beat Up Chicory - Hurricane EffectRaining all day today, and saw this beat up chicory flower tonight. Had Dixie for her walk and it was cold and windy, so didn't get a good shot. And, since it was the only shutter click today, I had to use it. So, goofed it up a bit by swirling it.10/11 Old BouquetThe zinnias just seem to last forever, but the marigolds don't last, but still keep their color. I Was experimenting with my D90 and remote control and captured this.10/10 Pouring Rain - Leaves Coming DownThis is the parking lot when I went to leave today.10/9 Pocket Of ColorAlways seems so slow, but guess that's good--color season lasts longer.10/8 Early Subtle Color ChangeIt's happening, but most of the trees are still waiting for colder weather. It was 82 deg. today.10/7 Frosty Glass At FletchersA restaurant and pub in Texas Corners. They have delicious pizza, and it was on special today. $2.99 for a "Personal" size which is a very generous size. The water glass was getting pretty wet on the outside when I finally got to drinking some.10/6 After The RainBig rain yesterday and last night. This little tree seemed to change some of it's leaves overnight.10/5 Steamed Up WindowCold outside this morning and the house is still summer humid.10/4 Milkweed SeedsThey're getting ready to fly free to a new spot. This patch is very early in maturing this year. Ours are still green.10/3 Purple MumsI've been watching these buds enlarging for the past three or so weeks. Finally now they're open. Beautiful dark purple color.10/2 Texture Tools For Watercolor PaintingGetting demos for Abstract/Experimental watercolor at Art Club tomorrow.10/1 Part of our Butterfly Flower BedZinnias and marigolds still going strong. 9/30 Ominous Looking SkiesBut it all stayed North of us. Didn't even get a sprinkle from it.9/29 Time For A Fire in the StoveWeather has been unusually cool the last few days and the house is cooling down. May have to turn the furnace on if it doesn't warm up a little very soon.9/28 Macro Large Tree LeafThis is a Northern Catalpa that has a few leaves starting to loose their chlorophyll.9/27 Field of MilkweedsAnd now the seeds are ripening. Took this as a start for a painting.9/26 Glass Panel Door Webers HFH58 ReunionLove how these distorted and sort of blurred everything beyond them. Nice texture also.9/25 Atrium Ceiling BMHDid some jiggling to the image in post. Otherwise sort of plain, but I liked the architectural look.9/24 Red Bell Pepper Portage Senior Center GardenThis big plant was growing in a large pot. Have been watching this wondering when and if it would reach maturity. It looks delicious.9/23 Wild SunflowerFound this beauty in a patch under utility wires that had been stirred up and mulched up under the wires this Spring.9/22 Zinnia Mixed Up CodecThis is a still clip of a 4K video I took of the zinnia garden area this afternoon. A few of the frames looked like the codec was mixed up--i think it was because it was a 4K video and the player I was using was not set up for that level. Anyway, I used this clip and further destroyed the precised detail with some posterization.9/21 Black Eyed Susan Close UpLook at that huge seed center.9/20 Shaggy CapsThese were growing very near a busy road. Just saw them this day, and they were gone the next day.9/19 Utility Pole Looking UpThis one has developed a crook in it's neck.9/18 The VoyagersLooks like the found their Portage. 🙂 These are two large wooden carvings that with their large canoe grace the lawn area of the city hall in Portage.9/17 Large Monarch Larva in Garden at Portage Senior CenterThis guy was sort of sluggish, and maybe was looking for a place to hang as he made a chrysalis.9/16 B&W AbstractWas in a mood for abstraction this afternoon. This is a white tire cover from our RV in the garage.9/15 Scarlet SageHaven't seen anything sipping on these--and we still have hummers around.9/14 Silver-Spotted SkipperVery flighty at first, but after he got used to my camera just gave it an eye and kept on sipping nectar.9/13 Snapdragons in Church GardenColor is hard for the camera to capture. PP helps some.9/12 Worm-Eye-View ZinniaShows a great translucently to the petals.9/11 Spotted JewelweedThese are a late growing and blooming flower. Also called Touch-Me-Not because the seed pods when mature and are touched, snaps open and scatters the seeds widely.9/10 Butterfly Milkweed SeedsThese are the seeds from the beautiful orange flowered milkweeds.9/9 Nine SquareA fun game for all ages and simple rules--keep the ball up and going. If you miss you're out and go to the end of the waiting line.9/8 Air Feels This WayVery cool all day today and no sun. Starting the transition to colder weather. The trees are feeling in already. Certainly not stressed this year for lack of water.9/7 Vertical Parallel Lines-Forrest TreesTrees growing strong to reach light often grow very straight.9/6 Interesting Bark PatternsBig growth on a lot of trees this year.9/5 Milkweed Tussock Moth LarvaThe larval stages are much more colorful than the adults.9/4 Dutch Windmill-Krider Gardens in Middlebury, INWent on a Quilt Garden Tour today. Beautiful gardens here with lots more than just the quilt block garden. This old Dutch Windmill was exhibited in the Worlds Fair in Chicago, 1933-34.9/3 Flooded Street-Bad Storm this AfternoonUsually just the end of the side street floods, but this time everything was flooded out. Some drivers hit it going 40 miles an hour at least, and get lost in the spray.9.2 Caladiums in Church GardenBeautiful, colorful leaves.9/1 Goldenrod SupperThese flowers provide a good source of late summer food for many insects and butterflies and moths. 8/31 Large Patch of Goldenrod with a Monarch Feeding8/30 Ornamental CrabapplesThis tree is just loaded this year, Will be interesting how much the birds eat. They are very tiny.8/29 Latitude 42 Brewing Co.First time we've eaten here. Were celebrating Madeline's birthday. I had pizza and it was delicious, except quite salty. This is the brewing part of the building.8/28 Horse Nettle BerriesLook like tiny tomatoes--and they should--they're related to tomatoes and potatoes.8/27 Cabbage White ButterflyVery prolific--we have lots of food for the larvae.8/26 Wierd Clouds At SunsetNice sunset.8/25 nteresting Colored ZinniaAll sorts of colors in that butterfly mixture.8/24 Big Oak Showing AgeMy favorite oak tree (because it's not in our yard) is starting to show it's age.8/23 Prolific Cedar BerriesWas a good year for the Eastern White Cedar trees this year.8/22 Guess What This IsWhere I found it will give it away, so I won't tell just yet. 🙂8/21 First Flower from the BegoniaThis is the same plant we had last year and over wintered in the house. This Spring when we put it out it was pretty bedraggled, and has been growing new leaves and stems all summer, and now is ready to bloom again.8/20 Unknown Whte FLowerSort of looks like Rose of Sharon or Hollyhocks. But, alas neither. They are small low to the ground plants which came up from seed in the butterfly mixture I planted this Spring.8/19 Floral Display in Church This AMby Sharon Yantis.8/18 Boat Ride on Crooked LakeTwas a beautiful evening. Notice the decorations on the opposite shore, which I have lightened to make more noticeable.8/17 More GladsLove the bicolor ones.8/16 Pink GladiolusI never lift our glads but they keep coming back every year. I think we have relatively mild winters here, and we get a pretty heavy snow pack also.8/15 Elderberries RipeningNot too many of the blossoms bore fruit, but I'm looking forward to next year's flowers.8/14 Wild MillettThere are all sorts of different weeds/flowers growing in the area chopped up this spring as they were clearing trees under the power lines.8/13 Swallowtail At Portage Senior Center Butterfly GardenI'm not sure, but I think it's a Black Swallowtail. Let me know if you have a different opinion.8/12 Patterned ButerflyThis may be a moth since the body is so hairy. It's on our Butterfly Bush, which has attracted lots of visitors this year.8/11 Tiny MushroomsThey're back again this year. Seems hardly possible that yesterday we were in the forest greenery of Western Washington state and today back home in Michigan where it seems, the rain is trying to keep up with the Olympic Rain Forest amounts.8/10 Leaving SEAUnfortunately we had to leave. We had a wonderful visit with Tim and Anita, as well as Margaret & Larry in Colorado. A trip we will long remember.8/9 Westport Marina Grays HarborJust in the harbor from the Pacific Ocean.8/8 Huge Cedars & Spruces at James Stewart PreserveThis area is just a short distance from downtown Aberdeen.8/7 Monorail-Going Through Back of Museum Pop ArtThere are two tracks in the system. It's a speedy ride over a mile in length that goes from Seattle Center to the Westlake Center, at Downtown end.8/6 World Largest Spruce TreeIt is over 175 feet tall, and is estimated to be about 1000 years old. (There are some other pictures of it on my Smug Mug Site: merleplagge.smugmug.com /Western-Trip-2018/)8/5 Skylite Grays Harbor College -Science BuildingThis is the main day lighting in the atrium of the science building. Love the patterns of the shadows on the floor beneath.8/4 Mount St. Helen West ViewFrom the highway, as we were going around from the southern Visitor Center to the north one.8/3 Green Surrounded By DesertLittle green patches signal irrigation. Water probably from the Columbia River.8/2 Dead Trees in Craters of the MoonIt was cloudy overcast the afternoon we visited there and a little underexposure created this interesting scene in an area with lots of dead trees.8/1 The TetonsThe one called Grand Teton is the sharp pointed one on the left. The middle one is Mount Owen and the one on the right is Mount Moran. (I think.??) 