Kris & Jackie

Kris & Jackie

On This Date: Photo taken 11/23/2006

Yeah, the focus is wrong. Let’s go with this one anywho….

My aunt Jackie, her daughter Kristin, and the back of Pat’s head (Pat’s my cousin Paul’s wife) at the Dinda family’s Thanksgiving gathering, which was hosted by Jackie and my uncle Keith for many years.

Those outings featured a twisted Hearts game (Keith called it “Crazy Hearts”) with the deck doubled (or tripled), which made hands unpredictable because the high cards might tie, canceling each other. The 2006 game’s pictured here.

Joan and I would alternate, more or less, between the Dinda Thanksgiving and her family’s.


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Number of pix taken on various November 23rds: 114
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 19
  • 3 Stars: 59
  • 4 Stars: 25
  • 5 Stars: 2

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Barn

Barn

On This Date: Photo taken 11/22/2012

Grace Highway, near Mulliken, Michigan.

Joel was out early, roaming the local backroads, listening to Kyle Cantrell interview IIIrd Tyme Out on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, and having a grand old time.

Truth.


I sometimes repeat myself. I considered posting a photograph that is very similar to yesterday afternoon’s photo-a-day photo, also taken on Grace Highway.

I may yet post that photo….

Number of pix taken on various November 22nds: 86
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 10
  • 3 Stars: 52
  • 4 Stars: 18
  • 5 Stars: 5

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Morning Fog, with Sun

Morning Fog, with Sun

On This Date: Photo taken 11/21/2012

I saw Joan off to work, then grabbed my camera and walked to the end of Potter Street, where I shot a dozen or so images of the fog. Then I drove into Grand Ledge, presumably to get breakfast, stopping a couple times for photographs.


The house in the photo belonged to George Potter in 1895, but was likely built by his father. Ed Potter had platted the village of Mulliken a few years earlier on land he’d recently purchased.

Number of pix taken on various November 21sts: 64
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 10
  • 3 Stars: 39
  • 4 Stars: 12
  • 5 Stars: 3

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Barry County Court House

Barry County Court House

On This Date: Photo taken 11/20/2012

Five years ago today I stopped in Hastings on my way to Kalamazoo. Took photographs of the courthouse.

Somehow I’d not done that before.


I considered writing a little treatise here about not-seeing things you pass by regularly. Or perhaps an essay about how State Street in Hastings has changed over the years.

Couldn’t make either work. We’ll stick with just the photograph.

Number of pix taken on various November 20ths: 221
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 8
  • 2 Stars: 16
  • 3 Stars: 102
  • 4 Stars: 85
  • 5 Stars: 10

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Barn

Barn

On This Date: Photo taken 11/18/2015

What a glorious wreck of a building!

I took thirteen pix of this barn on my way home after spending the afternoon with my sister in Kalamazoo.


You’d think I’d remember taking those photographs, but I don’t. My notes tell me this barn’s on Barry County’s Pifer Road, but I can’t be more precise than that. I know most of Pifer fairly well, which suggests the barn’s near the west end of the road, where I’m far less likely to travel. But that’s really just guesswork, and I’m skeptical of this theory.

I suppose, too, that the place could be on Lacey Road, which is the same road (check the map) and has a longer stretch I don’t know well. While I don’t generally make such mistakes, I’d not rule it out.

Or maybe I’ve just forgotten the barn. Or maybe it’s on some other road entirely and my note’s completely wrong.

I may need to take a scouting trip.

My sister found it on Lacey; here’s a similar photo on StreetView. I should have remembered it; that’s on the part of the road I’ve often traversed.

Number of pix taken on various November 18ths: 104
Year of oldest photo: 2012

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 6
  • 3 Stars: 64
  • 4 Stars: 32
  • 5 Stars: 2

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Reflections

Reflections

On This Date: Photo taken 11/17/2012

The Grand River–pretty literally–from Island Park in Grand Ledge.


While I own–and use–some pretty expensive gear, this image was captured with a worn-out 6 megapixel point-and-shoot–a FujiFilm FinePix F10. I think it will do.

I don’t even think it’s my best F10 photo taken along the trail that day.

Number of pix taken on various November 17ths: 144
Year of oldest photo: 2010

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 11
  • 3 Stars: 82
  • 4 Stars: 43
  • 5 Stars: 7

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A Spot of Sunshine

A Spot of Sunshine

On This Date: Photo taken 11/16/2016

A grey day, with occasional sunshine.


I’m a horrible photographer on November 16. Most of the date’s pix are boring; many are poorly executed…

Number of pix taken on various November 16ths: 107 [includes 1 by Joan]
Year of oldest photo: 2012

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 26
  • 3 Stars: 55
  • 4 Stars: 22
  • 5 Stars: 0

Not sure how Joan’s pic sneaked in there (stuff happens), but quite honestly if it wasn’t labeled hers I’d have thought it was mine….

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Shadow

Shadow

On This Date: Photo taken 11/15/2015

The CSX Bridge across the Grand River in Grand Ledge, near the ledges that give the town its name.

Some folks call this the “High Bridge.” I take that to mean they’ve never seen an actual high bridge.

Sorry. Couldn’t resist.


We walk the trail along the river a couple times a year; it’s not long, and it’s nearby, and it gets us out of the house. Two years back the light had unusually sharp edges.

The bridge was built by/for the Pere Marquette Railway in 1904, replacing an earlier bridge built for a PM predecessor in the late 1880s. Nathan Hoth’s Historic Bridges website has a nice writeup.

Number of pix taken on various November 15ths: 112
Year of oldest photo: 2006

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 2
  • 3 Stars: 70
  • 4 Stars: 38
  • 5 Stars: 2

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