Happy New Year-ish

Happy New Year.

So much has happened this past holiday season and New Year. Some events I was very much present for, but sadly many were missed out on due to a nasty flu bug. This Christmas I spent with Northern family, first Christmas in many. I had a wonderful time and enjoyed all the photo opportunities I was presented with. Normally people make a face and emit very heavy sighs, when they see me and my camera…but this time of the year, all anyone wanted were lovely reminders.
This was a good and a bad thing for me, because while I love to photograph things……people are an entirely different animal. In my case the largest formal group of people was fourteen. Try and get fourteen separate, thinking, feeling, human beings…namely children- to do the same thing at the same time..Impossible? Maybe, maybe not. Couple the size and personalities of the group with my nothing is perfect attitude and it surely spells disaster. But for all the worrying and stressing………the experience was a good one. The group enjoyed lots of laughs and made the best of our experience. I want to thank them all for letting me use them as a learning experience and I hope that we can do it again soon. It’s so nice when people support your passion.

Although I know that Christmas is over, I saw so many beautiful trees and decorations that I would still like to share a few of my favorites. Enjoy!

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Happy December – Missing Fall

Happy December.

Can you believe that in a little over two weeks we will be celebrating Christmas? Yes I celebrate Christmas.

I know that I talk a lot about time. It has become very important to me, as it seems to fly by faster everyday. Maybe that is why I feel such a need to preserve mine/our memories, because we never know how much time we all have left together. It gives me a certain amount of satisfaction knowing, or hoping that one day, my photographs will make people smile and remember that time, that place and those people. Just another random thought. 🙂

As I stated in an earlier post, I have only a few random photos to share from my trip up North. This day we are visiting a park in Gladwin, Michigan. This park is particularly close to my heart, as I spent a lot of time as a kid here. Although not a very big park…. it seemed much bigger when I was younger, it is still a great place to take a stroll, swing on the swings or tube/canoe/kayak down the Cedar River. They now even have a campground. Located right in the middle of town, the park is extremely close and convenient to everything. Some of my best memories were made in this park and on the Cedar River. I especially love the White Birch trees that line the river, they cannot be found everywhere in the U.S.

As always I truly hope you enjoy this day in the park as much as I did.

Stalking SnowBirds In The Park

Just a quick post today to share these random photos that I took in the park. I hope that as always you enjoy them. Have a great day!

 

Tuesday Before Turkey Day

Well it is officially 2 days until Thanksgiving. For those of you who celebrate, I hope you all have a wonderful…and thankful day.

I have pretty much finished up editing and sharing the Michigan photos I took. I have only a few random places and happenings that I would like to share, sort of a photographic pot-luck. I am very eager to post some of the events and happenings that have been going on in sunny Florida. I Could not help throwing that fact in for my friends and readers who have been enjoying a recent bit of snowfall and chilly weather. Upcoming photos I am sharing will include the crystal clear waters of Alexander Springs, Florida and a few quick shots of the most recent food truck invasion to hit the Treasure Coast.

Today I am sharing photos of flowers. Nothing in particular just anything that caught my eye. Some photographs were taken along the way while on my trip and some I found on the grounds of friends’ homes. I have done my best to identify what most of them are…..but identifying them is timely and I wanted to share before the holiday. So if you see something you would like to know more about, I will do my very best to provide that information. As always I hope you enjoy!

Hanging at The Mackinac Bridge Visitor’s Center- Michigan

Well everyone it is almost Thanksgiving. In approximately 14 days, those of you that celebrate will get together for some fun and fellowship with family and friends. I hope that in all the hustle and preparation we can all pause for a moment and focus on what is truly important…. Our relationships with others.

Colonial Michilimackinac Visitors Center
Colonial Michilimackinac Visitors Center

I thought that I was almost done posting Michigan photos, but then I ran across these beauties. Surprised that I could forget them: The Colonial Michilimackinac Visitors Center was easily one of the favorite spots of my whole trip. Located right off of I-75 in Mackinaw City, the  visitors center entrance is literally under the Mackinac Bridge. It is also near the fort, which I did not visit and within the state park. The visitor’s center was easily the priciest of all the places that I visited by far, but there are still plenty of things to see and do without breaking your budget, if you had one like me.