7/31 Gannett Bar & GrillLeft Ft. Collins in the morning, and had lunch here in Lander, WY.7/30 Horsetooth Reservoir at LorryThis is the very back end of the reservoir which is the water supply for Ft. Collins.7/29 Larry's DayliliesAlways has some day lilies blooming.7/28 Painted Electrical Service BoxesThey're all over Ft. Collins like this. All very nice and much better than a drab plain green box.7/27 Lillies To Greet Us At MasonsAs usual their garden was full of different flowers, including these lilies near the driveway as we came in.7/26 Monarch ChrysalisPatch of milkweeds this year has been productive of several butterflies.7/25 Small Black BugProbably an instar stage on some long horn beetle. But quite interesting.7/24 Common VetchFound this growing in a field near home.7/23 Dragonfly On Purple Cone FlowerHe was there quite a long time. Thought he was dead at first.7/22 Glistening LeavesLooks like snow on the leaves. They are very water repellent so after a heavy rain they is how they look--glistening in the light.7/21 Beaten Bouncing BetBeaten down by very heavy rains several times today.7/20 Zinnia Further Growth of the BlossomI think this is the same flower that I took a couple days ago showing the unfolding of more petals.7/19 Red-Spotted Purple ButterflyThis gal landed right near me and I had by D10 and was using it, so all set. This shows the red spots on the under wing.7/18 ZinniaAnother color of zinnia opeining.7/17 California PoppyWe have multiple colors of these beautiful flowers this year. Came as part of a butterfly collection.7/16 LantanaPretty multicolored flowers. Perennials in 8 and 9 zones. Not here, we're only 5.7/15 Horse NettleA close relative of the garden tomato and potato plants.7/14 Balloon FlowerThey sure like their shady spot. Each year it has more and bigger flowers. The buds, just before they open look like balloons.7/13 Red Sumac SeedsFound on a vacant lot down the street from us. They say these seed stalks make a good tea.7/12 ZinniaPlanted a big patch of mixed butterfly friendly flowers this Spring. The zinnias are just starting to bloom.7/12 Red-spotted PurpleJust had to put this extra one in today, although not the quality I like. This beautiful iridescent blue butterfly landed near me as I was taking pictures in the patch of butterfly flowers I planted this Spring. I quickly focused and got this image, although quite small because I only had a normal lens on., and I was about 6 feet away from it. The next shot I tried a little closer didn't work--she too off. I think it's a Swallowtail, a Red-Spotted Purple. Look on the underside of the wing that shows and you can see the orangish-red spots. Gee, I've seen many more butterflies this summer than last year.7/11 Queen Anne And VisitorsThe Queen Anne's Lace are popping up all over now, some with huge umbels of bloom and all populated with some sort of insects.7/10 Blueberries-YummyWe've been surprised that the birds haven't gotten them all. Had a small dish worth tonight.7/9 Miniature DahliaThis is at the Portage Senior Center7/8 Coleus in Church GardenUnusual color. Looked mossy, but weren't.7/7 Common Cinquefoil In Our LawnThese have a weird looking seed--it looks like a funny strawberry.7/6 Coming In For a LandingSome fly or wasp landed on this Queen Annes. Didn't know about it till I saw the image on the computer.7/5 Honeysuckle BerriesAnother favorite of the birds around here.7/4 FireworksAt Birches party. This is a combination of 3 images of different displays.7/3 Old MushroomLooking pretty beaten up, but even more interesting.7/2 ColeusThese are at the Portage Senior Center garden. Love the colors in this one.7/1 Red Cap MushroomWe're living in a rain forest of late, so lots of mushrooms of many different varieties 6/30 Slime Fungus On StumpThis old stump has never had any fungus grow on it before. It's an old Elm tree stump.6/29 Asiatic LilyBeautiful lilies, and we got two blossoms this year. The deer got the rest.6/28 Milkweed Beetles Making AppearanceFortunately not on any of our plants. They really are quite colorful, but always look like they're covered with a mold.6/27 Mushroom with Pores & TubesInteresting underside of the cap. Can't recall having seen this before.6/26 Decoration in GarageHung this up for my workshop.6/25 Monarch On Our MilkweedI was so excited to see this butterfly, but she didn't seem to stay around long enough to lay some eggs.6/24 Question Mark ButterflyFound this guy in the driveway--guess he was sipping on dew.6/23 Deer Desert - DaylilyWe're lucky to get three or four stems of flowers after the deer get through munching on them--long before the blossoms open.6/22 Elderberry FlowersHope some get ripe and can be harvested6/21 White CloverReally are beautiful flowers, but the bane of some homeowners who want perfect manicured lawns.6/20 DianthusCan you tell we're living in a rain forest.6/19 Mullberries RipeningIn some places they're forming a thick squishy mat that Dixie doesn't like walking on.6/18 DaylilyBlooming all over now6/17 White Sulfur SkipperDixie stirred up walking in the grass.6/16 Red SunflowerGot as a bonus from vendor at Kalamazoo Farmer's Market6/15 Blueberries Coming AlongWonder if we'll get any this year. The bushes are just loaded.6/14 "Double Play" Pink SpireaThe Bumble bees just love this. Lots of blossoms now. It's an easy grower and the deer don't seem to like it.6/13 Gilled MushroomI think this is an Agricus species, but I'm not sure. It was growing in an open lawn area under oak trees, in an area that had a pretty good layer of acorns and mostly hop clover around it. Mushrooms are sprouting up all over now as we've had so much rain lately.6/12 Purple and White ColumbineBlooming strong again this year.6/11 Monarch Larva On Our MilkweedWe were so excited to find this on our milkweed growing near our garage door this morning. When I went out this afternoon I could not find it, nor any more droppings from it. So sad.6/10 Lichen In The RainHad lots of rain in the past 36 hours. This yellow lichen on the trees just glows against the black of the bark. When it's dry the color changes to a dull gray/green color.6/9 Ominous Dark Clouds ComingLots of rain tonight. Just made it back from our walk in the nick of time.6/8 Red Fungus On Old StumpIs this a fungus or something else? Sure looks like a fungus, but what?6/7 Hop CloverApparently called that because of the dried flowers look like hops--can't prove it by me. The flowers are only about 3-4 mm in diameter. Tried macro focus but my little D10 wouldn't focus on the flower up close. I'll try it with a DSLR soon.6/6 Nasturtium Finally BloomingThese flowers are always so prolific and have beautiful colors.6/5 ColumbineA couple years ago a purple columbine suddenly showed up, not planted or seeded by us. This year we've got a couple large white ones. I wonder where they are coming from. The location is up close to the house amongst hostas and Lilys-of-Valley.6/4 Sky Show TonightOn way back from Battle Creek tonight.6/3 Daddy Long-Legs Hiding on Milkweed PlantWas checking on progress of the milkweed blossoms and saw this guy "hiding" down in the small leaves.6/2 French IrisesThis is another new group of plants in their second year. Beautiful smaller blossoms.6/1 New Double Blue IrisBarb just planted these last summer. Beautiful flowers this year. 5/31 Sunrise Just Hitting Tree TopThis is a beautiful Yellow Locust tree and in afternoon glow it's a bright yellow.5/30 Hawkweed SeedingThese keep our lawn green. 