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…

A Forgotten Tree of Yesteryear

I was traveling through the rural community of Dowling, Michigan in my work as a Realtor recently, and paused to take a photo of this tree with its backdrop against the morning sky.  It was not what one could consider to be a living tree any longer, although there does…

Finding Inspiration in Small Things

Finding inspiration in life sometimes is not easy.  As a writer, I love to look at other people, things around me and events that happen in my life.  Sometimes it the simple, or small things in life that inspire me to write about it.  Although it may not seem like…

The Fresh Magic of a New Year

January always impresses upon me the freshness of a New Year.  Thinking about the twelve months ahead seems somewhat magical in a sense.  It is like an clean sheet of paper in a typewriter, and you are at the keys waiting to write.  The air is crisp and cold, and…

Taking in a Sunset

Sometimes when you are driving, you have to reach over for your camera and snap a photo.  I know that is how it goes with me as a photographer.  I love to keep a camera handy, as you never know when life is going to show you something that makes…

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Kissing a Toad, Hoping for a Prince

Over the Thanksgiving weekend I visited Miami, Florida.  On Sunday, my wife and I took time to visit a tourist trap in the Everglades where they took you on a boat ride and then you got to sit in at a small nature show.  As part of the nature show,…

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The Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Michigan

The Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Michigan consists of 72 acres of land that were donated to the city in 1922 by Leila Post Montgomery, the wife of cereal magnate C.W. Post. The Arboretum consists of 25,000 plants, trees and shrubs and is largely funded by private donations and maintained…

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Walking the Trails of Fort Custer

One of the State of Michigan Recreation areas is called Fort Custer, and it is located between Battle Creek and Augusta, in Kalamazoo County.  The area consists of 3000 plus acres of forest preserve, complete with hiking trails, rivers and lakes.  There are campgrounds, and picnic areas and even a…

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Autumn in Michigan Offers Color in the Extreme

Autumn in Michigan offers color in the extreme.  All around the State right now is a mix of color with the leaves turning gold, orange, red and yellow.  The display is quite something to behold, and draws people out in the crisp fall air to go walking or driving to…

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The Quest for the Perfect Sunset

While visiting Florida and attending a wedding, I took some time to admire the setting.  Located at Indian Rocks Beach near Clearwater, I took several shots of a magnificent sunset.  I could go on and on about the details of this beautiful spectacle of Mother Nature, but instead I will…

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A Royal Shelter from the Elements

I was visiting the Binder Park Zoo this past Memorial Day weekend, and towards the end of my visit it started to rain.  If there is one thing that will universally empty a zoo of people, it is rain.  When the downpour began, I, as luck would have it was…