Welcome
Welcome

I like this area mainly because you can walk right under the Mackinac bridge and this alone made for some really interesting photo opportunities. I witnessed dozens of people trying to find the right angle and little kids skipping the large, round smooth stones that litter the shore. There are plenty of things to see, like the Keeper’s quarters, and the lighthouse; This is actually one of the few that you can go up into. Not into walking? There are plenty of benches and picnic tables to rest on.

This shoreline is also known as the Straights of Mackinac, it gives you a great place in which to photograph and view the lake and the entire bridge…a feat for sure. As you walk along and look out across the shores of Lake Michigan, you can even see Mackinac Island from this vantage point. I can only imagine the shots I could have come away with, had I had a nicer camera with a bigger lens,,,but I digress. If you are looking for a place where you can walk on the beach, see beautiful sights, take in some history and enjoy a nice picnic lunch…this is it.

I hope you truly enjoy the photos. Happy Thanksgiving.

A Walk In The Woods- Northern Michigan

As I finish the last few photo edits from my trip, I can hardly believe that it is already November. I don’t even want to think of another year passing so fast. I trust that everyone made it through Halloween without eating too much candy….I did not. 🙂 But sometimes you have to enjoy the chocolate.

As promised in my last post, today I am sharing a collection of native Michigan mushrooms. Almost the weirdest thing I have ever photographed…you will notice that I did not identify any of the mushrooms by name. I try my very best to attach information to the photos I post; Just in case anyone actually cares, but mushrooms or fungus specifically, are one of those things that you just do not take someone’s word for. Eating or touching the wrong mushrooms can make you sick or worse. So I am not naming these mushrooms, I am going to leave that to the fungus experts.

Recreation Area
Welcome to the Recreation Area

     One of the most relaxing and my favorite thing to do, is walk in the woods. Recently I got a chance to spend some time with my very best childhood friend, and we filled our time getting back to nature.

     I have to say waking up early and walking (our target 10,000 steps a day) did not thrill me in the least, mainly because I caught a nasty bug in St. Ignace, but once we hit the woods, I was forever hooked. My friend and I both dabble in photography and it’s nice when you can share a common interest with someone you love so dearly. The place she suggested turned out to be a treasure trove of beautiful and unique things to see and photograph. Of course we both had our cameras and could not resist photographing anything that caught our eyes. Of all things in wooded abundance, we found the most colorful and unusual mushrooms I have ever seen. Yep…mushrooms. Pink, purple, white….. even mushrooms that look like birds-nest coral (for all my ocean enthusiasts). I have never thought much about mushrooms (fungus) … and know that many of them are poisonous, but I assure you we did not pick any, we only photographed them. Until the next time, I hope you enjoy this walk in the woods with friends. Enjoy!

St. Ignace Curio Fair: More Michigan Photos

Happy Wednesday, can you believe that it is almost the end of October? I am still editing my trip photos: upcoming photos will include a series of Michigan flowers and mushrooms I found along the way.

Today we are visiting The Curio Fair tower, located just outside of St. Ignace, Michigan. The tower climb is very entertaining , and the views of Lake Michigan and the Mackinaw Bridge are pretty spectacular. The Curio Fair building is pretty cool, the doors are heavy steel and the walls are rock and embedded sea shells. The gift shop on the main level is packed (walls/ceilings) with so may things,,,it would take hours to sift through everything. Although I do not usually purchase souvenirs, this day I did  purchase some Guatemalan worry dolls, to remember my trip and gift to others.

After ringing up our purchases and paying a small fee, we were directed to a door at the back of the room, where we started our climb up several levels to the top of the tower’s viewing deck. One thing is immediately apparent, graffiti is encouraged and lots of people do it. I didn’t, because once again I did not want to burden myself with anything but my camera. No change, no camera, some girl scout I am.

My party and I stopped frequently to admire some people’s artwork and others’ sense of humor. One bonus stopping frequently has, is that it helps take your mind off the fact that you are continually climbing up, and that the whole structure feels like it is swaying with the wind. Once at the top there are many windows in which you can securely view the Mackinac Bridge, as well as the surrounding lake and countryside. Or if you have the nerve step outside on the viewing deck, the views are pretty nice from this vantage point.

All in all we had a great time and saw some new and unusual things in the gift shop. All it took was an hour or two of our time, a few dollars and we created some lasting memories; Isn’t that what we are all trying to do?  As always I hope you enjoy the photos.