🙂5/29 Rhododendron in Full Bloom5/28 Orchardgrass In BloomGrowing in a ill kept lawn in the shade,but had a shaft of sunlight hit it as I was trying to photograph it.5/27 White AvensWildflower in woods around here.5/26 Candle Holder at Jacs PizzaWent after "All Ears Theatre" (Old Time Radio production.) Had lasagna--very good.5/25 Autumn OliveQuite an invasive species--related to Cardinal Olive and Russian Olive. Birds love the seeds and spread them widely, from which they easily sprout and grow rapidly. But, they have such wonderful sweet smell when they are blooming, and they provide food for the birds that we let them grow.5/24 Rhododendron Just OpeningBeautiful purple color will cover the entire bush in a few days.5/23 Blue IrisOur blues are just starting to open. Nice sunlight this evening.5/22 New Pavement - Hot Smelly JobFinally stopped raining, so they paved the side road this morning. They heat from the asphalt is quite marked when standing next to it.5/21 Garlic MustardThis is a highly invasive plant in Michigan and threatens native wildflowers in many areas. It's a little difficult to eradicate because when pulled the roots break off easily, and soon they sprout another plant from the remaining roots. They cannot be composted because the seeds are difficult to kill with the heat of the composting process.5/20 White HoneysuckleThey have been blooming for more than a week and I finally got a good picture--with my cell phone!5/19 Blossom SnowLooks just like graupel, but it's considerably warmer out now.5/18 Overgrown--Fence FridayThese are forsythia bushes, that I have shown many times--across the street from us.5/17 Lots of Big TrucksStarted resurfacing the side road this afternoon. Had 7 of these monsters line up, waiting to get the ground up surface. Will be interesting when they put the new surface down.5/16 Japanese Maple TreeHas beautiful red leaves and looking from below various colors because of the sunlight.5/15 Yellow IrisFirst time blooming this year--much earlier than our other ones. Finally a plant that deer don't like.5/14 Ornamental Crab Apple BlossomsThis tree is in our back yard.5/13 Viburnum BloomsDon't remember this bush blooming before. Very, very strong sweet smell to the blossoms.5/12 New Leaves with Different ColorsShows the importance of painting trees with multiple colors of green.5/11 There's A Bird Somewhere Up ThereAt least I saw one several months ago and I'm still checking to make sure.5/10 Red Osier Dogwood Starting to Change ColorsNow that the leaves are coming out, the stems are darkening--especially the older and larger ones. This is the same bush as shown on March 30.5/9 Ornamental Trees Starting to BloomAll over they are going strong.5/8 New Oak LeavesSo beautiful and so delicate.5/7 Primrose in the Portage Senior Center GardenSeveral splashes of bright color around the gardens.5/6 Rose MagnoliaLove the color in this one.5/5 Mold on a Rotting AppleBeen in the refrigerator too long!5/4 Fence Friday with A Beautiful Magnolia Tree In Background5/3 Nest Building is Such A Messy JobRobin with a beak full of mud and grass roots and a very dirty "red breast." Had a heavy rain last night, so lots of mud easy to get.5/2 Rhododendron BudsThey're starting to swell, now that all of a sudden summer has arrived.5/1 Sweet VioletsSpots on our lawn are purple from heavy growth of these. We were up to 85° today. Went from February to July in a matter of a couple days. 4/30 Pachysandra BlossomNever knew these plants bloomed, but found these at the Senior Center today. They were being pollinated by the Mason Bees, which the Center is trying to raise this year.4/29 Hyacinths Blooming NowHave been blooming a few days now. Wonderful smelling flowers.4/28 Liberace's PianoWent to Farmer's Alley Theatre last night. Was a one-man show called "Liberace" He relived Liberace's life. This was the piano he used. Great performance and a masterful pianist.4/27 Daffodils Growing on our Side HillThis group has multiplied and done well in the last couple years, but others nearby are dying away instead of multiplying.4/26 Oakwood Bistro Wall and CeilingDining Out for Life today. Had dinner here tonight. I had a delicious pizza. Haven't had one in almost 6 months.4/25 Strong WeedGrowing right up through the black asphalt that was new late last fall. Will try and follow it's progress.4/24 Painted Black LeafThis oak leaf was stuck in the fence when it was painted--a thick heavy black plastic like paint. Will be interesting to see how long it stays there.4/23 Star Grass of Some VarietyI have searched everywhere for the name of this flower, which has the appearance of Star Grass. Anyone know what it is? Our spring season is about 2 weeks later this year that last. These flowers were blooming the first week of April last year.4/22 Fire Hydrant In Dog ParkVery bright and colorful old fire plug sitting out in the middle of Portage Dog Park.4/21 Fence & ForsythiaA day late for "Fence Friday" but yesterday the forsythia weren't blooming. Finally a spell of warmer weather.4/20 First DandelionFirst and only dandelion I've seen this year, so far.4/19 Vulture on House Across StreetDixie alerted us to this huge bird sitting on the roof of a house across the street. It soon flew away, after I got one shot.4/18 Old Bovista Species MushroomWe had several of these in hte lawn last fall, and I think that's what's left over. Apparently, still very much alive in spite of winter. It's cold, quite rigid and fleshy feeling.4/17 Dried LichensThis is the very same tree branch that I photographed on March 28 (see that pic in March folder). I've kept it out of the rain and snow since then, and it's dried out pretty much, but hasn't changed in the last few days. Now, I'm almost certain it's a lichen.4/16 Snow BudsSame bush as the last buds. They continue to grow in spite of the snow and cold at night--down to 18° at night. Notice the snowflakes on top of the buds.4/15 Frozen BeadworkHad some freezing rain very early this morning and still on everything when we were out walking. The sidewalks and roads weren't slippery though.4/14 Multi Colored Tree BarkThis Ash Tree has been leaking sap from around this cut branch for years, but now seems to have stopped. But, the discoloration of the bark remains where it hasn't peeled off. Also the other parts are really black from the heavy constant rains last night and today. The lichens are a beautiful green now too.4/13 Fence Friday:This short white fence serves as a nice backdrop for this Rhododendron which will have beautiful purple flowers in about a month.4/12 Star Rosette LichenA very common lichen in the North Woods.4/11 Green Buds Showing FinallyOur first warm day, and finally some green buds are showing on the underbrush bushes.4/10 Frozen PuddleInteresting pattern caught my eye immediately. Still having very cold weather and especially at night.4/9 April Snow SquallA few hours later it was all gone. but it still doesn't look like Spring!4/8 Heavy Frost CrystalsMuch heavier than yesterday. Some of these ice crystals are well over a half inch long and just sparkling in the morning sun.4/7 Frosty MorningLots of frost on everything this morning.4/6 Cruel April Fool JokeHey, it's supposed to be Springtime and not Winter. But is was pretty while it lasted. Did warm up today and melted everything.4/5 Oil On Water SolarizedStarted making bread and had just poured the oil in the pan. Colors interesting and nice composition, so had to stop and photograph it first. Needed some color boost, so reversed the tone curves--what we used to call Solarization.4/4 Levi On His Favorite Bed at Our HouseHis family was away this week on Sptring break.4/3 What Is ItThis would be extremely tough without a hint. It's wet pavement.4/2 Palette Leftover ColorsAfter drying, sometimes the left over colors present unusual patterns, as in this case.4/1 DaffodilsWhat would Easter be without flowers. Thse are greenhouse grown cause ours are just poking up slightly in a few protected areas. 3/31 Leftover Skeleton from Queen Anne's Seed BunchNo seeds left though.3/30 Red Osier DogwoodIt's the time of the year this plant's stems are a brilliant red. Later on it won't be near as striking. Late next Fall they will begin turning again.3/29 Strong Center of Interest Demonstrated with PaintChipsSeveral reaons for it to be a strong center of interest. Can you name them?3/28 Sunburst LichenI think these are lichens and not a shelf fungus, but I'm not positive.3/27 Power Pole1982 VintageSoaking wet--all the rough fibers are a whitish color. The round tag says "1982 Consumers Power Co." That company is now Consumers Energy.3/26 Flag & LightsNot much wind out. Different view.3/25 Toothpicks-macroInteresting how rough they look on a macro view.3/24 Mables with Off Placed Center of InterestAfter a confused eye, you finally are drawn to that small red marble--red always draws your eye. Even though the background is red, that marble is darker and attracts your eye--even though it's not placed in a good position.3/23 Marbles with Different Center of InterestNo doubt here where you're supposed to look.3/22 Cream of Tomato SoupCream of tomato soup with a dollop of wheatgrass/kale dried powder. Supposed to be good for you. I didn't particularly like the flavor imparted though. Nicer for a photograph!3/21 Marbles on a Painted BackgroundAnd interestingly all the marbles