Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye to 2010

As another year winds down, I hope your holidays, whichever holiday you celebrate was most excellent, and you have a safe and happy New Years Eve.

I'm personally glad 2010 is done. It was a challenging year for me personally. Because of that, I did far less photography than I planned. I'm looking forward to 2011 and hopefully a better year, and more time spent out with the camera.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

St. Joseph Lighthouse

I ran down to the St. Joseph lighthouse Sunday evening since I had heard the walkway around the outer light had fallen. It had, and there was a nice coating of ice on it as well.

I tried to walk out to the outer light, but since there hasn't been much snow this year on the west side of Michigan, the pier was just glare ice. That and the water being kicked up over the pier made me decide that I didn't want the photograph that much.

I grabbed a long lens, and just shot from the beach. The sun was playing hide and seek behind the clouds, but the light was still good. I wanted to stay later, even thought there wasn't going to be a nice sunset, but I had left my tripod at home. I was going back later this week, but the weather report is rain and forty degree temperatures. That will pretty much ruin the coating of ice for a while. Since there is plenty of winter left, I'm sure I'll make it back down there again.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Swans, Beaver, and a new Puppy. What more do you want?

Kelly was gracious enough this past Sunday to show me some of her photo spots in the Jenison area. I had mentioned an overheard talk about a pair of Bald Eagles flying around the area, and she knew where they spent a lot of time. We met mid-afternoon and drove to the site. An old gravel pit surrounded by trees and rusting machinery. A couple of signs prohibiting hunting and off-road vehicles, but that was it. We wandered around the area a bit, and did get a far off glimpse of an immature eagle, but it wasn't really close enough to get a photo.

We hopped back in the car and drove down the road. It dead ended and while I was turning around, we noticed a sign proclaiming it a county park/recreation area. Kelly had never been there, so we got out and walked around.

The first think we noticed was what looked like evidence of beaver in the area. We found a lot of trees like the above, one or two with the bark just girdled and one gnawed halfway through. We talked to a fisherman who mentioned they had heard what sounded like a tail slap of the animal, so we walked around a bit to get acquainted with the area. We never did find the animal, but we did find a lot more photographic possibilities.

We did see a set of swans, some of them still had brown on the wings which means they are immature birds.

Generally a beautiful area to photograph and not too far from home. I've been looking for a place to do a project on, with some water and woodlands close to me, and I think this will work.

I did promise a photo of our new puppy. Here it is. Meet Annie. A 12 week old Golden Retriever pup, you will probably see some more of her here and there. Not a lot, but she will turn up now and again. She came with us for the walk, and seemed to really enjoy it. Kelly was walking her, while I was photographing, and the dog slipped the leash once. Rather than run away, she headed straight for me. A good thing to know, I can worry a bit less when I take her out with me in the future.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Ionia Fairgrounds

Another film scan I just got finished. An arch for the "Entertainment Park" at the Ionia Fair Grounds. Taken in the spring of 2010, I just got around to scanning it.

More coming.