Brandon Mann

Brandon Mann

On This Date: Photo taken 6/28/2005

Midwest League action. Brandon’s pitching for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (a Rays affiliate, of course) against the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in Lansing’s Oldsmobile Park. That’s Chris Nowak, out of focus beyond Mann, covering first base.


Posting two pix again today, because I’ve two photos I want to share.

Number of pix taken on various June 28ths: 720 [includes 3 by my father]
Year of oldest photo: 2003 [Dad’s are dated 1978]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 538
  • 4 Stars: 112
  • 5 Stars: 22

Revision History:

Sails

Sails

On This Date: Photo taken 6/28/2015

There comes a time, late in the afternoon, when all the sailors return to harbor. Muskegon, two years ago today.

Do notice the South Pier Light marking the harbor’s entrance. Thanks.


Posting two pix again today, because I’ve two photos I want to share.

Number of pix taken on various June 28ths: 720 [includes 3 by my father]
Year of oldest photo: 2003 [Dad’s are dated 1978]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 538
  • 4 Stars: 112
  • 5 Stars: 22

Revision History:

Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower

On This Date: Photo taken 6/25/2007

Gaillardia definitely brighten up the garden.

We don’t seem to have any this summer….


A “new” lens note: Two years ago today I took my first photo with the 10 mm lens that sometimes adorns my Nikon 1 V2. ‘Twas a truly awful photo of Joan….

I bought the lens used, as sort of a throw-in when I purchased a 30-100 mm lens for the same camera from a private seller. One of the problems with the Nikon 1s has been lens failures, and we’ve not been exempt from those.

Number of pix taken on various June 25ths: 572 [includes 1 by Joan and 11 by my friend Joe; all are of me and Joe’s used my V2]
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 6
  • 2 Stars: 45
  • 3 Stars: 346
  • 4 Stars: 146
  • 5 Stars: 29

Revision History:

St Clair

St Clair

On This Date: Photo taken 6/24/2005

Since we were already up north for the car show (see yesterday’s On This Date), we headed to Sault Ste Marie for Engineer’s Day. And watched the big boats from up close.

St Clair‘s a 770 foot vessel, launched in 1975 to ferry coal to the Belle River power plant. She now carries other bulk cargoes, like most lakers.


We’ll be heading north for Engineer’s Day again this Friday, but we’re staying at a Soo hotel this time. See some of you there!

Number of pix taken on various June 24ths: 489
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 23
  • 3 Stars: 316
  • 4 Stars: 126
  • 5 Stars: 22

Revision History:

Like a Dream

Like a Dream

On This Date: Photo taken 6/23/2005

Saint Ignace has two car shows in late June. The second–the St Ignace Car Show–is the larger event.

We usually try to avoid the big show, but in 2005 it was a pony car event and we couldn’t resist. Had a good time watching the Mustangs and the Camaros. And the Cobras.


We avoid it not because we don’t like the show, but because we’ve grown accustomed to a less-crowded, less noisy St Ignace. “Our” St Ignace is just waking up from winter–they’re still training the summer staff, still repairing the winter’s damage, still shaking out the mothballs.

We’re used to that, and we’ve come to enjoy it.

Number of pix taken on various June 23rds: 1684
Year of oldest photo: 1992 [to repeat myself: only in 1992 did I deliberately date all my film photographs]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 29
  • 2 Stars: 183
  • 3 Stars: 1162
  • 4 Stars: 264
  • 5 Stars: 46

Revision History:

Terry Eldredge

Terry Eldredge

On This Date: Photo taken 6/22/2012

Terry sings lead and harmony with the Grascals, and is a terrific, but I think under-appreciated, musician. His ability to meaningfully stagger the rhythms on high-speed songs never ceases to amaze me. He’s seen here at the 2012 Charlotte Bluegrass Festival.

Terry’s also heard on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction–he’s the southern-sounding voice you hear doing station IDs, introducing the weekly programs, and suchlike.


The banjo player in the background is Kristin Scott Benson. I featured her husband, Wayne, in yesterday’s photo…..

Number of pix taken on various June 22nds: 1063
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 13
  • 2 Stars: 147
  • 3 Stars: 651
  • 4 Stars: 204
  • 5 Stars: 48

Revision History:

Wayne Benson

Wayne Benson

On This Date: Photo taken 6/21/2013

IIIrd Tyme Out’s excellent mandolin player.


Judging by my photographs, on June 21 I’m usually either at the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival or somewhere in the Upper Peninsula. Sounds about right, but not true today–though I’ll be at Charlotte tomorrow.

And in 2005 I took pix at a meeting with a vendor. What a comedown.

Number of pix taken on various June 21sts: 1423
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 71
  • 3 Stars: 980
  • 4 Stars: 302
  • 5 Stars: 65

It all began with Sahlgren

It all began with Sahlgren

On This Date: Photo taken 6/20/2013

Mark Sahlgren, that is, who’s pictured here with Patty Williams in front of the Charlotte Bluegrass Festival stage.

Well, not entirely with Mark–I can trace other influences–but consider:

  • Mark’s band, Sweetcorn, began appearing at political fundraising events I attended sometime in the 1970s. (My friends Mike Stoline and John Flynn were also performing bluegrass at those events, but Mark’s band was far better than theirs.)
  • Mark and his friends (mostly band members) began hosting a radio program, Grassroots, at around the same time. I learned to recognize “Footprints in the Snow” and “Bringing Mary Home,” and learned to love Emmy Lou and Jim & Jesse and Country Gazette. Mark’s still hosting the show, but now the co-host is his daughter Darcy.
  • Also around this time I attended my first bluegrass festival, at Charlton Park near Hastings. Sweetcorn was a featured performer. I kept going back. I soon moved to the Lansing area, and added the Charlotte fest to my routine.

Mark changed my life.


Patty played at Charlton Park, too; she was the cute young lead singer in the Williams Family Band. (I had a crush on her.) Now she promotes the music in West Michigan.

The current incarnation of the Williams Family Band was setting up to perform when I took this picture. Patty apparently no longer sings with them; she sat in the audience and listened.

And a new “camera” note: Also on 6/20/2013 I took my first photograph with my new phone, a Galaxy Note 2. It was of the festival’s new stage, and taken just a few minutes before the photo of Mark and Patty.

Number of pix taken on various June 20ths: 1794
Year of oldest photo: 1992

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 15
  • 2 Stars: 197
  • 3 Stars: 1093
  • 4 Stars: 418
  • 5 Stars: 71