Morning Fog

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The fog was thick this morning, making my trek across Michigan’s thumb, a slow cautious, time consuming journey.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

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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.

Corn and Clouds

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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.

Camping at Rifle River State Park

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.

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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.

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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 235 – Freshmen Move in Day at CUC

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Today was freshmen move in day at Concordia University Chicago (CUC). We packed and shuttled our youngest, Justin to Chicago for his freshman year at the University. Vicki and I are now empty nesters with our two kids attending college. Many questions spring up kn my mind… How and when did we get so old? How will we manage without kids in the house? Will the house stay cleaner longer? Will Justin remember to call Vicki every night?
Helping Justin move in and seeing his dorm room, meeting his roommate, and being welcomed by his Resident Assistant was a comfort for us as parents. We waved goodbye to our youngest and drove off, confident that Justin will do well, and also a little sad, knowing we will miss seeing and visiting him daily. Its all part of growing up; Vicki and me growing as parents, and Justin continuing to grow and learn as a young man. Wow, where did those years go?

Day 203 – H.I.M.


Serendipity is a word that describes something pleasant that was unexpected. I experienced serendipity earlier today while shooting photos at Ogemaw Hills Bike Week 2012. A couple decided to get married at the small church in the woods. I was asked to shoot some photos of the wedding service. I wasn’t sure what to expect, just like the rest of the week. There were two big burly bikers at the church welcoming everyone to “Biker Church”. One of the bikers had the pin pictured above on his worn leather vest. I asked him what it meant, it looked like some sort of foreign language with letters I didn’t recognize. He asked me, “don’t you see it?” I could not see it, but then realized it was one of those optical illusion puzzles. Can you see what it says?

So, back to the serendipity thing… I never expected to find two strong Christian men actively ministering to the lost and the hurting, at Bike Week. Both men had experienced the hurt that comes from living in a broken world and clinging to that world and all the stink, filth, and sorrow that goes along with it. Now they both reach out to others who are in need, but may not know or realize it yet. Our Lord loves everyone and asks us to do the same, like the song we learned long ago in Sunday School says, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Oh, want to know what the acronymn H.I.M stands for? Hogs In Ministry.

Day 198 – Vintage and Burnouts

This Harley Davidson was on display in the Exhibit area at Bike Week. I really like the vintage bikes, and of course vintage bikes should be rendered in black and white. This reminds me of the motorcycle police bikes way back. This one is a 1957, older than me. 🙂
Flash forward to today, this evening just before the sun set, as I was making my way around camp, looking for photo ops, I came across the burnout area. Yep, this is where they line up to burn rubber. John, pictured here saw me with the camera and graciously volunteered to do a burnout for me. Wow, check out all the smoke. Great burnout John.