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.
Wow what a gorgeous St. Patrick’s Day in Frankenmuth! We hit the 80 degree mark today! Although there isn’t much green yet, it was a beautiful walk along the Cass River. This is the view from the dock where the Paddle Wheel boat is parked during the summer months. Looking up the river, you can see the covered bridge and a cloudless blue sky. The only thing missing is the green grass and the leaves on the trees, otherwise this was a perfect summer setting on this late winter day. Happy St. Patty’s day to all! I leave you with this old Irish blessing,
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Yesterday I was bemoaning the fact that it was gray and dull and the sun didn’t shine, oh what a whiner I was. Well today was gorgeous! The sun was out early and what a beautiful blue sky we had, with nice puffy white clouds. I quickly grabbed the Nikon and set it up for another HDR shot. I shot this one handheld. I was reading Dimitrii’s blog on how to shoot HDR in 3 easy steps recently and he mentioned that a sky with clouds is desirable for HDR photos. Well today the sky was cooperative. Thank you Lord for providing us with such a beautiful day today, making the everyday scenery sparkle with the light you shine down on us all.
What a beautiful day to drive by the river. I stopped by the Panda House in Saginaw to pick up dinner. I decided to bring my Nikon D300S, just in case, the lighting was really nice this evening just before the sunset. This time of day is sometimes referred to as the golden hour. It also occurs in the morning just after sunrise and provides beautiful lighting. I love the golden glow of the sun shining on the concrete bridge, and the rail and lamp posts running off into the distance. There were gray clouds, but they enhanced the scene. This is the Holland Street Bridge which crosses the Saginaw River. It wasn’t our typical February day, in past years we would see this area populated with ice fishermen. Today there were fishermen, but they were in their boats enjoying time on the river, in search of walleye no doubt. I didn’t have to catch my dinner, just carried it out from Panda House, placed it in the truck and that shot a few frames before heading back to eat dinner with Amanda and Vicki.
Sunday, after worship I took out my iPhone and photographed the altar area of our church, Faith Lutheran in Bridgeport, MI. These verses come to mind, ““For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16, 17 NIV84)
I was out running a couple of errands this morning and on the way home, I decided to stop by one of my favorite places in Frankenmuth, the Gugel Bridge. Note the spelling , it’s different from the search engine website. The bridge crosses the Cass River and is a foot / bike bridge. This is the first time I’ve visited the bridge in the winter. I love the combination of wood and steel, along with the woods and water of the Cass. Today was especially nice with the beautiful blue sky and puffy white clouds as a back drop. My only regret was the tracks in the snow, I really love seeing fresh snow. These were tracks from an animal, and as I looked over the bridge, I warmed to the idea that a man made object could be helpful for one of God’s creatures. We hear so much about how much damage man does to the environment and wildlife, it’s refreshing to think that this bridge opens new territory for the little creature that used it to cross over to the other side of the frigid Cass river. Man and nature in harmony! I love it.