are exactly the same color and characteristics.3/20 Poly LightsI think these rods are a polypropylene and transmit light nicely, from a light in the base of the ornament.3/19 Woodpecker HoleI don't think anything is om it. Thought about puttine my camera lens up in the hold, but it was just a little too high for comfort--especially with Dixie with me.3/18 Frost CrystalsEverything was coated with frost this morning. This is the handle of a garbage container cover.3/17 Hard Winter for Young Spruce TreesThese trees were planted last Spring and didn't seem to do well all summer (hot & dry), and now they are totally dead.3/16 Dinner at Lansing Brewing CompanyI don't know about the beer, but the food was great, and the place was packed, but we got right in and were served promptly.3/15 Suction Cup ReflectionsThis holds a sun catcher, but the bright light was behind the suction cup and giving all sorts of reflections. I think even the camera.3/14 Old Leaves Glowing In SunWonderful late afternoon back lighting on old brown oak leaves. Makes them just glow.3/13 More Big SnowMore of the same. Dixie quickly becoming camouflaged with snow.3/12 Big Snow FlakesOle Man Winter doesn't want to give up yet. Lake effect snow today.3/11 Orchid BloomingOur orchid has been blooming for almost two weeks now. All 5 blossoms are open now.3/10 Christmas Cactus Blooming AgainI think this is the third time this season, and it's a major bloom this time. The entire plant is covered with blooms.3/9 Heavy SnowAt least for a few minutes. Huge flakes and very thickly spaced.3/8 Promising SunriseBut a half hour later it was snowing again--typical of our lake effect snows. Sunshine one minute and a minute later white out snows. Causes a lot of accidents on I-94 near here.3/7 Lake Effect Snow -- GraupelLooked like somebody opened a bean bag full of Styrofoam beads, and it blew all over the ground. This effect on the snow happens when supercooled water falls through snow flakes which collect on the surface and form these pellets. Quite unlike sleet.3/6 Heavy Wet SnowOvernight snow, but gone by mid day. Typical of Spring snows.3/5 Juniper & BerriesFound these alongside the path--probably from a Christmas decoration as they were all dried up.3/4 Morning Sunlight Creeping Down to Forest FloorAnother beautiful sunny day ahead.3/3 Frosty MorningGreen growth supporting ice crystals. Spring is coming!3/2 Blue Against BluePainted steel outdoor sculpture at Western Michigan University by the Richmond Center for Art. Beautiful crystal blue sky to go with the blue steel.3/1 Hydrated Shelf FungiThis is the same group after an all day rain today. Plump and pretty pinkish color, and the lichens are nice an thick and green. 2/28 Dry Shelf FungiHadn't had any snow or rain in several days, so they were all dried and shriveled up. Compare with next photo.2/27 Trash Can Auto DealershipLove reflective surfaces, and especially ones that diffuse the reflection a bit.2/26 Frost Crystals on LeafPerfect conditions last night, and notice the size of the crystals. Morning sun just starting to hit the ground and melt them.2/25 Warm Day Warm AfternoonBeautiful warm sunny day today. Now long shadows in the woods.2/24 Beautiful Lakeview High School PoolThe Southwest Michigh Athletic Conference finals here. Of course Portage won.2/23 Frosty TomatoesThese a big Roma tomatoes that were stored in the freezer and in thawing out have become coated with white frost.2/22 Green Moss and LichensAt the base of this old tree. Also notice the piece of very old rusty barbed wire going diagonally across the base. Up a little higher it has totally been incorporated in the trunk of the tree. Nice surprise for a chain saw in a few years or someone walking near the tree.2/21 Moss Was Growing Under SnowAnd looks very healthy also. The snow quickly melted in the past couple days.2/20 Green Parsley On VeggiesAdds a touch of color as well as taste. Very good.2/19 Green - With Yellow And BlueWatercolor palette. The three colors, green, yellow and blue can make a myriad of green colors very easily and quickly.2/18 Texture Tools For PaintingAnd one is a pretty green. It makes beautiful squares when used as a stamp.2/17 Healthy Green SaladAnd Delicious also. Homemade dressing, with Olive Oil, sauce of onion, horseradish and dilweed, and a small dash of Spicy Siriachia Balsamic Vinegar2/16 Green - Batteries2/15 Green LichenWhen it's wet outside this tree just seems to glow with the light green lichens on the bark--and just in the places that gets wet with rain or fog.2/14 GREEN - Bunches Of Green OnionsWhat better place to find green than the grocery store produce section. Convenientely we needed some green onions so here they are.2/13 Part Of Yesterdays PictIt was lying on the table in a spot that suddenly a bit of sunshine hit it for just a couple minutes--and I was standing there nearby. It was so unusual--just had to take a picture. Can you figure out where it fits with yesterday's green thing?2/12 Something GreenSince it's been so cold and inhospitable outside I'm going to start a week project--Something Green. This can be indoors or out. This one is indoors. What is it?2/11 My Favorite Big Oak Tree With a Heavy Winnter Coat2/10 Classic Michigan Winter SceneHad about 10 more inches of snow yesterday--just to freshen things up. If we need to have winter, this is the way it should look.2/9 Snow On SnowSnowing hard and it continued till almobst 2000 tonight.2/8 Overhead FanWasn't feeling good yesterday and forgot about taking a picture till I was getting ready for bed. Quick got a camera and crawled in bed. I've been wanting to take this picture for a long time as I see it every day.2/7 Snow Upon SnowWe're hitting our stride for snow now. Almost every day some. Tomorrow supplosed to get lots.2/6 Orchid Getting Ready to BloomBut it's been very slow growing this winter--probably because the temp is low in the house for orchids. Probably will be another week before it opens.2/5 Blue Shadows On White SnowHow does the sun cast blue shadows from gray trees on white snow?2/4 Fresh Snow OvernightEverything white and pretty again after a week or so of dirt and bare trees.2/3 Three Forms of Frozen WaterSnow on top, crystal ice next, and clear or glare ice on bottom. Melted a bit today, and now freezing.2/2 Marking Quilt For QuiltingGetting ready to quilt.2/1 Barb Working On QuiltWas sewing the border on, and it's quite big, so had it all scrunched up to fit on the sewing machine cabinet. 1/31 Threads in Carying BoxWeather turned nasty outside and dreary, so will shoot indoors for a while. Colorful and interesting patterns.1/30 Milkweed Still StandingStanding in spire of all the wind and rain and snow we've had this winter. Looks like a mask in one area.1/29 Salt Crystal On SidewlkMelting the snow around it.1/28 Mouse View Under TableThis is under table with 9 people seated around it.1/27 Another Mouse ViewGorgeous day todaywith dark blue skies. Not a cloud around.1/26 Accidental ExposureI was taking a shot at Madeline's reception and forgot I had the camera still set on a 15 frame/sec. burst. So, after a few frames I pulled the camera down, and this was captured in the process--it's the floor of the gallery and shadows from a table.1/25 Ice In PuddleCold overnight. Lots of small puddles that froze and have interesting crystal structures.1/24 Puddle Starting To FreezeUnusually warm weather past few days, but today it was cooling off. Interesting textures from the slusshy ice/snow mix on the pavement.1/23 Flowring KaleLovely spot to sphotograph--the produce area of the local Meijers.1/22 Artificial Studio FlowersI keep a vase full of artificial flowers I've found around the cemetery fences, and they help brighten up the room as well as providing photographic subject matter for days like today with almost constant drizzle/rain.1/21 Lights at KIAWent to see a quilt exhibit this afternoon. Love these little lights and I've tried several times to get a good picture of them. I think this succeeded. Just laid the camera flat down on the base and took a blind shot looking up.1/20 Escape From WindQuite windy yesterday--artificial flowers blew all over and settled in low places in the snow.1/19 Dying Rose Petal --macroSome of the petals are dying and falling off. Interesting how different the veins are from other plants.1/18 Windy-Loose BalloonsWalking the back part of the cemetery--Dixie couldn't stop barking at them, even as we got closer.1/17 Where Am I Going-Salt PatternsLots of salt patterns in the road and walks.1/16 White Rose - from Sr. Center Yesterday1/15 Pampas Grass Flower HeadWith new fallen snow. And, bitter cold outside, so taken from inside.1/14 Interesting CeilingDoing our walking again today in the mall. Weather outside very cold especially bad because of the wind. This I noticed in one of the department stores. Probably helps diffuse and