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

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

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

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

The Sky Over the Field

The Sky Over the Field

On This Date: Photo taken 9/6/2014

Three years back I walked down our street, faced east, and took this photograph. Our village, like many, is surrounded by farms.

In the distance you can see one of the farmyards belonging to the Sptizley clan hereabouts.


Number of pix taken on various September 6ths: 218
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 50
  • 3 Stars: 136
  • 4 Stars: 29
  • 5 Stars: 2

Revision History:

Hummingbird

Hummingbird

On This Date: Photo taken 9/5/2014

Not sure why, but I photograph hummingbirds on September 5. I certainly wasn’t aware of the pattern before I sorted through my files yesterday, but I’ve pictures taken in three different years. I’d call that a pattern.

In fact, I just did.


Number of pix taken on various September 5ths: 541
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 406
  • 4 Stars: 82
  • 5 Stars: 4

Eddie

Eddie

On This Date: Photo taken 9/4/2006

A few days back I showed you Eddie De La Cruz pitching under the lights at Battle Creek’s CO Brown Stadium. Here he is in the daylight at Lansing’s Oldsmobile Park.

This photo was captured during the D’Rays’ last game as Battle Creek’s franchise. Lansing won by a 5-4 score.

The Battle Creek photo was taken from my usual seat in that ballyard; this was from my most common Lansing seat. The views are quite different, as you can see.


Yeah, two pix again today….

When the light permits I usually photograph baseball to stop the action. This photo captures Eddie’s long, long stride. I’m a bit annoyed that the photo missed his front foot.

Number of pix taken on various September 4ths: 444
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 52
  • 3 Stars: 307
  • 4 Stars: 75
  • 5 Stars: 10

Jolli

Jolli

On This Date: Photo taken 9/3/1991

After Dad passed away, Mom established a routine of renting a cottage at Jolli-Lodge, where they’d often vacationed. Mom would schedule this vacation for the week before Labor Day, and she’d invite us “kids” up for the holiday weekend. We’d sight-see, do a bit of shopping, and celebrate Debbie’s birthday at Leland’s Bluebird. But mostly we’d relax, perhaps walk the beach, and watch Lake Michigan and the Manitou Islands.

After Mom’s death we talked a bit about continuing the tradition, but it never happened….


While our family tends to think of Jolli-Lodge as being at Leland, it’s address is actually Lake Leelanau.

Number of pix taken on various September 3rds: 554
Year of oldest photo: 1991

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 40
  • 3 Stars: 405
  • 4 Stars: 102
  • 5 Stars: 4