Cooley Bridge

Cooley Bridge

On This Date: Photo taken 8/18/2013

Since the Cut River Bridge is temporarily out of commission, I thought I’d point folks to its near-twin on M-55, across the Pine River near Wellston.

2013 was chaotic enough that we didn’t actually plan vacations. For our August vacation Joan said to “Find us a cabin by a lake.” Discovered that cabins by Lake Michigan cost about the same as hotel rooms near Lake Michigan, which ruled that out. Began thinking about cabins elsewhere. Eventually I remembered Wellston.


In 1965 and 1966 I spent most of August in Wellston, at Northwoods Cabins, with the Loy Norrix High School Cross Country team. We ran.

Sometimes we ran to this bridge.

Yeah, Joan and I stayed at Northwoods Cabins. But we didn’t run. Except maybe to cross M-55, once or twice.

Number of pix taken on various August 18ths: 1264
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 85
  • 3 Stars: 992
  • 4 Stars: 175
  • 5 Stars: 12

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Nails

Nails

On This Date: Photo taken 8/17/2005

A dozen years ago the roofers showed up shortly before we left for a trip to Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. We chatted a bit, finished packing, loaded up the car, and left.

Meantime they were unpacking their supplies, moving shingles and equipment up to our roof, and doing prep work.

I got a few pictures. I’ve always liked this one.


When we returned from Wisconsin the roof was finished and the roofers had gone.

Number of pix taken on various August 17ths: 487
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 39
  • 3 Stars: 338
  • 4 Stars: 102
  • 5 Stars: 8

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Egrets

Egrets

On This Date: Photo taken 8/16/2016

I was heading for Charlotte a year ago when I spotted these birds. So I stomped on the brakes, backed up a few feet, and snapped a few photographs without leaving the car.

I pass this pond regularly. I often see birds, but I don’t recall ever seeing Egrets….

This swamp–it’s about three miles south of town–is a regular photo subject, though I don’t think it’s shown up in On This Date before.


This photograph’s less sharp than my norm. As usual with my mistakes, it’s because I hurried. I should have invested another couple more minutes and gotten things right.

For the record: Although I had many other photographs to choose from for August 16, nearly all of them were taken at baseball games. I really don’t want baseball to dominate this project.

Besides, this one’s OK at screen resolution.

Number of pix taken on various August 16ths: 1423
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 76
  • 3 Stars: 1142
  • 4 Stars: 192
  • 5 Stars: 12

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Tyler Stubblefield

Tyler Stubblefield

On This Date: Photo taken 8/15/2011

Fort Wayne third baseman Stubblefield’s making the play against the Lansing Lugnuts at Lansing’s ballyard.

The Tincaps (a Johnny Appleseed reference) beat the Lugnuts (an auto industry reference, sort of) by a 6-5 score.


Number of pix taken on various August 15ths: 1531
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0!
  • 2 Stars: 63
  • 3 Stars: 1263
  • 4 Stars: 194
  • 5 Stars: 11

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Bobby Hutch

Bobby Hutch

On This Date: Photo taken 8/14/2014

Bobby’s a long-time performer and promoter of bluegrass and country music in southeast Michigan. Here he’s on stage with his band, Grand Ole Country, at the Milan Bluegrass Festival in 2014.

Two years later, at the same festival, Bobby was inducted into the Southeast Michigan Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Honor.


Ain’t that a great face? I’ve been posting a ton of pix from the 2017 Milan festival this week, so there’s some danger this one will get buried amongst the others. I’m hoping not; this is one of my favorites.

Number of pix taken on various August 14ths: 554
Year of oldest photo: 1994

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 55
  • 3 Stars: 401
  • 4 Stars: 94
  • 5 Stars: 4

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Stump

Stump

On This Date: Photo taken 8/12/2008

Since we pass by Hartwick Pines State Park most times we head north, in 2008 we decided to make it our August destination.

The park’s famous for its tall pines, one last stand saved from the loggers by the daughter of a logger to honor her late husband. When I was a kid the stand featured The Monarch, Michigan’s tallest tree. The Monarch’s died, but the remaining trees are still impressive.


The park could just as well be famous for its stump fields, a different testimony to Michigan’s natural resources.

Number of pix taken on various August 12ths: 526
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 77
  • 3 Stars: 321
  • 4 Stars: 105
  • 5 Stars: 23

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Dog

Dog

On This Date: Photo taken 8/11/2016

One thing that happens at campgrounds is people walk their dogs. Big dogs and little, pretty and not-so-pretty dogs, obvious mongrels and apparent pure-breds. A year ago I grabbed my camera, set it to monochrome, and started capturing the parade. I called the set “The Dogs of Harrisville.”

Technically this dog wasn’t being walked, but lived in the campsite across the way and was also watching the parade.


Campgrounds differ. Last week at Cheboygan I’d have been making images of the folks walking the dogs–or just walking, dog or no dog. At Twin Lakes in 2005 I’d have photographed children on bicycles.

Number of pix taken on various August 11ths: 188
Year of oldest photo: 2006

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 37
  • 3 Stars: 134
  • 4 Stars: 15
  • 5 Stars: 2

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Oreo

Oreo

On This Date: Photo taken 8/10/2007

Sometimes I pick the daily photo because it tells a story, or because it gives me an excuse tell a story.

Other times I just pick one I like.


Number of pix taken on various August 10ths: 811
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 40(!)
  • 2 Stars: 113
  • 3 Stars: 520
  • 4 Stars: 131
  • 5 Stars: 7

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