My wife and I have always wanted to see the giant Sequoia trees in California. We flew from Michigan, into Las Vegas, and rented a car so we could drive to Sequoia National Park. We stayed at the Wuksachi Lodge, a beautiful hotel and restaurant high on the mountain, nestled among the Sequoias. These mammoth trees are unbelievable. They are so wide, they’re almost cartoonish, like they don’t belong among the other trees. We viewed them in awestruck wonder. The pictures do not do these giants justice.
This is a great national park. Our only regret was that we were unable to hike the trails, as 2 feet of new snow fell the night before arrival. Spring comes late in the Sierras, very beautiful mountain scenery along with breath taking views of the Sequoia trees.
Christ is Risen; He has Risen indeed! We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, who conquered sin, death, and the devil when he rose from death on that first Easter.
It seemed fitting to me that on this beautiful Easter Day, we have signs of a new season. It has been a long winter here in Michigan, but today we had temperatures in the mid 70s, and our trees are finally budding.
It was a crisp clear sunny morning. The sun providing a back light to the beautiful ice clad branches of the trees against a clear blue sky. It’s Christmas Eve morning. Looks like we will indeed have a white Christmas.
Last night brought us a winter storm. There was snow followed by a “wintertime mix” of snow, rain, and ice. The end result is an icy layer on everything; including the old corn crib.
Vicki and I spent a wonderful, quiet weekend at The Shack, in Jugville, Michigan. What a fantastic place! The building is a beautiful log cabin that just sucks you in and makes you feel very relaxed and comfortable.
The fog was thick this morning, making my trek across Michigan’s thumb, a slow cautious, time consuming journey.
While camping this weekend we took a side trip up to Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, just North of Harrisville, MI. I took this shot from the shore and tweaked it with Snapseed and Dynamic Light.
Just noticed this for the first time today. Oh, gas stations have been charging customers for air, for a long time, but we see the results of inflation, when it comes to inflating your tires. The cost is $1.00 and now you can use a charge card! I wonder how many tires you can inflate for $1.00… To think, we used to ride our bikes to the gas station and fill our tires for free and then buy a candy bar for a nickel!
I was driving home from my last call in Fairview and was taking in the rural beauty. The sky was a deep blue and filled with beautiful puffy, cotton-like clouds, all hovering over a field of corn; a typical rural skyline in Michigan’s “Thumb”. I couldn’t resist, I stopped the truck, rolled down the window, and captured the scene with my iPhone 4S.
Traveling from Port Austin to Port Hope, I stopped to shoot the Port Aux Barques Lighthouse with my iPhone 4S. I processed using Snapseed and Dynamic Light.
Love the refreshing Leinenkugel Summer Shandy! Preferably in a frosted mug. How do you beat the heat?
While camping at Rifle River State Park, we came across this cable bridge. A very cool looking bridge but you need to hang on while crossing because it does swing and bounce.
On our way back to camp I saw my very First Lady Slipper growing on the edge of the forest close to the road. I was fortunate to get a shot of this one as it was mowed down the next day.
While waiting for our pizza, Amanda and I took a stroll down by the Cass River in Bridgeport
Lewie and Gloria are Yorkie puppies 4 weeks old. They love to cuddle, eat, sleep, play, and sleep some more. Ahhh, the life of a puppy.
While working in Columbiaville, I caught the city workers flushing the hydrant, spraying a fountain high in the air. I’m sure if school was not in session, there would have been children dancing in the spray. I shot this with my iPhone and processed in Snapseed and Dynamic Light.
Driving through the Thumb area, I came across this old gas station. I remember my grandma calling them “filling stations”. I had to pull over and shoot it. Shot with my iPhone 4S.
I remember when I was a youngster there was a commercial advertising Prince Spaghetti. The commercial dubbed Wednesday as “Prince Spaghetti Day”. I wonder how many of you remember that commercial. Yesterday, Wednesday, I scoured the cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer in search of something for dinner. I finally settled on spaghetti with a ground turkey and mushroom sauce. I liked the way the pasta and sauce looked so I shot it with my iPhone 4S. I didn’t realize until today that it was Spaghetti day yesterday. For those of you who are too young to remember Anthony in the Prince Spaghetti commercial, here is the original commercial from Youtube. Enjoy!
Prince Spaghetti Commercial
This is a post I meant to make last week. I shot this with my iPhone 4S last week, Easter Sunday, right after our Easter Son Rise Worship service. Easter is a joyful celebration. We celebrate Our Lord and Savior, Jesus conquering death. I just love the smell of the flowers when we enter the Sanctuary on Easter morning. I really like the arrangement of the flowers around the foot of the cross, and the sunlight pouring in through the sky lights had a nice effect. This shot is straight out of the camera with no processing.
I love the architecture of these old buildings, the workmanship shows so much attention to detail. This was processed in Snapseed as a sepia tone. This old City Hall building is being renovated. Glad it’s being preserved and not demolished.