Dusted

Dusted

On This Date: Photo taken 11/13/2012

Four years ago I posted a very similar photo that I took a few seconds after this one.

Under that image I said: “We got our first snow a year ago. Even a bored photographer should be able to make something of new snow.” Still true….


That pic’s commentary goes on to talk about my Nikon 1 V1, and offers the opinion that I’d have likely preferred an Olympus OM-D system. Which bears mentioning because I purchased an OM-D just last week.

I’m still using a (different) Nikon 1, though, and plan to keep carrying it. The Olympus is replacing my D500.

Number of pix taken on various November 13ths: 231
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 18
  • 3 Stars: 164
  • 4 Stars: 39
  • 5 Stars: 6

The View from Port Huron

The View from Port Huron

On This Date: Photo taken 11/12/2016

The saltie–an ocean-going ship–Federal Maas heads downstream on the St. Clair River between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, one year ago today.

And it would seem that the gent by the railing has caught himself a fish.


Call me a boatnerd; I don’t mind. If I lived in Port Huron (or Duluth, or Marquette, or the Soo) I’d be down by the river (lake, locks) nearly every day to watch the ships pass. Instead I get to Port Huron and Sault Ste Marie once or twice a year apiece, and make do.

“Boatnerd” is a relatively new word that means a person who watches ships on the Great Lakes. The term was coined by Neil Schultheiss, who began building his www.boatnerd.com website when the World Wide Web was young. His was one of the first sites I discovered when I first got online in 1995.

Number of pix taken on various November 12ths: 655 [includes 2 by my brother]
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 84
  • 3 Stars: 451
  • 4 Stars: 111
  • 5 Stars: 9

Baker Sanctuary

Baker Sanctuary

On This Date: Photo taken 11/11/2015

Two years ago Michigan Audubon had just done major maintenance on the trails at Bernard Baker Sanctuary, and landscape photographs tended to show the effects of that work. So my camera mostly concentrated on details–grasses-gone-to-seed, individual trees, dried wildflowers. The set’s quite different from my usual Baker photographs.


Number of pix taken on various November 11ths: 172
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 5
  • 3 Stars: 103
  • 4 Stars: 52
  • 5 Stars: 12

Richard

Richard

On This Date: Photo taken 11/11/2009

Dick loved that hat.

We picked up my brother in Kalamazoo and walked the South Haven beaches on this date in 2009.

This photo was taken at Van Buren State Park. We explored that beach for a while, then walked the beach in town. We likely ate at one of the downtown restaurants.


Joan and I generally get out and walk on Veterans Day weekend. Besides this South Haven excursion my photographs show multiple Baker Sanctuary trips, a few walks along the river in Grand Ledge, and a couple Port Huron outings.

Another version of the story is that I’ve been walking South Haven’s beaches my entire life. My family loved–and still loves–Lake Michigan’s shore. South Haven’s the closest shore to Kalamazoo, so that was our easiest destination.

Number of pix taken on various November 11ths: 172
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 5
  • 3 Stars: 103
  • 4 Stars: 52
  • 5 Stars: 12

The Dam

The Dam

On This Date: Photo taken 11/10/2013

Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. Most Grand River dams are like this; Webber Dam is an exception.


Last time I published a photo from this set the processing was a bit more colorful.

Number of pix taken on various November 10ths: 607
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 4
  • 2 Stars: 37
  • 3 Stars: 402
  • 4 Stars: 130
  • 5 Stars: 34

Revision History:

Light on a Wall

Light on a Wall

On This Date: Photo taken 11/9/2016

Downtown Jackson, Michigan.


November 9 is the only date where I’ve no photographs I’ve rated at two stars. It seems unlikely this record will last the day….

Number of pix taken on various November 9ths: 74
Year of oldest photo: 2012

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 0
  • 2 Stars: 0
  • 3 Stars: 61
  • 4 Stars: 13
  • 5 Stars: 0

Webber Dam

Webber Dam

On This Date: Photo taken 11/8/2012

Photo-a-day projects need variety, and eventually that need catches up with you. This photo was one day’s solution.

I’d seen this dam mentioned somewhere, but hadn’t realized how close it was to home. When I figured out it was just a few miles north of our house I really had to go find it.

Another photo from that trip, with a very short story at the top of the caption. Since I retired before Joan, she’d often ask if my day had a plan as she left for work. This day had one.


Now that I know it’s there, I visit every now and then. Joan and I were there again a few days ago.

Number of pix taken on various November 8ths: 208
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 36 [bad photos of 2003’s eclipse]
  • 3 Stars: 114
  • 4 Stars: 50
  • 5 Stars: 6

The Pony

The Pony

On This Date: Photo taken 11/7/2004

Joan blames my heart attack.

Thirteen years ago today we went car shopping. I test-drove a Hyundai Tiburon, a Chrysler Sebring convertible, a Mitsubishi Eclipse, and both 2004 and 2005 Mustangs. I’d test-driven a Miata a few months before.

Came home with this one.


“Like your car.” “Thanks, I like it too.”

You’d have thought it was an exotic. People would stop, point, and stare. After a year or so the new design had become pretty common, so the effect died down, but the stares and compliments never completely stopped.

At first most everyone stared. Later on it was mostly 60ish guys who wished they’d bought a pony car in the ’60s.

Like me.

Number of pix taken on various November 7ths: 167
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 9
  • 2 Stars: 17
  • 3 Stars: 111
  • 4 Stars: 28
  • 5 Stars: 2

Two Men in a Boat

Two Men in a Boat

On This Date: Photo taken 11/6/2010

Late in the afternoon I stepped out on our room’s balcony to photograph the sunset, and the setting sun’s light on South Haven’s harbor.

My camera found the maritime museum, dozens of empty slips that surely hold boats in the summer, Dyckman Avenue’s drawbridge, the marina across the way, Captain Lou’s just coming to life, and (of course) the sunset. It also found these guys, in search of supper.


Number of pix taken on various November 6ths: 250
Year of oldest photo: 2006

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 10
  • 2 Stars: 18
  • 3 Stars: 113
  • 4 Stars: 91
  • 5 Stars: 18

Haven

Haven

On This Date: Photo taken 11/5/2010

There are signs where these piers meet the beach: “Warning. This Structure is Not Designed for Public Access. Proceed at Your Own Risk.”

These waves are not the only danger, but they’re the obvious danger. They’re sometimes much higher. Usually, though, the lake’s much calmer.


We spent a long 2010 weekend in South Haven both to celebrate my retirement and to recover from what had been an exceptionally stressful week.

November fifth, as you can see, was a kinda yucky day. The other days were beautiful, though. We walked the beach, wandered around downtown, tried several local restaurants. And we enjoyed our room at Old Harbor, overlooking the marina.

Number of pix taken on various November 5ths: 335
Year of oldest photo: 2006

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 8
  • 2 Stars: 50
  • 3 Stars: 186
  • 4 Stars: 83
  • 5 Stars: 8