Day 251 – Coffee Lovers


I had originally planned on posting a vintage car photo from Auto Fest tonight. This is the night when Main Street, in Frankenmuth, is closed down and classic cars line both sides of the street. It’s like a big block party, only it’s the whole downtown area in Frankenmuth. It makes for a great evening out. The only problem, rain. We decided we did not want to venture out in the rain, so we stayed in tonight. Now I had to plan a new photo. As I looked around the house in search of something I had not already shot, I saw the bag of Seattles Best coffee. Vicki and I love coffee, and we really love Starbucks coffee. We have one of those coffee makers that you fill with whole bean coffee so each pot of coffee is made with fresh, ground coffee. We rarely venture away from our beloved Starbucks. Well, recently Vicki had a coupon for Seattles Best coffee. Once you become a coupon shopper, you know you must buy the brand you have a coupon for. So, she brought Seattle’s Best home and we tried it. You know what? We really enjoyed the coffee. It was full bodied and tasted just about as good as Starbucks. The only problem is that the bolder flavor isn’t available in whole bean, only ground. But we did save $2 vs. the Starbucks. Now days you take your savings whenever you can.

Day 229 – Cloudscape

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A beautiful day for cloudscapes, big beautiful puffy white clouds hanging in the deep blue sky. Pictured below is the Bavarian Lodge, under construction, adding an indoor water slide.

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Day 207 – Shoes


It was a strange day for us, weatherwise in Frankenmuth. Like many areas in the U.S., we have been experiencing drout like conditions. This morning we had rain, in fact it started early this morning as thunderstorm, at about 4:00 am, if I remember correctly. By 10:00am it had stopped and the sun came out. I stopped on my way back from running some errands and decided to take some pictures of the fountain in the welcome center. The fountain features a young boy splashing in the water, blowing bubbles while the fountain rains down on him. The sculptor captured a lot of detail, right down to the boy’s shoes sitting on the side of the fountain. He must have taken them off so they wouldn’t get wet. I like the detail of the shoes with the refreshing water in the background. The rain came once again, later in the day, plenty of rain. We do need a good soaking.

Day 177 – Fence Line

I love split rail fences and the texture of the weathered wood. This is the fence line that runs along the West end of the Fortress golf course in Frankenmuth. I shot this at about 8:00pm, as the sun was sinking low in the West, creating a golden glow.

Day 175 – Day Lilly Dew

We had a heavy dew this morning in Frankenmuth, Michigan. I took an early Saturday morning stroll to the Frankenmuth Visitor’s Center and captured the day lillies covered with morning dew.

If you’ve never been to Frankenmuth before, you owe it to yourself to visit. Frankenmuth is also known as “Little Bavaria” and is a Sister city to Gunzenhausen, Germany.

Day 143 – Last Band Concert

Tonight was Justin’s last high school band concert at Frankenmuth High. Justin has been playing the trumpet since the 5th grade, so concerts are nothing new to him. Tonight though, this would be his last high school concert. I can remember times during my senior year (a very long time ago), when I would pause to say to myself, “this is the last time…” I took this available light shot of Justin, as all the band members were entering the stage area and taking their places. I like the way the light is shining on him. I think he has that contemplative look, as if he is saying to himself, “this is my last high school band concert”. You often hear coaches say before the big game, “play this one as if it’s the last one you’ll ever play”. Tonight the band played as if it were their last time; and they sounded terrific. Way to go Justin! Way to go Frankenmuth High School Band, you played beautifully. Congratulations seniors!

Day 140 – Chevy Monochrome

This is an old (1932?) Chevy. I like the way it looks as a monochrome photo. It takes me back to a time when things were simpler. I can picture this old Chevy in an old Edward G. Robinson gangster movie. This old Chevy is parked in front of the Leather Shop in Frankenmuth. I’ve always enjoyed cars. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Both of my grandfathers, worked in auto factories; Grandpa Lewis worked for Chrysler, while Grandpa Kiser worked for Buick. If my memory serves me right, Grandma Kiser worked in a Chevrolet factory before she went back to school to finish her teaching degree. Uncle Bill and my Mom both worked for Ford. You get the picture; growing up in the Detroit area with many of my relatives working for the auto companies, I learned to appreciate cars, especially the American made variety. I like old cars and new cars and really enjoy the Frankenmuth Auto-fest, which is held in early September each year. That’s when you can walk the streets downtown and see all the classics, both custom and original. It’s a car lover’s dream come true.

Day 125 – The BPAC Stage

We affectionately call it the BPAC. The full name is the Bronner Performing Arts Center. Frankenmuth High is the home of the BPAC, where the high school students perform. Tonight we attended the Spring Concert, this is Justin’s last performance at the BPAC. It didn’t really hit me until I was there listening to the choirs perform, that this would be the last time we would attend a performance, with a Lewis at the BPAC. It kind of makes me feel old. It wasn’t too long ago we were attending a Venner performance during Amanda’s freshman year. Now, seven years later we say so long to Justin’s high school performances. I thought the empty stage was a telling photo that conveyed my feelings. The last Lewis has left the BPAC… and we begin a new chapter.

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.

Day 80 The Road Less Traveled

As I was walking this evening, I turned down the dirt road and a poem by Robert Frost came to mind, The Road Not Taken…

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Be sure to enjoy your journey and remember to take the road less traveled, you may be surprised at what you find.

Day 79 Last Sunset of Winter

This is a view of the last sunset of winter from behind the lacey branches of the willow tree. We bid you ado Mr. Winter! Today was officially the last day of winter. We had record temperatures today in Frankenmuth, with temperatures climbing over 80 degrees again today. This has been one of the mildest winters I can remember. I am cautiously optimistic that we are finished with the winter weather, but I am looking back over my shoulder; somewhat ready for the big surprise snowstorm. It has happened before. We usually have a snow storm in April, one last hurrah from Mr. Winter, just a parting shot to remember him by. I hope this isn’t the case. I am ready for Spring and the rain and new growth that comes with the new season. The great weather has given us all a touch of Spring fever, here in Frankenmuth.

Day 77 St Patricks Day in Frankenmuth

 

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.

Day 59 Reflections on the Cass

A cold gray day this February 28th, normally the last day of the month.  This year we get a bonus day in February, because it’s a leap year.  The Cass River was very reflective this evening, even though it was gloomy out, I was able to catch some nice reflections.  This is a photo of the Marv Herzog Hotel, in Frankenmuth, MI.  Located on Main Street, you are right in the heart of the action when you stay here.  I like the reflections of the hotel in the river.