absorb sound and light.1/13 New Store In Mall - ReflectionsWalked in the Mall today, instead of on a treadmill. A new store was being constructed behind this wall which was glass with a black backing, making an excellent mirror.1/12 Sunset After StormFinally stopped raining and changed to snow oveernight. Tonight this sunset showed even some in the northern and southern skies.1/11 Pavement ReflectionsStill raining and no snow anymore.1/10 Tree Reflections in Wet PavementSudden warm temps and rain made a large reflecting surface of this new asphalt--just laid in November.1/9 Winter Trees AbstractedInteresting technique to abstract and at the same time clarify the trees in the woods.1/8 Another Winter AbstractVery similar to the one from the 6th, except of a different origin.1/7 Blinds-Converging Parallel LinesSitting right undeer this window, I was impressed by all the converging parallel lines.1/6 Winter PatternsYou'll never guess where this was taken. Please let me know what you think it is.1/5 Lights Reflecting in Small Ornaments on WreathToday is the 12th and last day of Christmas. I'll end it with a Christmas picture. This on taken early in the morning while the lights were on, on the big wreath in the window. Taken during Blue Hour.1/4 Christmas Cactus BloomOur big cactus plant is blooming again, after blooming a couple times in the late summer and fall, although not as many blossoms this time.1/3 Light at Olive Garden RestaurantHaven't been going out to eat much lately, but came to Olive Garden to celebrate our Grandson's 17th birthday. Of course I have to take a picture of the ceiling or lights, or a combination as here. These are usually blind shots, with the camera lying flat on the table in front of me.1/2 Frigid Cold SpellHas been going on for a week, and supposed to continue for another week. Wind chills sometimes in low -10 Degrees. Even in this sunny scene it was only 3 above zero. Shot from inside the house.1/1 Beaded Bell OrnamentRing in the New Year. Old beaded ornament from a patient of mine many years ago. Daily Images December 2017 12/31 Ornament Grouping PUCCNew Year's Eve morning. Still only the 7th day of Christmas.12/30 Matt Blowing Our DrivewaySnows some every day, some days heavier. Last night and this morning was quite a bit.12/29 Norway Spruce Weighted Down with SnowHasn't been snowing heavily, but just constantly, so every time I go out there's a fresh layer of snow on everything. And, it's been very cold--sometimes below zero in the morning.12/28 Tree Ornament - SputnikAnother of our homemade ornaments--guess the time frame when it was made...12/27 Homemade OrnamentBarb and I made several ornaments similar to this one, a year or two after we were married, so that makes them well over 50 years old, and displayed each year we've had a tree. Missed a few when we had gone to Florida or California for the winter a few years back.12/26 Beautiful But Very ColdSnowed pretty much all day yesterday. Today, occasional lake-effect snow bands, mixed with sunshine.12/25 M&M's Christmas TreeA natural tree, and nicely shaped.12/24 New Snow For ChristmasOrnament hanging on big spruce tree in side yard.12/23 Milkweed Seeds Still In PodIn spite of all the wind and precipitation. They don't look very plump though, so probably have been sucked lifeless by the milkweed bugs this summer.12/22 Our Big Oak with Overcast Winter SkyWith a cold wind whipping in from the North, this oak stands tall and sturdy, with huge limbs over a foot in diameter.12/21 The Flower of Christmas -- Traditional Red PoinsettiasSeems like they come in all different colors these days, but to me the red ones are the true Christmas color.12/20 Crocheted OranamentShowing various ornaments when the weather has been too bad or very cloudy and dark outside.12/19 Selfies In Christmas OrnamentsWas looking out the window this morning and these are in a bowl in front of the window and caught my eye. Tried a couple cameras, and my phone camera gave me the best rendering. When you want good depth of field, you can't beat the very short lens in phone cameras.12/18 Cardboard Mailing Tubes PUCCSome mailing tubes used by the pre-school at church. Liked the lighting with just a distant hall light.12/17 Ceiling in Center of Grace Harbor ChurchKalamazoo Ringers (an internationally known Bronze Choir) had their Christmas concert this afternoon. Beautiful and thoughtful narration and readings about Christmas during WWI.12/16 Saturday Morning At Farmers MarketFull of vendors and customers getting fresh food.12/15 Slight Pink To East At SunsetReally gets dark early these days.12/14 After The Snow Storm YesterdayWith beautiful blue sky, which didn't stay very long.12/12 Ornament on Birches TreeGreat light reflections on it.12/11 Christmas FloralClose up of a Christmas floral at church today.12/10 Flowers In Strange Places in the WinterFlowers seem to bloom in strange places in the wintertime. 🙂12/9 Detail From Painting (Parallel Lines-parallelograms, rectangles and squares)From a painting in watercolor I did a few years ago--has lots of parallel lines as well as different shapes using parallel lines.12/8 Tis The SeasonFor parallel lines, with some non-parallel thrown in.12/7 Parallel Lines and a PolygramThe lines on the wallpaper are converging, and the polygram is from the wall, the right side of the frame and the top strip.12/6 Piano KeysLots of parallel lines here and some converging as well.12/5 When Are Parallel Lines Not ParallelWhen viewed straight on the edges of this pole are parallel, but in this camera view some are converging. Ah, a lesson in 'perspective.'12/4 Stacked ChairsLots of different parallel lines here.12/3 Rotten Tree Still StandingFound this on my walk this afternoon. Looks like it could blow over in a strong wind. But pretty with the low sun shining on it. This week I think I'll concentrate on parallel lines--to see where I can find them.12/2 Geode- Cut and PolishedThis shows the internal structure of a geode which on the outside is rather plain. The colors in the crystals are beautiful.12/1 Polished Black GraniteIt's a stone, and it's highly polished so that it reflects like a mirror, but imparting it's own texture.1/2 Frigid Cold SpellHas been going on for a week, and supposed to continue for another week. Wind chills sometimes in low -10 Degrees. Even in this sunny scene it was only 3 above zero. Shot from inside the house.1/1 Beaded Bell OrnamentRing in the New Year. Old beaded ornament from a patient of mine many years ago. Images Taken in November 2017 11/29 Rocks With Ground CoverPile of rocks at entrance road to a small community. This is ajuga growing between the rocks.11/28 Granite MonumentLichens are just starting to inhabit this granite.11/27 Low Rock WallIn total shade from evergreen trees, thus the bluish cast. I didn't change any setting except a little less exposure.11/26 Rocks with LichensThis week I'm going to try and focus on rocks--of any kind. It will be interesting and challenging to find rocks in this flat country, especially around our house.11/25 Plethora of Butternuts & Acorns This YearWow! Beneath all our butternut trees the ground is just carpeted with nuts. Also mixed in are some acorns which are very abundant this year. Had a good Spring for the trees.11/24 Solarized Photo - What is It?Ah, photographs never lie! But they sometimes only tell part of the truth.11/23 Shaggy Bark BirchGee, the sun even came out late this morning. These trees are in our nieghbors yard. Very interesting.11/22 Oil-Water ExperimentsThis is motor oil, on water and then the colors reversed on the computer.11/21 Rose From a Bouquet11/20 Still Quite Full of LeavesAmazing how many leaves are still on the trees, in spite of two days of rain and wind. Many of the oaks have lost very few.11/19 Mixed Grove TreesLast night when I saw these they were soaking wet from a still steady all day rain and the black just seemed to be glowing in the fading light, but alas I was too quick in moving my camera and it was blurry, and I didn't take any additional shots. In this shot, some of the trees are drying off, so aren't nearly as pronounced in color as last evening. I think most of these are sassafras trees. They bud early in the spring and fall early for autumn.11/18 Old 35mm Film CanistersFor some reason I had trouble taking sharp photos yesterday afternoon. The original I was going to use was just too blurry, so caught this one. What can I do with hundreds of these? Most are plastic and do not have any markings on them, so probably aren't recyclable.11/17 Glitzy Gold FabricTaken at a large fabric store.11/16 Birthday FlowersBeautiful bright and colorful flowers arrived yesterday late afternoon for my wonderful bride of 50++ years.11/15 Wet Milkweed SeedsHas rained all day and these just emerging seeds don't look like they'll fly anywhere, but will probably dry out before they take