Category Archives: Southwest Michigan


Winter Storm Bruce

We woke up this morning to 4-5″ of wet heavy snow.  If nobody had to drive in it, it would be pretty.Well, even then it is still pretty.  Here’s a few pictures for all my southern/warm weather friends.              

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Eclipse Photo Composite

Well, this is probably the last of the eclipse photos I’ll post.  I put together a composite image of 9 photos across the time of the eclipse. You can see a larger view by clicking on the image. Mark

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Eclipse Time Lapse Video

I photographed the eclipse yesterday at a near-by park.  My goal was to take a photo every minute and make a time lapse video.  Well, the clouds interfered with the first few minutes and then intermittently after that.  However, I did manage to put something together.  I’m sorry it is a bit jittery, but the clouds did interfere some.    

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Initial Eclipse Photos

Here in southwest Michigan, we had about 85% coverage for the solar eclipse.  No, not the total eclipse that others had, but still a pretty neat experience.  I claimed my space at the local park, got my gear set up, and watch the clouds roll in.  However, the clouds finally moved on and I only missed the first 15-20 minutes of the show.  Here are […]

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Baby Robins

I’ve been blessed to have a robin’s nest just outside my office window.  I have watched the robins build the nest and sit on the eggs.  Now, the eggs have hatched and there are three baby robins being fed non-stop by their parents. These photos were taken with a long lens from inside so as not to startle the robins.           […]

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Home Flower Garden

This is the time of year when the flowers in Rose’s flower beds are really beautiful.  Although I took these photos a couple weeks ago, and things change every day, they are still beautiful.  Here are some photos from the garden and yard. Hostas (aka Deer Candy or Deer Salad) have a nice blossom.   The butterflies seem to like monarda.       Rose […]

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Meijer’s Gardens – Children’s Garden

There is one garden at Meijer’s Gardens that is for the kids.  Yes, there were a lot of kids there, but it was fun for adults, too.     One area is meant to get kids to explore their five senses. Hearing   Smelling   Touching   Seeing   and Tasting   The Human Sundial   This water feature is a map of the Great […]

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Meijer Gardens – Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is one of the new features since we had last been to Meijer Gardens.  The garden was designed by Hoichi Kurisu and the firm Kurisu International and was opened to the public in the spring of 2015. As per the custom of Japanese gardens, visitors are invited to wash their hands before entering.   There are a number of large pieces of granite […]

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Meijer Gardens – Part 2

Continuing our tour of Meijer Gardens.  Fortunately, the web site for Meijer Gardens ( has many sculptures identified and I will be using that help to identify the photos I share below.  I recommend that you visit their site for further descriptions of these sculptures.  Unfortunately, I can not identify all the photos I’m sharing. Neuron by Roxy Paine is made of stainless steel.  The […]

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Meijer Gardens – Part 1

Rose and I visited the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids about 2 weeks ago.  We missed the butterfly exhibit by a couple weeks, but were still impressed with all we saw.  It had been many years since we had been there and there are several new sculptures and gardens.   I can’t do justice in describing all the sculptures we saw, but I’ll give some […]

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