Another bucket list item, The Grand Canyon, was crossed off. Vicki and I made the 10.5 hour drive from the beautiful, Sequoia National Park, to The amazing, Grand Canyon National Park. It was well worth the drive. Another stone words, beyond pictures, have to see it to believe it wonder. We spent three days viewing the Grand Canyon from the South Rim. We were awestruck. You must see it to feel the magnitude.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My daughter, Amanda performed her Senior Recital last Sunday. It must have been more than coincidence that her performance was on Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate and remember Jesus’ Triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. This performance of Amanda’s was her Triumphal Swan song for her college career at Saginaw Valley State University. I know I am a biased dad, but Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff never sounded so beautiful. Amanda looked beautiful and poured her soul into each piece she played, it was amazing. Truly one of my proudest moments as a dad. Well done Amanda! Now on to the next chapter…
This picture was taken while she was warming up.
Driving through farm country today I was enjoying the beautiful sunshine and blue sky. I came upon this old farm house amongst a plethora of wind turbines. Technology has come a long way since the day this house was built. What was once perhaps a dairy farm with livestock such as cows, horses, chicken, pigs, sheep, and goats; is now a wind farm with no live stock and from all appearances, no human inhabitants. If only houses and walls could speak, what tales they would tell.
What a beautiful ,sunshiny, day we had today. With temperatures near 40 degrees, Spring was in the air… or at least the hope of Spring. I saw this barren tree on the frozen, snow covered shore of Lake Huron. The blue sky provides a beautiful backdrop for the lacy branches of the tree. It is still winter, but Spring is just around the corner.
This is the main intersection in Peck, Michigan. So small is this Villuage, there isn’t even a traffic light, only a 4 way stop with stop signs. There is a Post Office though.
One of the beautiful stained glass windows at our church, Faith Lutheran Church, Bridgeport, Michigan. I enjoy spending worshipping in The Lord’s house. It was especially enjoyable today as we had the whole family together.
When you visit Chicago, you have to checkout the sculpture, Cloud Gate, also known as, The Bean.
this is another work area in the Schmitt Dental Laboratory. This is the Boil-out tank, don’t ask me how it works, I don’t know the details, only that its one of the steps in denture making.
Work Bench, shot with iPhone 4S and processed in Dynamic Light and Snapseed for the “grunge” effect, which I think fits nicely with this scene.