The Big Red Lighthouse

The Big Red Lighthouse

On This Date: Photo taken 6/12/2011

Holland, Michigan. Properly it’s the Holland Harbor Light, but everyone calls it Big Red.


There will be more lighthouses before we finish this walk through my photo files. I promise.

Number of pix taken on various June 12ths: 548
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 64
  • 3 Stars: 345
  • 4 Stars: 110
  • 5 Stars: 20

Besides my own pix, I’ve 25 photographs my brother took at a Habitat for Humanities project on 6/12/2010. Frankly they’re pretty boring; Richard was just documenting the project.

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US Mail

US Mail

On This Date: Photo taken 6/11/2012

Fawn–who used to deliver the local rural route–would park her Jeep behind the Mulliken post office while she helped Maureen and Jan sort the day’s mail. Except by 2012 Mo had retired and Jan was only working part-time, so probably someone else was running the office when I took this shot.

Before the year ended they’d moved the mail sort to Grand Ledge, and shortened the hours of my town’s PO.


This is one of my rare SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera) images….

Four years ago I posted a monochrome version of this photo to my 366 Snaps Outtakes “project,” which attempted to explain the previous year’s 366 Snaps. I see that my commentary on the photo was about the same.

What those comments didn’t mention is that the photo’s overexposed. That’s partly the high contrast of my composition–white buildings on both edges, with bright sun most everywhere, but Fawn’s car’s in the shade. Which was sort of deliberate. I was bored, and trying to push my camera’s limits that day. This specific photo came out well.

Number of pix taken on various June 11ths: 842
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 18
  • 2 Stars: 398
  • 3 Stars: 325
  • 4 Stars: 95
  • 5 Stars: 6

It would be fair to say I’m a bad photographer on June 11. 398 pix rated 2 Stars?

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The Lower Falls

The Lower Falls

On This Date: Photo taken 6/10/2016

Tahquamenon Falls State Park. You park the car, follow the walk past the concession buildings, and this is the view. I love it.

I’ve always loved it.


I’ve been vacationing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula since the early ’60s. This is the place I’m most likely to visit.

Paradise.

Number of pix taken on various June 10ths: 1182
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 7
  • 2 Stars: 104
  • 3 Stars: 897
  • 4 Stars: 156
  • 5 Stars: 18

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The Broken Maple

The Broken Maple

On This Date: Photo taken 6/8/2003

June 8, 2003, was a Saturday. We worked in the yard and I photographed some flowers with my digital point-n-shoot. Then we went out to dinner. While we were away a storm blew through; it sounded pretty impressive in the restaurant.

Got home; found the neighbors out in the streets. Seems a twister’d hit Mulliken. A quick survey of our yard showed three young trees ruined, a wee bit of damage to our garage, and a bunch of knocked down flowers. We were fortunate.

The whole town was fortunate. Except for two large trees downed a bit north of us, no serious damage was done. But ’twas certainly a thrill.


Photographing that sort of damage is really quite difficult. When you think of a tornado you think of broken buildings; what our town had was mostly broken trees. My pix show pieces of trees here and there around the yard, the damage to our siding, and the flattened flower beds. Totally unimpressive.

This photo was taken with my film point-n-shoot and scanned from a negative.

Number of pix taken on various June 8ths: 637
Year of oldest photo: 1994

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 53
  • 3 Stars: 524
  • 4 Stars: 53
  • 5 Stars: 5

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Ankiel in Orange

Ankiel in Orange

On This Date: Photo taken 6/6/2005

Do I need to explain Rick Ankiel’s career?

Ankiel was signed out of high school in 1997 and was pitching for the major league Cardinals soon after his twentieth birthday in 1999. In 2000 he pitched brilliantly, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting and finding himself compared to Lefty Carlton and Sandy Koufax.

Then it all came apart. On October 3, in a playoff game, he lost it. And it never came back. He pitched a few games for the Cards the next year, and a few more in 2004, with poor results.

So he became an outfielder. He returned to the Cards in 2007, and played in the majors through the 2013 season, mostly as a center fielder, mostly as a spare part, with six different franchises.

Not the career we imagined for him in 2000. But a respectable, and truly interesting, adjustment to circumstances.


Ankiel had two stints in the Midwest League. He pitched in 7 games for Peoria in 1998, with a 3-0 won/lost record, a 2.06 ERA, and 41 Ks in 35 innings. This earned him a promotion to Prince William, where he went 9-6.

In 2005 he was playing for Quad Cities when I saw him at West Michigan’s ballpark, and took this photo. He had two plate appearances in that game, then left the game after a minor injury.

Rick’s recently written a book about his baseball career, The Phenomenon. Haven’t read it yet, but the reviews I’ve seen are quite positive.

Number of pix taken on various June 6ths: 569
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 6
  • 2 Stars: 62
  • 3 Stars: 358
  • 4 Stars: 128
  • 5 Stars: 15

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The Peony Behind the Apple Trees

The Peony Behind the Apple Trees

On This Date: Photo taken 6/5/2012

Somehow we ended up with a peony patch that’s only visible to our backyard neighbors. Went to look at those five years back, and caught this photo.


Number of pix taken on various June 5ths: 676
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 10
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 467
  • 4 Stars: 136
  • 5 Stars: 16

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