Day 353 – Grand Reflections

20121218-211548.jpgone of the greatest benefits of having a pianist for a daughter, I get to be there while she is practicing! This shot is a reflection on the lid of the grand piano at Faith Lutheran Church.

Day 182 – Celebrations

Today’s post is all about celebrations. You see, it’s the time of year when we celebrate high school graduations by attending parties. We celebrate, not so much because the students made it through high school, as if we had doubts they would; we celebrate the culmination of 13 years, counting kindergarten, of waking up and getting showered, dressed, eating breakfast, and either waiting for the bus, a ride, or walking to school. We celebrate the milestones achieved along the way. But, most of all we celebrate the beginning of the journey of life in the “real world”. Whether the student is going off to college, serving in the military, or beginning their career, it’s all new and challenging for them. This is the part we are celebrating. Congratulations to Kyle, my nephew in the photo, with his girlfriend Taylor. We had a great time visiting with family and eating terrific food.  Thanks Dennis and Betty for being such gracious hosts.  Kyle, we wish you the very best on the next leg of your journey.

We also attended Chelsey’s graduation party this evening and visited and ate great food with good friends. Mark and Chris Klein were also gracious hosts and we really enjoyed the ice cold beer on this 90 degree afternoon.  Thanks for the invitation to join in the celebration.  Chelsey, congrats to you and we also wish you the very best as you begin your journey.

The other celebration was last night.
My wife Vicki, and her business partner, Mary Ann, celebrated their 2nd year of being in business together.  Together they have worked to successfully build a profitable Dental Lab, which they purchased from Vicki’s father.  Schmitt Dental Lab, Inc. is a Legacy Lab, Vicki is a third generation owner.  I am very proud of Vicki and Mary Ann, and what they have been able to accomplish in the face of a really slow economy.  Both have worked hard and made great sacrifices to achieve this success, so it was nice to see them relax and enjoy the moment.  We celebrated at The King Fish restaurant in Bay City, Michigan with Mary Ann and her husband, Mike.  The picture above is a reflection in the water of the Tikki Bar. Now after all this celebrating, I believe it’s time to kick back, grab a cool drink, and watch a movie with my family. Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

Day 130 – The Grand River

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Attending a business meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the banks of the Grand River. The buildings sparkle in the sunlight as the river flows by. From Wikipedia, “The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. It runs 252 miles (406 km)[2] through the cities of Jackson, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Grand Haven.

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The city lights create beautiful reflections on the river. Photos taken with iPhone 4S.

Day 31 By Candle Light

I am still searching my surroundings for photo opportunities. There are so many that I have overlooked in the past, now as I search for a photo for each day, I am taking notice of some of the little details I may have overlooked. This is a votive candle holder we have had for a long time. I have always enjoyed it. I love the way the candle lights dance behind the cracked glass and the reflections that result from this dance. There is life in the light, and warmth, a very relaxing light. I wonder how the glass was produced with the cracks and how it remains in tact, without falling into pieces on our dining room table. I used my Nikon D300s with a 50 mm lens for this shot, hand held at f 2.0 for 1/50th of a second. I love the low light results this camera can deliver.