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.
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!
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.
Hello Again Dear Reader,
It has been a very long time. I just returned from a trip up North to visit family and friends….as always I loved seeing everyone, but hate the eventual goodbyes. Regardless, though my time was very much spoken for with traveling and other activities, I still had the chance to sight-see and take a few interesting photos. These were taken in St. Ignace Michigan, a small lake side city, just the other side of the Mackinaw Bridge.
I enjoyed my time here very much and even thought, if I did not have such an aversion to the bitter cold, I could die here. But I cannot even imagine the cold wind that blows off the great lakes here…it was September and the temperature was in the high 40’s, very brisk for this Florida girl.
I could have spent hours trying to photograph the city, the lighthouse, which is directly across from Mackinaw Island, the crystal clear waters, but the sun was fading fast and it was getting colder. So I focused on what I could see and hoped I could capture how beautiful this little city was to me. So as always, enjoy!