Relay

Relay

On This Date: Photo taken 9/15/2011

Lansing Lugnut shortstop Peter Mooney relays the ball to first base. The baserunner, who’s out, is Ronny Gil of the Quad Cities River Bandits; Mooney’s throw would not get QC batter/runner Oscar Taveras.

The Midwest League’s regular season ends on Labor Day, and is followed by a three-tiered playoff that ends in mid-month. In 2011 Lansing hosted Quad Cities (they play in Davenport) on September 15 for the second game of a best-of-five series.

The Bandits won the game by a 5-3 score, putting them up on the series 2 wins to no losses. They’d wrap the championship up at home the next night.


Two pics today. Because I want to tell two stories.

Just a reminder that I take lots of photographs at baseball games, only a few of which have shown up in this project.

Number of pix taken on various September 15ths: 1653
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 21
  • 2 Stars: 124
  • 3 Stars: 1236
  • 4 Stars: 242
  • 5 Stars: 30

Revision History:

Reflected

Reflected

On This Date: Photo taken 9/15/2015

Two years ago today I headed off to meet with Mike for our twice-a-month coffee klatch (Joe was out of town). We found the coffee shop had closed; they’d lost their lease. They hoped to reopen elsewhere soon.

Since we’d both brought cameras, we turned the morning into a photography outing in downtown Eaton Rapids. First we took pics around G.A.R. (Island) Park, then we found our way to the site of Horner Woolen Mill. This is one of the Island Park photos.

I took about 400 photographs in about 2 hours. I expect Mike’s count was similar.


Two pics today. Because I want to tell two stories.

Number of pix taken on various September 15ths: 1653
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 21
  • 2 Stars: 124
  • 3 Stars: 1236
  • 4 Stars: 242
  • 5 Stars: 30

Revision History:

Saturday Sunrise

Saturday Sunrise

On This Date: Photo taken 9/14/2013

Near Woodbury, Michigan.


Late update because I was ill this morning: I posted a similar but differently-framed photograph on the day I took them. Not sure either is better.

Number of pix taken on various September 14ths: 503
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 51
  • 3 Stars: 380
  • 4 Stars: 60
  • 5 Stars: 9

Revision History:

Oscar E. Remick Heritage Center

Oscar E. Remick Heritage Center

On This Date: Photo taken 9/13/2012

Alma College, Alma, Michigan.


I’d never been to Alma before.

Photo-a-day projects get to be boring. You mostly see same the buildings and people and gardens and furniture every day, or every week, and you grow weary of looking for new angles and novel framings. You start playing with depth of field, your photographs take on odd perspectives, you start experimenting with post-processing effects. These “fixes” are worthwhile, but for most people they’re not the solution.

Or you find new subjects to photograph. In the fall of 2012 I found my way to several of Michigan’s small colleges. Five years ago today that college was Alma.

Number of pix taken on various September 13ths: 109
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 18
  • 3 Stars: 65
  • 4 Stars: 24
  • 5 Stars: 0

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Light and Shadow

Light and Shadow

On This Date: Photo taken 9/12/2012

Now and then my Daily Flower Census wanders into Joan’s veggie garden, where sometimes there are flowers and often there’s something interesting.

Sunlight, for instance, slipping in to light up the beans.


Number of pix taken on various September 12ths: 208
Year of oldest photo: 2011

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 39
  • 3 Stars: 138
  • 4 Stars: 26
  • 5 Stars: 1

Revision History:

Picnic

Picnic

On This Date: Photo taken 9/11/2014

Here’s one of the first photographs I took with the Nikon 1 V2 I mentioned yesterday.

Mulliken seems to be mostly a commuter town these days, but there are a few businesses within the village limit. One of those is CCD Engineering, which is about as downtown as you get at 109 Main Street. They live in an L-shaped building arranged around this green space.

CCD does industrial engineering, though their website’s no longer on line to explain what that means. What we neighbors can see looks like a fairly large machine shop.


When I moved to town in 1991 this building was a hardware store. Like all old hardware stores it had goodies hidden in dark corners. That business changed hands, then moved to a newly-constructed building on the state highway (M-43). Then it failed. Occasionally I wish the store was still here.

Number of pix taken on various September 11ths: 428
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 62
  • 3 Stars: 295
  • 4 Stars: 63
  • 5 Stars: 3

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Waiting for Dinner

Waiting for Dinner

On This Date: Photo taken 9/10/2005

Needmore, Michigan. Or Roxana, if you’d prefer, though that’s apparently never been official.

These cattle lived in and around the McCargar Barn, one of my favorite photo subjects. Now their successors live in that barn’s successor.


Three years ago today Joan and I got our Nikon 1 V2s. Joan’s was a birthday present; mine was an upgrade from my broken V1. We’d been waiting for Nikon to knock the price down, but finally I gave in and ordered ’em. I’ve not regretted doing so. We both use ’em fairly hard.

No one who’s paid attention to these notes will be surprised to discover that my first V2 picture was of Joan, and my second was of Taffy.

Number of pix taken on various September 10ths: 287
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 51
  • 3 Stars: 197
  • 4 Stars: 33
  • 5 Stars: 4

Revision History:

Dense Fog Advisory

Dense Fog Advisory

On This Date: Photo taken 9/9/2016

I don’t photograph fog as much as I used to, but a year ago I woke to some heavy stuff and couldn’t resist. Drove straight south from town and stopped every couple miles, snapping merrily away.


Number of pix taken on various September 9ths: 377
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 58
  • 3 Stars: 258
  • 4 Stars: 56
  • 5 Stars: 5

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First Bricks

First Bricks

On This Date: Photo taken 9/7/2003

After a couple weeks’ prep work–removing some bushes and a garden, digging a trench, then putting down a weed barrier, a layer of gravel, and a layer of sand–Joan began laying out the pavers for our new sidewalk.

She’d been discussing and experimenting with patterns, off and on, for several days. She settled on this one. Please notice the darker bricks placed edge-up on the near side; they’re part of the design.

Joan points out that we mostly worked on this project on weekends. We’d have progressed more quickly if we hadn’t had jobs. And if I hadn’t gone to ballgames.


Fourteen years later the sidewalk’s held up well, and has required only light maintenance. Guess we did OK.

Number of pix taken on various September 7ths: 516
Year of oldest photo: 1998

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 99
  • 3 Stars: 337
  • 4 Stars: 66
  • 5 Stars: 10

Revision History: