Category Archives: Southwest Michigan


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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May Flowers

Well, we’ve had our April showers, even into May, so it’s time for May flowers.  Here’s a few examples from near where I live. Our crab apple trees never fail to amaze with their blossoms.  However, this year, there are just as many blossoms, but the the leaves came out early and have hidden some of the blossoms.  Not to worry, there will be plenty sling […]

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Signs of Spring

I’m a bit behind with my posts, but I wanted to share these signs of spring from a couple weeks ago.                 I hope you are enjoying spring where you live. Mark

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Snow in April

What ever happened to the expression about April showers bringing May flowers?  Well, I think Mother Nature got a bit confused today.  It is April 6 and the showers we got were snow showers.  There were some nice signs of spring yesterday with the Forsythia in full bloom and the daffodils starting to blossom, too.  Here’s the view as of this morning.       We […]

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Beautiful Sunrise

I looked out the window this morning and saw the sky on fire.  The  clouds were a spectacular red.  Here’s a few photos before the sky changed.   But the color started to fade pretty quickly leaving a mix of reds and blues. And then, as if God switched off the display, the colors faded quickly. Mark

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