Majestic Eagle

I love to photograph Eagles. To me, the high-flying bird is a wonder to watch. This Eagle seemed to sit perfectly still watching over the Maple River. I am sure he could see every little creature moving as he looked for his next meal.

I know the photo is not the best. He or She (I cannot tell the difference) was actually faraway. The picture is cropped to enhance the image.

When I was a teenager, my best friend died of cancer. He always said, if reincarnation existed, he would come back as an Eagle. Needless to say, every time I spot an Eagle, I think of him.

Until next time…peace

Vintage Photo: Detroit 1957

This image is a digitalized copy of an old slide. The original photographer left some data on the back.

Written in pencil:

  • Two freighters heading into Lake St. Clair
  • SK (I am not sure what these markings mean. I am assuming it was a way for the photographer to determine the batch of photos.)
  • Detroit
  • 7-27-1957

Of course, I would love more information on this photo. Are the children with the photographer? Were they just spending a day on the shore? Where was the freighters heading? Was this a normal day for the ships?

I am never satisfied. I want to know the whole story.

Tell me, what do you think?

Bridgeville Beauties: Egrets

Ok…I am not bird a expert. I am just guessing. But, when the Egrets and other water birds begin to gather, I know summer is coming to an end. Hard to believe right now, the temperatures are still in the 90-degree range with high humidity. Yet, from my photo adventures, I can tell you colder weather is just around the corner.

I snapped this photo over by the dikes, yes, that is a local term. I know there is a formal name for the protected wetland area. I just cannot remember. (I keep telling myself to photograph the sign, but I get distracted by the wildlife).

Doesn’t this little Egret look unhappy? I can just hear him/her saying, “I am trying to catch my dinner and she keeps snapping that camera. How distracting.”

Until next time..peace

DeBar Hardware Store-1915

I purchased this photo from eBay. I did clean up the image.

Fortunately, the photo does have information on the back.

-1915

-W. DeBar Hardware Store

-Ashley, Michigan

If you look closely at the photo, you can definitely view different items from the time period.

-There are wash bins out front.

-A sign advertising Winchester is in the window on the left.

-Another sign is advertising fertilizer.

-There are oil lanterns for sale in the window.

-The horse is tied to one of the rails out front.

-There are advertising signs on the pole. I know one reads, “paints”. But I cannot decipher any other information.

I love this photo. I assuming the two men out front of the shop are the owners. Perhaps, the young man is a son. If anyone can tell me who they are, I would love the information.

What do you see when you look at the photo?

Osprey

Ok, before I begin, I want to say this is not one of my finest photos. In fact, the photo was taken at a great distance. The image is also heavily cropped. But, I still like it. So I thought I would share. If you look closely, you can actually see the baby Osprey peeking over the nest.

I am hoping to get a better image. But for now, I am extremely happy with this one.

Until next time…peace

Belle Isle Fountain

The photo is actually a digitalized version of a slide. The original photographer left some information on the back. I love when people add little notes.

The photo is dated 7-27-1957 with the notes Belle Isle Fountain, Detroit.

I am a Michigander. I cannot believe I have never seen this fountain in person. I did a little research on the Belle Isle Fountain which is actually called the James Scott Memorial Fountain. The fountain was constructed in 1925.

Yes, I added the fountain to my ever growing bucket list of things to see in Michigan.

Have you seen the James Scott Memorial Fountain in person? Tell me your thoughts.

Until next time…peace.

Barney’s Retirement

I recently purchased various slides and negatives from eBay. “Barney’s Retirement” is one of those photos I digitalized from a slide. I like this particular set of slides. The original owner wrote information on each one.

The photo shows the last trip of the horse drawn milk wagon in East Lansing.

The photo is dated 5-25-1957.

The sign draped over the horse tells the best story, “So sorry, I am retiring to the farm. Barney”. I hope Barney was able to live a long happy life at the farm.

The lady in the photo is identified as Mrs. Strother. The children are Karen and Karl Kaufman.

The milk wagon displays writing on the side. I can read the word “farms”. But the rest of the information is blurred.

If anyone knows the story of the horse drawn milk wagon, I would love to hear the tale.

Until next time…peace

Bridgeville Beauties: Silver-Spotted Skipper

In my opinion, this butterfly is a Silver-Spotted Skipper. If I am wrong, please let me know. I am not the best at identifying insects.

I did enjoy watching these butterflies over the last couple of days. The pair seemed to dance mid-air before landing on the flower of their choice. I admit I think I took over 500 photos of these flying beauties.

2-4-1912

The only piece of information I have about this photo is the date, 2-4-1912. Perhaps, the two ladies in the image are sisters. They got together with their spouses to have a meal. I notice the dishes stacked up in front of them. There’s a woodstove in the background.

What do you see when you look at this photo?

Bridgeville Beauties: A Family of Canadian Geese

I didn’t see this little family of Canadian Geese at first. I originally was just snapping a few photos of the landscape. But the adult geese let me know I was close. I backed away, trying not to disturb them. But the adult geese quickly ushered their goslings into the water.

The family of Canadian Geese was a pleasant surprise to photograph.