Day 121 – Walking the Chicks

We were on our way to dinner tonight when we saw two geese walking with their baby chicks. I stopped the car and jumped out with my camera and was able to capture one of the parents with the two baby chicks.

Day 120-Macaroni Grill Anniversary Dinner

Normally we will grab a fast food dinner while on the road. Today is special though, Vicki and I decided to celebrate our 23rd anniversary with dinner at Macaroni Grill in Montrose, Ohio (near Akron). This is a picture of my wine glass after we toasted to many more years of wedded bliss.


Day 118 – Self Portrait

As I peer into the other end of the lens, I wonder if the focus will be correct. I wonder what the composition will be, how much of a zoom there is, will it be a close up of my nostril? The self portrait is a real challenge for me. Not only do I have to come to grips with the way I look; I’m taking the shot without seeing the scene. Well, I will continue to practice.

Day 113 – Spring Time

Spring is here, the grass is green, tulips are in full bloom, and the trees have buds on them. This is another shot of the tree from Day 47, when I blogged about the gray days of winter. My daughter Amanda came up with the idea to shoot this same tree each season, so she could have the series on her wall. The difference between today’s conditions and those of Day 47 were huge. First, instead of a “gray” day, we had a beautiful sun filled day today. The temperature was about 20 degrees warmer, and this shot has the golden glow of the “golden hour”. I shot this photo just before the sun dropped below the horizon. There are still no leaves on the tree, but if you look closely, you will be able to see some buds on the ends of the branches. I am looking forward to the summer shot, when the tree will be full of leaves.

Day 112 – Stage Vocal Group Wins X Factor Pass Audition

Wow! One of the most exciting days ever for me! We attended the Fox 66 X Factor Pass Auditions today held at the Courtland Mall in Burton, Michigan. My daughter is one of three young ladies that make up Stage Vocal Group. Fox 66 VideoThey competed today with 66 contestants to represent this region at the next round of auditions, in Greensboro, North Carolina on May 1st. They were chosen as the winners! I am so proud of their group, Amanda Lewis (my daughter), Emily Simmermacher, and Amanda Mueller; their performance was truly amazing. They sang (click the link to view the performance), “Rolling in the Deep” by Adelle, and received a tremendous round of applause by all in the audience. Vicki and I were so excited when they announced Stage Vocal Group as the overall winners. Way to go ladies! We wish you the very best in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Day 111 Ah the Lazy Boy

Ahhh, it’s great to be back home, snuggled into my favorite chair, the Lazy Boy, where I can put on my slippers and settle back in front of the T.V. to watch the Red Wings playoff game (too bad they lost). I do enjoy traveling; especially when I am visiting an area that is new to me. This week we had meetings in Miami. I have never really been to Miami other than the airport, so this was an interesting trip. We were able to take in a baseball game, sort of, and last night we had dinner in the South Beach area of Miami Beach. What a terrific meal. Afterward, we visited the Clevlander, a famous night spot. After all the meetings and the sightseeing, it sure feels great to get back home and retire to the old Lazy Boy. Ahh, home sweet home. 🙂

Day 105 – Here Kitty Kitty

This is Mrowli. He runs the show around here, both dogs respect him and give him plenty of room. It’s funny, because Mrowli was de-clawed as a kitten. When we adopted him, he came without claws. But he can still pack a pretty good punch with his clawless paws! I shot this photo in available light with a 50mm lens set at f/1.8 and the shutter at 1/80 second. I had to bump up the ISO to 1,000 to have enough light. I like the look in his eyes, very intense.

Day 104 – Half Moon

Have you ever had one of those nights where you just can’t sleep anymore? That was me last night. I either went to sleep too early or maybe it was the 2 cups of coffee before I went to sleep that did it. I hit the sack at about 9:30, which is early for me, I’m usually an 11:00 bed time person. I woke up at 2:00am and tossed and turned for about 2 hours. Finally I decided to stop trying to sleep anymore. I looked outside and saw this beautiful, half moon shining and decided to shoot a few photos. I read a great “How to” on the DPS website (Digital Photography School) yesterday. Arlon had a post on his technique for shooting the moon. So, I followed the instructions and what you see here is the result. Thanks for posting that great “How to” Arlon. Now if I can just get a few winks in before it’s time to wake up… 🙂

Day 103 – Antique Wagon

Vicki and I rode our bikes up to the Dead Creek Saloon for dinner tonight. They have great burgers; we will usually order carry out, but riding the bikes, we decided to dine in tonight. This old antique wagon sits outside the saloon. I love the way it looks with the weathered wood, and the wheels in need of repair. It’s a scene from the pioneer days. Can you imagine crossing the country in one of these? Because we were on bikes, I only had the iPhone to take this photograph. Once again, I am very impressed with the quality of the 8 megapixel camera this phone comes equipped with. I shot this in HDR mode and then added an antique finish to it using OnOne’s Perfect Frame. I think the finish fits the scene nicely.