The Shelter

The Shelter

On This Date: Photo taken 3/19/2011.

The duck blind/viewing platform at Maple River State Game Area, north of St. Johns, Michigan. Joan and I visit Maple River about once a year and just wander around on the levees.

We’re rarely alone at the SGA; on this date there was a family of serious birders. ‘Tis a good place for bird-watching.


March in Michigan is brown. On foggy days it’s grey, and some days it snows, but mostly it’s brown.

It’s relieved a bit by crocuses. And by daffodils.

But mostly March is brown.

A new “camera” note: On 3/19/2014 I got some pix of Oreo kitty using my then-new tablet, a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.1, which Joan had bought for my birthday. Since I already had a Galaxy Note phone, I expected to like the tablet. Didn’t work out, though, as the battery proved inadequate at less than 4 hours per change. I abandoned the critter after a few months.

Number of pix taken on various March 19ths: 576
Year of oldest photo: 2011

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 25
  • 3 Stars: 454
  • 4 Stars: 87
  • 5 Stars: 9

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Squirrel

Squirrel

On This Date: Photo taken 3/18/2014.

On the Grand Ledge Blue Star Memorial Byway marker. A few months later I got a better photo of the rock, but the marker’s more readable here. And the other photo lacks the decorative rodent.


The marker’s on the edge of a parking lot that serves Island Park (aka Second Island), the Masonic Temple, and the local Pony League ballpark [Fitzgerald Field]. It’s a small lot, but it’s rare for two of the facilities to be in heavy use at once; besides, the city’s big downtown lot is just a couple hundred yards away.

The marker’s also on the Grand Ledge Riverwalk, which I heartily recommend.

Island Park’s one of the places I go when I can’t find a photo and want to get away from the house. There’s always something–ducks, fishermen, the moving water, the changing seasons….

Number of pix taken on various March 18ths: 162
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 45
  • 3 Stars: 95
  • 4 Stars: 16
  • 5 Stars: 2

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Waiting for the Parade

Waiting for the Parade

On This Date: Photo taken 3/17/2012.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Joan and I grabbed our new Nikon 1s and hied off to Grand Ledge for the parade on one of the warmest March days ever. I got a bunch of dull photographs and a handful I’m happy with.

The photo I took before this one is among the best I’ve ever taken.


After the parade we wandered around Grand Ledge. We both took better pictures from Island Park than we managed at the parade.

Number of pix taken on various March 17ths: 294
Year of oldest photo: 2011

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 30
  • 3 Stars: 217
  • 4 Stars: 41
  • 5 Stars: 3

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Cory Yard

Cory Yard

On This Date: Photo taken 3/16/2012.

This Canadian National Railway yard services GM’s Delta Assembly plant, so mostly you see auto racks lined up here.

Shot from the Nixon Road end of the yard. Many of my friends are more familiar with the Windsor Highway end, which is near our (former) workplace and which we crossed on our way to and from work.


Photo taken with my then-new Nikon 1 V1. I spent much of the day experimenting with settings, taking photographs in–well, interesting places. It’s also the day I learned the camera’s Electronic View Finder didn’t get along with my sunglasses.

An oddity: Of the 93 “photographs” I took five years ago today, 34 were 3 second movies (and another 34 were stills from those movies–likely the photos I was actually trying to take). Apparently I’d found a setting which did this, though I don’t recall such a thing. For the record, all are boring. Several were of flowers, presumably growing.

Number of pix taken on various March 16ths: 124 [includes 34 videos; see above]
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 10
  • 3 Stars: 75
  • 4 Stars: 30
  • 5 Stars: 9

Revision History:

Sign of Spring

Sign of Spring

On This Date: Photo taken 3/14/2014.

It’s probably too cold to sit out on the porch this morning….


New Camera Note: Five years ago today I unwrapped my new Nikon 1 V1–and took several photographs of Taffy, sunning herself in the window. That’s sort of a tradition.

I’d bought Joan a J1 for Christmas–and promptly fell in love with it. So I bought myself the V1 as (sort of) a birthday present. My new camera was extremely quirky, but it went wherever I went for over three years. Then I replaced it with a V2.

Number of pix taken on various March 14ths: 94 [today’s the day when really small totals get rare, but much larger counts are on the way]
Year of oldest photo: 2011

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 7
  • 3 Stars: 62
  • 4 Stars: 22
  • 5 Stars: 1

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Sunset

Sunset

On This Date: Photo taken 3/13/2003.

Joan and I met for supper, then drove home into the exceptionally colorful sunset.

Well, Joan drove directly home. I headed for an unobstructed view and took a few pictures. When finally I arrived at home I got (mildly) scolded for vanishing….


Number of pix taken on various March 13ths: 56
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 2
  • 3 Stars: 41
  • 4 Stars: 10
  • 5 Stars: 3

Revision History:

Mirror

Mirror

On This Date: Photo taken 3/11/2015.

It’s 9:07. I’m a few minutes late for our biweekly get together at Hamlin Square. I’ve just turned around at the River View Cafe and parked on Main Street in Eaton Rapids. I’m directly behind Mike’s Honda with the YESGOD plate and am waiting for the traffic to clear.

Mike’s already at the coffee shop–he’s always the first arrival. I’ve beat Joe, though, and since it’s Wednesday he’s likely picking up Bob on his way in.

That’s a reconstruction, but it’s probably accurate.


This is the only photograph I took on 3/11/15, and was completely without context in a folder I labelled “Miscellaneous.” That steeple–it’s First Congregational–is the only potentially-recognizable landmark in the pic, but the fog’s obscured and distorted it. And of course everything’s reversed.

So I checked my calendar for the date. Aha! Eaton Rapids.

I miss Hamlin Square. We’ve moved the gathering to Fay’s in Charlotte, which is a fine place, but….

Number of pix taken on various March 11ths: 204
Year of oldest photo: 2006

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 12
  • 3 Stars: 101
  • 4 Stars: 74 [includes three of John Cole’s yard, which we discussed a couple days ago]
  • 5 Stars: 17

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