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The Beauty of Christmas 2013

Yesterday on Christmas Eve my wife and I took a drive and spent several hours just taking photos of the beauty around us.  Earlier in the week there had been an ice storm, and the days that followed were peppered with snowfall.  On Christmas Eve the clouds left for awhile,…

Amish Winter

Winter Visions

In Southwest Michigan we are frequently subjected to snow storms during this time of year.  Last week I was driving through one rural area, and the intensity of the storm I was driving into began to increase.  At one point along the road, I happened upon an Amish buggy with…

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Can You Find the Squirrel?

There is a squirrel hiding in this park populated by geese, trying to fit in and not be recognized. Can you see him? Did anyone notice he was there?  By the way, our squirrels in Battle Creek are jet black.  Supposedly imported from elsewhere.

Some ideas will isolate you from others if you express them.

Ducks on an Icy Pond

I was driving by a small park near downtown Battle Creek, Michigan the other day and I saw there were still ducks, geese and swan out on the pond.  I pulled into the parking area for a few minutes, and took a few shots with my camera.  Seeing the ducks…

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Dance Like No One is Watching

I have never been much of a fan of dance routines as a form of entertainment. However, I do know many people that are. People as a whole love to dance. When I shot the video below of a dance act featured at the Cereal Festival in downtown Battle Creek…

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The Solemnity of the Moment: Cornfield on a Winter Morning

The other day I was in a rural area North of where I live driving from an appointment.  I stopped at an intersection, and took the photo below.  It was a winter morning and it was around 11 degrees outside.  The sky was a crisp blue, and the field was…

Nature Inspiration

Butterflies are Living Art

A few years ago my wife and I went to visit the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids in May, and shot videos of the Butterfly exhibit that is held there annually. If you have ever tried to photograph or video butterflies, I can tell you it is not as easy…

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A Day of Writing

Sundays have become my day to disconnect and focus on my writings.  I usually devote my day to working on my book projects, after finishing any basic chores I have allotted myself for the day to accomplish.  The majority of has become my day to absorb myself in my blog writing, book…

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Hot Air Balloons Make Time Stand Still

The hot air balloons that cross the skies of Battle Creek in the summer months of July each year are part of the joy of living in my town.  A few years ago I attended and filmed a ‘Balloon Illume’ event at the Field of Flight Air Show near the…

Church signs

Inspirational Sign for the BrokenHearted

I do a lot of driving around to small communities as a Realtor, and I always try to pay attention to church signs when I see them.  Some are quite funny, some are inspirational, and others are just heart warming.  The other day I drove by this sign in front…

Tekonsha, Michigan

Tekonsha, Michigan

Driving through small communities like Tekonsha, Michigan always reminds me of the classic community spirit of America’s past.  This small community boasts it is a ‘Small village with a big Heart’ on its signs as you enter.  The village population has remained in the low 700’s with a slight increase…

Beauty

Beauty is all around us

Beauty is all around us. It is in the places sometimes you never thought to look.  It can be around the corner, ans surprise you sometimes, such that you forget to notice it.  It is in animals, plants, and art. It is in people, places and things. Beauty has a…