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

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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

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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

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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

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The Sun Rises Over Lake Huron

The Sun Rises Over Lake Huron

On This Date: Photo taken 9/2/2012

Sunrise is not the main reason we stay on the waterfront in Saint Ignace, but it’s one of the reasons.

Notice the hotel’s fake owl on the right edge of the photo. We think it was supposed to keep the gulls away. It didn’t work.


The Great Lakes shoreline changes, sometimes in ways you wouldn’t expect. The water’s a lot higher these days than it was five years back, so the beach now ends about where those chairs were.

But there’s more. It appears that the rising water’s completely eroded the small peninsula that used to extend from the hotel’s beach into the Straits. We didn’t expect that.

Number of pix taken on various September 2nds: 533
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 65
  • 3 Stars: 380
  • 4 Stars: 81
  • 5 Stars: 6

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Escape

Escape

On This Date: Photo taken 9/1/2013

We needed a break from the University of Michigan Hospitals’ waiting room, so we whipped out an electronic map and found our way to Matthaei Botanical Gardens, where Joan and I explored while Richard sat and read.

‘Twas an excellent escape, though it didn’t ease our worries.


I’d known the garden mainly through Mark O’Brien’s photographs of his wife Adrienne’s workplace. I’m glad we finally saw it in person, though the circumstances were trying.

Number of pix taken on various September 1sts: 1086
Year of oldest photo: 2004

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 7
  • 2 Stars: 63
  • 3 Stars: 794
  • 4 Stars: 192
  • 5 Stars: 30

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Life on the Porch

Life on the Porch

On This Date: Photo taken 8/31/2014

Joan, on the phone with her sister Pam. Probably I knew what she was pointing at when I took the picture, but I’ve forgot.


Number of pix taken on various August 31sts: 888
Year of oldest photo: 1995

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 3
  • 2 Stars: 115
  • 3 Stars: 628
  • 4 Stars: 131
  • 5 Stars: 11

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Last Sail of the Season

Last Sail of the Season

On This Date: Photo taken 8/30/2008

Nine years ago today we spent the afternoon in Port Huron. We wandered along the river, watched sailboats and other pleasure craft out for their last fling of the summer, and saw a few ships–including Sarah Spencer, who’s in the background here.

While the water was a bit rough, the weather was glorious. So were the sailboats.


Sarah Spencer, with her tug consort Jane Ann IV, is an articulated tug/barge (ATB). She was built in 1959 as a powered ship, called Adam Cornelius, and converted to an ATB around 1990. Both as a ship and a barge she’s long been one of my personal favorites.

Sarah, Spencer, and Jane Ann are all names of members of the owner’s immediate family.

She’s been effectively retired for several years, now. She’s a small ship, and perhaps not economical.

Number of pix taken on various August 30ths: 306
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 34
  • 3 Stars: 206
  • 4 Stars: 59
  • 5 Stars: 5

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Eddie De La Cruz to Joe Benson

Eddie De La Cruz to Joe Benson

On This Date: Photo taken 8/29/2006

De La Cruz is pitching for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays and Benson’s at bat for the Beloit Snappers, a Brewers affiliate. Midwest League action at Battle Creek’s CO Brown Stadium.

The D’Rays were about done. They’d play two more home dates, then a Labor Day series in Lansing. After those the franchise moved to Midland, where they became the Great Lakes Loons.

I miss ’em. Especially late in August I miss ’em.


Under the lights my baseball photographs are more about capturing action than stopping it. Thus: Eddie’s in motion, the baseball’s a blur, and Joe’s about to swing that bat. The second baseman’s Matt Devins.

Number of pix taken on various August 29ths: 392
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 41
  • 3 Stars: 289
  • 4 Stars: 56
  • 5 Stars: 5

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