St Matthew’s, Fernando

St Matthew's, Fernando

On This Date: Photo taken 6/4/2007

Since we were already in Minnesota for my class reunion, we visited my sister. Debbie, a Lutheran pastor, was serving churches at Winthrop (Bismarck) and Fernando.


Number of pix taken on various June 4ths: 396
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 40
  • 3 Stars: 256
  • 4 Stars: 84
  • 5 Stars: 7

Revision History:

The Barn and the Picnic Table

The Barn & the Picnic Table

On This Date: Photo taken 5/29/2016

The barn, it’s getting old….


Joan and Dave picked rhubarb, and asparagus, and Joan chatted with their mom about old times and new. Rosie–David’s dog–looked on.

I took photographs, and pretended to help with the asparagus.

Number of pix taken on various May 29ths: 1195
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 35
  • 2 Stars: 61
  • 3 Stars: 1014
  • 4 Stars: 71
  • 5 Stars: 14

Revision History:

John O’Donnell Stadium

John O'Donnell Stadium

On This Date: Photo taken 5/19/2003

Josh Hill of the Quad City River Bandits pitches to a West Michigan Whitecaps batter.

While my sister was in seminary we regularly visited Iowa–to help her move, usually, but a couple times just to visit. In 2003 we followed the Mississippi down to Davenport and watched a ballgame.

The Whitecaps lost, but we had a good time. And enjoyed the extraordinarily scenic ballpark.

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This ballpark’s now known as Modern Woodmen Park, and was originally Municipal Stadium. But for most of its life it honored local sportswriter John O’Donnell; I prefer to call it JOD.

I’ve recently reread Pat Jordan’s memoir of his minor league career, A False Spring, which I heartily recommend to anyone interested in minor league baseball. It’s a painful and frustrating book, largely because the author and his subject have blind spots (yeah, the same guy, but separated by a dozen years or so). It’s also fascinating.

I was intrigued by his discussion of this stadium, where he pitched in 1960. He calls it “a vast, roofless warehouse”–not my impression at all, but perhaps Pat’s memory’s influenced by the ballpark’s facade.

Jordan’s comments on the facility don’t mention Centennial Bridge. An odd omission.

Number of pix taken on various May 19ths: 261
Year of oldest photo: 2003
How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:
. 1 Star: 0
. 2 Stars: 17
. 3 Stars: 179
. 4 Stars: 54
. 5 Stars: 11

Debbie’s Graduation

Debbie's Graduation

On This Date: Photo taken 5/14/2006

Also on this date, in 2006: My sister, Debra Jean, graduated from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque.


Why not two On This Date pix? In general it would increase my daily workload, probably by about 45 minutes. Some days it’s probably worth the extra effort. But I shan’t make this common practice.

Number of pix taken on various May 14ths: 652 [includes two by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2000

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 69
  • 3 Stars: 413
  • 4 Stars: 138
  • 5 Stars: 27

Mom

Mom

On This Date: Photo taken 5/14/2000

On this date in 2000 Joan and I met up with my family at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, where we checked out the butterflies and orchids in the conservatory and viewed Nina Akam’s recently-completed interpretation of da Vinci’s Horse.

‘Twas a fine Mother’s Day outing.


This may be my best photo of my mother, and I’ve posted it to Flickr before. This treatment’s a bit, though not a lot, different. I like this color palette better.

Shot with my Nikon N90s, and scanned from a negative. One of my first photographic scans, as it happens….

Number of pix taken on various May 14ths: 652 [includes two by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2000

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 69
  • 3 Stars: 413
  • 4 Stars: 138
  • 5 Stars: 27

The Vine on the Granary

The Vine on the Granary

On This Date: Photo taken 5/13/2012

We spent Mother’s Day, 2012, at the farm with Joan’s family. This was also the weekend David moved back to Michigan–and the farm–from Louisiana, so ’twas also a bit of a homecoming.


We’d go to the farm and I’d take pix of the granary. It was pretty much an irresistible photo subject. I miss it.

Dave reused most of the lumber when he built the chicken coop, which I now routinely photograph because it, too, is a fine subject. But it’s a different subject, and I photograph it differently.

Notice the pliers, still hanging there, though their orientation’s changed since 2005….

Number of pix taken on various May 13ths: 1632
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 208
  • 3 Stars: 1265
  • 4 Stars: 141
  • 5 Stars: 13

Revision History:

Massey Ferguson

Massey Ferguson

On This Date: Photo taken 5/9/2015

Two years ago we dropped in at the farm to help celebrate David’s birthday, a couple days late. Dave had gotten his father’s old tractor to run a few days before, so that was the main topic of discussion.

That and Dave’s garden, chickens, ducks, and turkeys. And the old plows. And restoring the barn. Lots of things to check out, and talk about. A fun day.


On May 9 I often go to the ballpark. The 2005 game deserves a bit of attention, because it was the first game I photographed in what I’d call my usual style.

While I’d been experimenting with game photography for about a month, this is the outing where I put the pieces together. Not all the pictures worked, of course, but enough did that I’ve stayed with that general approach ever since.

I’d refine things a bit over the next few games. But this game has the basics down.

I also took my FujiFilm along, and shot my first, and probably best, baseball video: Reid Brignac’s 9th inning home run swing.

Number of pix taken on various May 9ths: 1780 [includes 1 by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 13
  • 2 Stars: 183
  • 3 Stars: 1403
  • 4 Stars: 161
  • 5 Stars: 20

Revision History:

Paul, Reading the Menu

Paul, Reading the Menu

On This Date: Photo taken 3/6/2003.

On March 6 in 2003, Joan and her family took their Mom and Dad to dinner at Claddagh’s in honor of their golden anniversary. Everyone showed up. A good time was had by all.

Fourteen years back? Really? Hardly seems that long.


Number of pix taken on various March 6ths: 135
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 23
  • 3 Stars: 74
  • 4 Stars: 33
  • 5 Stars: 3

Revision History:

Joan, Feeding Birds

Joan, Feeding Birds

On This Date: Photo taken 2/4/2012.

Here’s another photo I’ve posted before, but today’s version’s processed very differently.

This is one of my favorite photographs of Joan. The previous version was published on Valentine’s day in 2012.


I mentioned in the February 3 comments that I hadn’t yet figured out the Droid Bionic. Well, I took about 50 photos with it on the 4th, tinkering with settings and software and features, in an effort to better understand the phone’s camera. By day’s end I was getting consistently acceptable photographs.

Number of pix taken on various February 4ths: 137 (half were of a hawk that visited us in 2013)
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9 [failed Droid experiments, mostly]
  • 2 Stars: 19
  • 3 Stars: 92
  • 4 Stars: 16
  • 5 Stars: 1