off in a strong breeze.11/14 Holly Leaves Rimmed with FrostStill night and dipped into the mid 20's, so lots of frost on everything this morning.11/13 Fancy Pin CushionLots of different ones in Barb's studio.11/12 Beautiful Leaf In LawnHas been raining off an on all day. Finally this afternoon it stopped enough that I could get out. Lots of wonderful maple leaves in the back yard, like this one, but variable.11/11 Delicious Sweet Potato FriesBig dish full of sweet potato fries with Helga and Chuck Flower--polished them off by the end.11/10 Begonia IndoorsBrought this big hanging basket in as it was just full of blossoms when the weather turned cold, and felt that even if it only lasted a week or so it was worth it. Still going strong after a week. But it doesn't probably get enough sun where it's at.11/9 Finally Leaves Coming DownAnd just in time--we're getting our first real cold snap this weekend with Lake-Effect Snow predicted. That would be bad for trees still loaded with leaves.11/8 Oil On Water-PosterizedThis shot was incredibly dull as originally shot, mainly because it was shot in a white cup. After cropping, sharpening and posterizing it is a great abstract.11/7 Interesting Church ArchitectureEspecially because of the angle I took it. Much more conventional in other ways.11/6 Different Day - Different ColorsYes, what a difference a day makes. Gorgeous colors in the late afternoon sun. Same area as yesterday, but in opposite direction.11/5 Foggy MorningBecame much warmer overnight and very foggy this morning. Stayed foggy even through some heavy rain, till shortly after noon a wind swept through and it was gone in an instant.Wet Lichens On Butternut TreeWith fog and rain these were soaking wet and just seemed so vibrant. Couldn't resist them.11/4 Begonia Blossom In RosemaryThis blossom fell on the floor, so I put in our big rosemary plant which is old and quite woody. Brought the plant in from outside a week or so ago. It's still blooming profusely.11/03 At Schrier ParkBeautiful sunny relatively comfortable day. First time out after MI. This shows the old apple orchard in the background. They used to spray the trees, but I don't think they do anymore.11/02 Fall Has Finally Arrived in our Back YardFinally our trees in back are starting to get pretty--quite late this year. Gloomy day with almost steady rain all day. I didn't get out at all. This is from the Family Room window.11/1 Paint ConversationsI think they're trying to decide which will be used next, and which is the prettiest color of all of them. October 2017 Images 10/30 View Out My WindowNot very pretty, but at least daylight.10/29 My Connection To Care in an EmergencyI'm wired for EKG to the monitoring statioin.10/28 Matt Blowing LeavesWas glad it was him, given the way I was feeling.10/27 Leaves Slowly TurningInteresting combination of colors in this woods.10/26 Black WalnutsIn raking leaves this afternoon, I uncovered a whole lot of walnuts. Probably half a bushel of them. I'm thinking about trying to grow them.10/25 Oak Leaves TurningOaks seem to do a quick turn around in color. The beautiful red color seems very short lived before it turns to a bright brown color.10/24 Maple Tree In RainPouring rain when Dixie and I went for a walk. This tree was all shiny and glowing in the rain.10/23 In And Out At Once at PSCReflection of inside looking out through the large glass window in our art room at the Portage Senior Center.10/22 Ceiling Fan and Unusual TilesOn the "Arts and Eats" tour today, we stopped and ate at this small town restaurant (Wayland). Delicious hearty meal at Simply Celia's. The lights in the fan were also different and very decorative.10/21 Sebastapol GooseOn an Art Tour today, stopped at one farm that was doing pottery, and they had this goose and several showy chickens running around outside.10/20 Fly By Over McCamley FieldLast home game for PCHS Mustangs, and the last game in this stadium, with many festivities during the evening, including this fly over by a couple of planes. Built in 1947, it was named after Stuart McCamley, school board president for 8 years in the mid 40's until 1953. It will be torn down this Spring and a new stadium built.10/19 Very Unusual Pink Colored FungusThese little pink colored bodies are only about 4 mm in diameter, and growing on a very rotten wet log. I have never seen them before and have no idea what they are.10/18 Fall Leaves-Clear Blue SkyAfter our hurricane rain last weekend, our weather has been beautiful, but still no frost or freeze, so the colors have been slow in coming.10/17 New Artist MarkersI've been impressed with the one free 'Concept' marker I received from ISEA a couple years ago, so brought some more. Will be interesting to try the different colors.10/16 Green Garden BallAnd if you look carefully you can see my reflection.10/15 Drying Ornamental CrabapplesWe had such a dry late summer and fall that everything was drying up. Leaves were falling without any change to fall color. Then came the big rain. Yesterday we got 7 1/2" all in about 30 hours. Water everywhere.10/14 Mail Truck In Lake Westnedge10/13 Reflector BollardWorking on the road in a nearby park and have these all over the place. Was attracted to them because of the sun shining on them--seemed like crystals in side, but didn't show that way on the photo.10/12 Learning Layers-Wet Photo ProcessThis is a merged image of two diffeerent images taken a few years ago. Spent today working and learning 'Layers.' I used On1 Photo Raw for this software. My interpretation of the dirty, polluting wet photo process.10/11 Fuschia CultivarNot sure exactly what these are, but they are beautiful, especially after a downpour.10/10 Pot Of Chrysanthemums - A GiftBeautiful mixed colors on the blossoms.10/9 Petunia PollenPetunias still going strong, while other flowers are dying out.10/8 Burning Bush ColorAfter some rain the past few days everything is finally starting to get beautiful. This is a hedge bush that turns a violent bright red in the Fall.10/7 Big MushroomInteresting how the top has formed a cup shape--probably because of the recent rains we've had after a long very, very dry spell.10/6 Glass Door Lines in a RestaurantQuick grab shot. Still interesting abstract.10/5 Finally Starting to Turn Colors after some rain.10/4 Between The LayersBetween the layers of a quilt, that is. The pretty top is on top and the batting and backing are below.10/3 Brewery In the basement at The B.O.B.A famous eatery in downtown Grand Rapids. Had lunch there today, visiting for Art Prize.10/2 Cleome at Portage Senior CenterThese plants have been blooming all summer and now have huge long stalks, with lots of green seed pods.10/1 Moon Behind Clouds during Blue HourNice clouds during early blue hour tonight. Images for September 2017 9/29 Road Warning BlinkerSun was shining through it--very bright.9/28 Unknown MacroThis is a macro shot of something edible.9/27 Meeting Room English InnDoesn't this look like a cozy place to read or meet?9/26 Maturing MushroomThis is the same mushroom that I showed a couple days ago with the slugs on it. It's starting to look pretty ragged.9/25 Sedum or StonecropSaw the first two honey bees on this plant while initially looking at it. All the bees seemed to like it very much.9/24 Two Fat Slugs Having Breakfast on a New MushroomAlthough we've had a very dry late summer and fall so far, there are some mushrooms popping up.9/23 Sassafras LeavesFinally something is turning red. And notice there are three different shaped leaves on the sasme branch--the only tree that has this configuration.9/22 Huge Limb DownLate summer is a tough time for the big oak trees, especially when there's been a relatively moist early Spring and Summer. Usually there are so many maturing acorns, and the leaves are still there, so the weight becomes too much, and a huge limb will crack off and drop. I think that's what happened to this one.9/21 Glowing GeraniumsStill going strong and looking better than ever. Love this color.9/20 Double ImpatiensThey are so dark they almost glow with the light on them.9/19 Fall Leaves Mostly Brown this year.Had to look around to find a slightly red leaf. Most just turn brown and fall off the tree. Not much color so far.9/18 ChicoryBeautiful blue flowers, that have a long tap root, so survive in many conditions.9/17 Lake Michigan at Barnes Park in Antrim CountyWe outran the showers in the UP, but now they were catching up with us.9/16 The Antlers Restaurant in Sault Ste. Marie, MIIt's been more than 20 years since we were there, but some things have changed. There's new owners, but the bar and restaurant are about the same.9/15 Goldenrod FloweringFor hayfever suffers this is a bad season. These beautiful golden flowers are the source of much allergen producing pollen.9/14 Mill Pond at Wilderness State ParkGot this on an evening walk at Wilderness. Weather was beautiful.9/13 Maple Leaves TurningNorth of Traverse City more color is starting.9/12 Hello 😉Three eggs in milk. Looks like a face winking.9/11 Butterfly WeedThis is the preferred milkweed for Monarchs, but they will also use the common milkweeds which bloom in the spring. The flowers are the same form, but just different colors on these.9/10 ZinniaSome late planted seeds now bearing beautiful flowers.9/9 Deer in our Front YardGetting dark, but still enough light for a picture. There were two of them together in the back by our blueberry bushes, but when I came out with the camera they split. One went to the front another disappeared into our back neighbors yard. I followed this one around to the front. He left a second after I took this and went across the street to the woods there.9/8 Old Fashioned MailboxesWent to Art Hop tonight in Kalamazoo, and these mailboxes are in the Park Trades building--an old factory that has been converted to artist studios.9/7 Rain ReflectionsFinally some much needed rain, while Texas and Florida are flooding. Liked these reflections off this new car in the streetlight.9/6 Jackema SkinWas in getting some oranges and bananas today and saw these huge fruits (about 18" long and at least 10" wide) with a knobby surface. The label said Jackema. But the internet has been very sparse with information about them. Will do some more searching. [We didn't buy one]9/5 Large Milkweed Bugs New HatchThese are all juvenile forms, just hatched in the last day or so. They generally don't harm the milkweed, but are toxic to other predators. They overwinter by migrating South.9/4 Sky RaysThis was not too long after a quick shower this morning. Unusual looking clouds and light rays from behind it.9/3 Cucumber Hanging On VineSevere drought like conditions have made garden harvests low, even with almost constant watering.9/2 Night Street SceneThis was taken well after dark, and illuminated by our yard light. No tripod, just propped the camera on the spare tire at the rear of our Roadtrek.9/1 Brown Marmorated Stink BugFound this on a small oak branch with early acorns--it was caught in a Russian Olive Bush. Images for August 2017 8/30 Cedar BerriesThese are like pine cones on spruce and pine trees. They have a very pungent cedar smell. Notice the flat, scale like leaves8/29 Thistle FlowerBeautiful flower up close. I think this is a small plant of a Bull Thistle. Ground probably not very good where it's growing.8/28 Butterfly Milkweed BudsThis is the favorite milkweed variety for the Monarchs. Beautiful yellow and red flowers.8/27 Queen Anne SeedsThey are quite striking and colorful when still green.8/26 American Yew - Taxus canadensisThis evergreen shrub has a unique fruit, found on no other shrub or tree. The seed is bare inside the juicy red fruit, borne on female trees.8/25 GladiolusThese glads have been blooming each year now for probably 10 years, without digging them up each Fall and replanting them in the Spring. Although, now the flowers seem to be smaller and less of them.8/24 Buick EyeThought I'd mix things up a bit today.. An artistic looking auto light.8/23 Colorful Driveway AgainA little windy today also. But beautiful cloudless sky that dried things well.8/22 Acrylic Pour As DemoThis was made using Paint Easy and Student Grade acrylics. Beautiful cells and added a little bit of red--maybe a drop too much. This is only a 10 cm tile.8/21 Remains Of A Big FightThere were a couple other feathers scattered around, most of them smaller fluffy pin feathers and down. Site didn't look like it was fatal on either side.8/20 Quasi Double BegoniaThis little flower wanted to be a double begonia like all the rest on the plant, but just didn't quite make it. Still pretty.8/19 Squash Blossom-Bee Caught in Bottom and Covered in PollenThe bee struggled for a bit to get out, but finally made it.8/18 Mechanicals OverheadTwisted and turned to make them look dizzily. Was at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids today for the big Quilt Week there. This is just a small section of the roof/ceiling, but multiply this by a hundred times to get an idea of what the whole thing looks like.8/17 Coral Colored Double BegoniaStill going strong. Beautiful blossoms.8/16 Corner In Franco's PizzeriaJust thought it looked like a good abstract in camera. Lucky I took it, because the other image I planned on using I had not changed the focus method, and all three that I took were blurry.8/15 Bug Eaten And DeadDried leaves of a wild grape vine, first eaten by June Beetles.8/14 Cleome (Spider Flower) At PSCThis is a tropical plant that is perennial in zones with no freezing. But, grows most places as an annual from seed.8/13 Grapes Starting To RipenShould be a good crop, IF the deer, chipmunks, raccoons, skunks and birds leave them alone. So far no evidence of their activity.8/12 Rubus spectabilis (Pursh)Very difficult plant to identify. All of the images on the web refer to a low growing bush with stiff stems. This plant is very low growing (in our lawn) with a vining habit. Anybody have any other ideas?8/11 Cicada ExoskeletonI think this is the molt exoskeleton left. It's been on this tree for a week or more. I finally found it today.8/10 Day Lily BloomsThis is the last group of our day lilies to boom.8/9 Curly Dock SeedsA fairly common weed in Michigan. These stems are often used in decorative/art flower arrangements. Their rich brown color contrasts nicely with flower colors and greenery.8/8 Colorful Drink BottlesDidn't even look to see what was in them. Liked the pattern and colors.8/7 Roof Installation on Big StoreLevi and AlexEverybody was outside, and Levi enjoyed the moderate weather very much.8/5 Roasting MarshamallowsNothing beats roasted marshmallows and S'mores8/4 Glass Art Kalamazoo Studio - Mert UngorResident artist Mert Ungor doing a very large blown glass piece. Here three other people are assisting him with it.8/3 Utility Pole & Wires From BelowNice abstract pattern.8/2 Fan CageInteresting patterns8/1 Closeup AbstractGuess What it is. Images for July 2017Photographs Taken on Day Designated 7/30 Leaf SkeletonGrape leaf showing the destruction of June Beetles.7/29 Peace RoseVisiting friends for dinner. Beautiful roses right near his front porch.7/28 How Small I Am Standing among Huge Pines7/27 Glass Candle Light HolderInteresting abstract design on a candle holder at the Palette Restaurant in Petoskey.7-26 Sante Cafe in Boyne CityDelicious brunch at this new cafe on the waterfront in Boyne City. I think these are all functional bottles, but they make a nice decoratioin.7/25 Charlevoix City BandThey have a big band this year and played some rather difficult music--sounded great.7/24 Gerber DaisyIn the gardens at the Portage Senior Center7/23 Daylily at Olive Garden in PortageThese were so dark they almost looked black in the sunshine.7/22 Motherwort SeedsThey don't seem to stick to clothing, but are very sharp. Lots of seeds tucked in there.7/21 Common Dragon FlyAlmost transparent wings. I was surprised she/he stuck around long enough for me to get my camera out, after trying with my cell phone. This is a Common Skimmer, but I don't know exactly what group it falls in. There was another with this one that had darker wings, with the same spots. I presume they were a pair foraging for food--lots of mosquitoes around.7/20 Seed GeraniumThese plants are started from seeds, so take a little longer to get going, but once they've gotten big enough they produce lots of flowers.7/19 Black-Eyed Susan-RubdekiaAlmost weed like flowers that re-seed themselves.7/18 Horse-NettleThese wild flowers are relatives of the tomato. They have the same looking flower, but don't produce anything good to eat.7/17 Monarch ButterflyThis must be a fairly young one--his wings are in pretty good shape. This is the first monarch I've seen in about 2 years.7/16 Milkweed Seedpods FormingGoing to be lots of seed flying around this Fall.7/15 Balloon FlowerThe flower buds look like balloons.7/14 Multi-rotated Multiple Distortions on Computer - Mr. SmileyThis started with three in-camera exposures on one frame of chair cushions in our living room. Then in the computer I enhanced the colors and distorted the image several times with some cropping in between and at the end.7/13 Seedhead Yellow HawkweedWeeds with pretty yellow flowers, which yield seeds not unlike those of the dandelion, except these flowers have long slender stalks and wave in the breeze. They grow far better in our lawn than the grass.7/12 Back Underside of HondaSame parking lot--same reason. Gee, it doesn't look too bad for a 13 year old car.7/11 New Perspective On Our CarI was waiting in the car for Barb who was shopping in a store . It got pretty warm so went out and decided to see what's under the car.7/10 Dwarf Pinks in Senior Center GardenNice gardens right outside the window of the room we hold our Open Art sessions.7/09 SnowballsThese are a separate variety of hydrangeas. Bush is just covered with white balls of flowers.7/08 June Bug Eating Petals of Newly Opened Purple Coneflower7/07 Grape Holly FruitThis really is a holly--look at those pointed leaves on the left side--and they pick just like any holly plant does. That big leaf on the right side is a regular grape leaf. The birds do eat these, but not many. These have been blue for several days and most are still there.7/06 Wild Garlic Seed BulbletsBad hair day. 