Joan, reading at camp

Joan, reading at camp

On This Date: Photo taken 7/13/2011

On July 13 I often take pictures of Joan. And her Kindle.


This one’s at Van Riper State Park, near Marquette, in 2011. I’ve found her reading on our porch in 2013 (the only photo I took that day), and last year I caught her at the Fort Wilkins campground.

Number of pix taken on various July 13ths: 396
Year of oldest photo: 2007

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 5
  • 2 Stars: 22
  • 3 Stars: 274
  • 4 Stars: 90
  • 5 Stars: 5

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Watch the Sky

The Sky

On This Date: Photo taken 7/12/2007

Went to see the Whitecaps host the Beloit Snappers in (suburban) Grand Rapids a decade ago.

Watched a storm blow in….


They got the game in. I notice that the box score describes the weather as “Cloudy.”

Number of pix taken on various July 12ths: 783
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 64
  • 3 Stars: 548
  • 4 Stars: 145
  • 5 Stars: 22

Stockade

Stockade

On This Date: Photo taken 7/11/2016

Fort Wilkins was built in the 1840s to keep the peace between the copper miners and the natives, who’d recently signed away their rights to what we call the Upper Peninsula at the (first) Treaty of LaPointe. The peacekeeping turned out to be minimal and the fort was largely abandoned after a couple years.

The Army briefly reopened the post after the Civil War, evidently just because they needed a place for soldiers to finish out their terms. The Army’s like that.

Wilkins is a godforsaken place, at the extreme end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, out in the middle of Lake Superior.

Wilkins is a beautiful place, at the extreme end of the Keweenaw Peninsula, out in the middle of Lake Superior.

It’s all a matter of perspective.


Another way to describe the location: Fort Wilkins is at the extreme northern end of US-41.

I first visited the fort in 1965, and find my way up there about once a decade. It’s a wonderful place to stay for a few days. I’m reasonably sure I don’t want to live in the adjacent town, Copper Harbor, though.

And a new “camera” note: On this date in 2015 I took my first iPhone 6+ photo. As usual, it was of Taffy, catching rays in the picture window.

Number of pix taken on various July 11ths: 1323
Year of oldest photo: 1999 [my last visit to Tiger Stadium]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 111
  • 3 Stars: 1039
  • 4 Stars: 158
  • 5 Stars: 11

Almost an Island

Almost an Island

On This Date: Photo taken 7/10/2011

Marquette, on Lake Superior.

The park’s name is Presque Isle; the dock goes by LS&I (short for Lake Superior and Ishpeming) and by Upper Harbor and by (again) Presque Isle, depending who you ask. Presque Isle means “almost an island,” which describes the park.

Iron ore’s been shipped through Marquette since the locks at Sault Ste Marie opened in 1855, and for decades mining-related industries were the lifeblood of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. That’s nearing its end. This dock, built in 1911, is the last ore shipping facility active in Michigan, and Tilden Mine’s the last active pit.


I can chatter on about the Lake Superior iron mines for hours–I wrote my senior paper in college about them. I’ll spare you that. At least for today.

Number of pix taken on various July 10ths: 1053
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 62
  • 3 Stars: 834
  • 4 Stars: 144
  • 5 Stars: 9

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Gibby bunts

Gibby bunts

On This Date: Photo taken 7/8/2013

Cam Gibson–Kirk’s son–putting the ball in play for the Battle Creek Bombers against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. I’m pretty sure the WR pitcher’s Brandon Schmidt.

This was a Northwoods League game; these are college players using wooden bats and playing mostly in what used to be professional facilities. For some players it’s a summer lark; for others its preparation for the minor leagues.

The bunt worked, by the way; he got a single.


Cam’s among the most exciting baseball players I’ve ever seen. In some ways he’s a slightly smaller version of his dad–but I think he’s even faster, and he lacks Kirk’s astonishing power. The Tigers drafted him a couple years ago, and he’s working his way through the Detroit farm system.

Gibby played baseball for Michigan State for three years, at Battle Creek for one summer, and for West Michigan (Grand Rapids) in 2016 and 2017. So I’ve seen him play quite a few games. He’s worth watching. But he’s not the instant star his father was; that’s really asking too much of any youngster.

Cam was promoted to Lakeland a couple weeks back, when Detroit did their annual mid-June minor league player shuffle. Perhaps we’ll see him at Comerica in two or three years.

Number of pix taken on various July 8ths: 734
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0!
  • 2 Stars: 36
  • 3 Stars: 624
  • 4 Stars: 67
  • 5 Stars: 7

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Three Lakes

Three Lakes

On This Date: Photo taken 7/7/2014

Mixed memories today….

Three Lakes is south of Richland in Kalamazoo County. This is the central lake of the three, none of which have individual names.

A homeowner on the easternmost lake used to rent rowboats and sell bait. Dad and I would catch bluegills and sunfish, and an occasional perch….


My brother’s nursing home was north of Galesburg, and I’d drop in on him a couple times a week. The lakes were on my most common route to the facility, and I’d occasionally stop for photos on my way to visit. This pic’s from one of those stops.

Number of pix taken on various July 7ths: 286 [three are by Richard]
Year of oldest photo: 2005 [2000 if you include my brother’s pics]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 12
  • 3 Stars: 190
  • 4 Stars: 72
  • 5 Stars: 10

Dick’s photos were of a balloon ascension, taken in Battle Creek, and are quite delightful.

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Entropy

Entropy

On This Date: Photo taken 7/6/2013

The vines and gravity are winning.


Four years ago Mark O’Brien mentioned that he and his friend Abbey would be visiting the Ledges in Grand Ledge, so Joan and I met them at Oak Park. We had fun watching the climbers and trying to capture the cliffs on film and in pixels.

We pointed out that Lincoln Brick Park was nearby, so everyone headed over. This photo was taken there.

Number of pix taken on various July 6ths: 896
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 21
  • 2 Stars: 151
  • 3 Stars: 568
  • 4 Stars: 135
  • 5 Stars: 21

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Rocks Along the Trail

Rocks Along the Trail

On This Date: Photo taken 7/4/2013

We generally stay home for Independence Day–sit on the porch, weed the flowers, just relax. If we go out it’s usually to walk along the trail in Grand Ledge.


Number of pix taken on various July 4ths: 505
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 6
  • 2 Stars: 69
  • 3 Stars: 341
  • 4 Stars: 76
  • 5 Stars: 13

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