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“Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Some day we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you.”
– Maya Angelou



Today’s post is all about variety. There’s no category or theme; just some shots that I like. Enjoy!

grape hyacinth

Doors of Mackinac Island



dandelion same Collage

horse face1

vets office

Let there be color!

We’ve been on vacation up on Mackinac Island for a while but it’s back to reality now! This coming week all of my posts will be shots of Mackinac. Today’s pictures will be of the drive up there. It’s about a six hour ride from home and the further we got into Michigan, the more vibrant the trees became. We always stop in Big Rapids to stretch and gas up the Jeep. @Elizababble took over driving so I could take pictures.

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012


Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012


Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012

Michigan Autumn Colors - 2012


I’m always intrigued by things that have been abandoned. I wonder what the story is; How did it get there? What secrets do they hold? Recently, I was lucky enough to come upon a little “abandonment” in the woods.

First, there was this. Hmmmmmmmm It was a rope, not an electric wire or anything. How serious could they be?

It was a nice hike in the woods; eerily quiet too.

Then I spotted this:

I wondered how long it had been there. Did animals live inside? Where did the back of the truck go?

I turned around and about 50′ away I saw this truck who had met the same fate. This one still had part of the truck bed on it, but over the years it had been covered with branches and fallen trees.
Abandoned truck in the woods

I looked inside to get a glimpse of a little history: Mostly what I got a glimpse of was dirt, but it was surprisingly in decent shape.
Abandoned truck

Another picture of the first truck and then I went back under the “Keep Out” sign. No harm done. 🙂

“It’s a bug eat bug world out there”

“It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there. One of those Circle of Life kind of things. Now let me tell you how things are supposed to work: The sun grows the food, the ants pick the food, the grasshoppers eat the food.”

“A Bug’s Life” 1998

You say goodbye and I say hello….



Indiana Dunes

15 miles of coastline, over 70 miles of trails and more than 350 species of bird…..Come for a visit; you won’t be disappointed!

God Bless America

Printed, Matted and Framed

I’ve been busy for the past week getting photos printed, framed and ready to go. The owner of a recently opened shop in Chesterton asked me if she could hang some of my photos on her walls. (They would also be for sale). In addition she said she would be happy to sell them at a local festival this weekend. Needless to say, I’m very grateful to Machelle Blount of “Chelle’s” for her interest in my photos.

Here are a few shots of some of the pictures that will be for sale.

Thanks Summer, It’s been a blast!

Summer 2012

A couple of kids and a llama

Gentle Giants

Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant; the only harmless great thing.
John Donne

The Great, Great Lakes

“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”
― Nicholas Sparks

A little color goes a long way

There is no black-and-white situation. It’s all part of life. Highs, lows, middles.
-Van Morrison

“Good morning, Storm”

“It takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.”
― Bruce Barton

A storm blew in off of Lake Michigan this morning. The trees were smiling.

Even a hummingbird takes a break

I was sitting on the patio earlier today and saw this male hummingbird resting in a tree.

Hummingbird resting

Hummingbird resting

Hummingbird resting

It’s been a great summer!

“Summer; When the waves kiss your feet, the sand is your seat and your friends outnumber the stars” – Unknown

When you can’t choose just one….

One photo might be good, but more than one might be great.

Shadows of the Mackinac Bridge south tower. More about my climb to the top of the bridge is here.

Moon Progression

Bicycles of Mackinac Island

Nature gets it right every time

“Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”
  – Dale Carnegie

Backyard Beauty

I feel a responsibility to my backyard. I want it to be taken care of and protected.
Annie Leibovitz

A baby Bluebirds first flight out of the nesting box. He turned around and flew right back in. (he left a while later)

I took all of these pictures in my backyard. 🙂

Light & Shadow

“Stop in somebody’s shadow to rest and cool down, and you are lost. No one can make anyone else happy.”
― Peter Deunov

I snapped this shot in my backyard. I loved the strong shadow cast by the flower.

The Buzz

“One can no more approach people without love than one can approach bees without care. Such is the quality of bees…”
― Leo Tolstoy


“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”
― John Lubbock

Photopalooza Tuesday!

This weeks Photopalooza pictures aren’t necessarily my favorite photos, but they all have meaning or a story.

I saw this house purely by accident one day. I call it the Amazing Technicolor Dream House. Whatever this place is, it looks like a party.

I got my braces when I was 48. I just turned 50 when they came off. It’s never too late! I’ve been smiling ever since!

We’ve done a lot of bike rides but this was the first night ride. It was interesting and very dark. 🙂

This is a portion of a beam from the World Trade Center. It is on display at Purdue University North Central. Every time I look at this picture, I think “If this beam could talk.” Still very sad to think about that day.

I love biking around Mackinac Island and anywhere else for that matter. Here I am getting my bike tattoo on the back of my leg.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails. I love these guys. The one on the left is just a couple days older than the one on the right. We’ve yet to see one make it to the cocoon stage. Click here to read all about these little guys.

The End.

See you next Tuesday for a new Photopalooza!