🙂 This bunch of bulblets sits atop a long slender stalk and it eventually bends over to move the seeds (bulblets) further away from the parent plant.7/05 Bouncing BetThis is a common roadside flower. It blooms in mid Summer for quite a while.7/4 Fireworks (Of Course)Private show of fireworks tonight. Just at the right time for photography and can easily get up close.7/03 Hybrid DaylilyThis is one we purchased from White Flower Farm a few years ago, and in previous years the deer have completely eaten it. We sprayed it thoroughly this year and the deer have stayed away. The blossoms are on a fairly short stem. Peaches and Cream.7/02 Breakfast Of Champion-notAlthough it did have lots of good fruit on it. This was our lunch with a group after church today. I felt like splurging, since close to my birthday, a Sunday, and Holiday Weekend. It was delicious, and the fruit was fresh and good.7/01 White Skipper on LavenderThis is probably the moth from the cabbage worm. They really love the lavender.7/25 Lake Michigan-Charlevoix LightsJust after sunset from a rooftop on the channel. May & June 2017Daily images taken on the day designated. 6/28 KMnO4Interesting shot. I won't say what it is.6/27 Bee On MilkweedFirst of a hundred tries to get a good bumble bee on a flower--they move so fast and don't spend a lot of time on one flower bunch. But, the light was good here and I had the camera already focused on this bunch of flowers.6/26 Yellow Asiatic LilyThese too have been spared by the deer this year, so are doing well.6/25 Phlox In WoodpileNice dark background automatically.6/24 Queen Annes LaceThey are just starting to bloom around here. They are so nice in bouquets.6/23 Jack In Pulpit SeedsThis seed head is forming where the spadix was. In the Fall they will turn a bright flame red, and they say you can plant these seeds in the Spring. I would think they also need to be exposed to a cold moist environment over the winter.6/22 Asiatic LiliesThese great flowers have been blooming for about 4 days now, and show no signs of stopping. They didn't get eaten by the deer this year, so have been doing well.6/21 Yellow DaylilyBeautiful hybrid daylily. We also have a couple more varieties which will bloom later.6/20 New Tub FixtureTub didn't drain properly-found out the lifting mechanism was corroded and the stopper had fallen down.6/19 Maiden PinkFirst time I've seen this around here. Only a single plant. Addendum: Since this one, I've found several others in the woods where this one was.6/18 Mary's ClematisJust starting--not full of blooms yet6/17 Steel Sculpture "Fire"Part of Krasl Art pieces in St. Joseph, MI. This is taken rather close, so only shows a part. But it reminds me of a shirt flying in the breeze.6/16 Milkweed Blossoms FormingOur weather has been so hot the last 10 days, that the milkweed is growing very fast and has buds forming already. Our patches of milkweed are doing well, but not old enough to flower.6/15 Seeds On ViburnumThe birds, especially cardinals like these seeds during late fall and winter. There will be a great number this year.6/14 My Work Table After A PourThese pours are similar to the ones I did a year or two ago, except the paint is diluted more which lets it flow better, and the addition of silicone, to let it separate.6/13 Ceiling At Honda DealershipTook the car in for G&O today. Pretty gray and blue colors in the waiting area.. Good inspiration for a painting.6/12 Digitalis Purpurea6/11 Light at Mangia Pasta and PizzaLow ceiling with light close by.6/10 Coleus In Planter at Bronson Methodist Hospital6/9 Deer RepellentThe makings of a quite effective deer repellent. It's colorful before being mixed together. Top layer is Pepper Oil, and the bottom layer is Dawn liquid soap--to be mixed with a big bottle of water in a sprayer.6/8 Milkweed Hanky PankyHere's the real reason more milkweed beetles this year. The early insect I found almost a week ago turned into this female adult. They let me get pretty close to them for this shot--they were too busy. :_)6/7 Fly and PreyWas curious why this fly/wasp let me get so close to it as I couldn't see it as I was taking this shot. . Looks like a small grasshopper it was feasting on.6/6 Yellow BegoniaBarb planted some new flowers in the big pot on front porch. It's a pretty shady spot, and these flowers seem to like it there.6/5 Showy PrimroseFound a bunch at the Sr. Center this afternoon.6/4 Milkweed Beetle Probably Instar StageLast year this patch of milkweeds were all loaded with these orange and black insects--all with a proboscis inserted in the seed pods. So, expect to see them again even greater numbers this year.6/3 Melting Frost On Ice CreamThis was on the lid of the ice cream container--it was at the end and we finished it off.6/2 Multiple Camera Selfies6/1 GroundCover-Beacon Slver LamiumFirst year I've seen this bloom. Beautiful purplish-pink blossoms and a silvery white leaf. Grows in shade and is only about 6 inches tall.5/31 Double Ruffled IrisNew irises we got from a friend last year. First bloom--they are really beautiful.5/30 Unknown Insect-Possible Instar formhave never seen anything like this, and am curious if anyone can name it. Sort of looks like a larval form, but has prominent legs.5/29 Comfrey BlossomsA vigorous growing plant that makes good greed compost.5/28 Delish Pizza at Schlotzkey's5/27 Single Peony OpenFirst time this plant has bloomed since we planted it a couple years ago.5/26 Side Lighting at Civic TheatreWent to see "Sister Act" - a musical comedy.5/25 Jack-In-The-PulpitReally big this year, and has two jacks on it. The spathe on this one just seems to glow in the dark shade where it's at.5/ 24 Our Big Rhododendron Full This YearAnd it's hiding a robin on her nest on the windowsill just off the right side of the image.5/23 Beautiful Canada BalsamWasn't too many years ago they were only about shoulder height--and now they're probably 25 ft. high.5/22 Asian IrisesI think that's what they are called. They're a little smaller than the common variety.5/21 Church CeilingWent to the Kalamazoo Ringers Concert - at Grace Harbor Church in Westwood Area.5/20 Table LightWent out for pizza Saturday night.5/19 Mackinac Island Historical MuseumAnd off to the left is part of the back of the Visitor Center for the Mackinac Island State Park5/18 Carol's Oil PastelsTwo Carols in our group and both working in oil pastels, but yet each distinctive and attractive.5/17 Somewhere In Time MarkerMarker on lakeside for movie of that name.5/16 One Of Favorite EateriesAnother favorite restaurant/bar. (There's a bar in every restaurant in town.)5/15 No-SmokingSeems like everyone on the island smokes. It's especially noticeable at night when bar and restaurant employees are outside taking breaks.5/14 Pony UpAnother interesting restaurant/bar, the Pink Pony.5/13 Wild MustardA whole bunch of these turns a field into a yellow sea around this time of year.5/12 Pink Dogwood5/11 More Oak Leaves Coming OutThey start and end so colorful, but in between for the whole summer are just plain green.5/10 Near Dark No TripodPracticing hand holding and supporting without a tripod. Notice the road is brighter on the right side--from an approaching car.5/9 - They're PerfectionGlass jars as decoration on window sill in restaurant.5/8 - Lilac Bloom5/7 - Pink HoneysuckleHas been blooming for a couple days5/6 Early Cones on a Spruce Tree5/5 Glass Blowing 101Were blowing all sorts of things as demonstrations for their classes in glass blowing.5/4 Dogwood In WoodsDogwood in full bloom, but it rained all day today so they looked a little beaten.5/3 Oil Bubbles On WaterUsed regular motor oil, on a painted background. See also a couple images on the Abstract Image page.5/2 Blind Shot Under Low Tree Looking UpTook this without looking at the image on the phone screen. Just increased the shadows a little. Didn't have to even crop it.5/1 Lenten RoseStarts blooming very early in the spring. When it warms up a little it starts growing some beautiful leaves.Redbud Tree In Full Bloom - 4-30-2017Blooming a long time this Spring.4/24 Fern FiddleheadAs the new stems emerge they form a fiddle head arrangement.4-25 Oak Leaf BudsThey really are this red when the first start out.Red Bud Tree in Full Bloom 4-21-174/11 Moses Going AsleepThis has bloomed all winter and still going strong. Boats close up every evening.