Lake Odessa Depot

Lake Odessa Depot

On This Date: Photo taken 7/2/2012

Lake O’s tiny little passenger depot used to live downtown, where it was dwarfed by the neighboring grain silos when I first saw it in the early 1980s. For most of the depot’s career it was on the Pere Marquette and C&O mainline through Michigan. In 1988 the community moved the building north to the edge of the local fairground, where it now serves as a historical museum.


A new camera note: On 7/2/2009 I purchased a Fujifilm Finepix F200 to replace my Finepix F10, which had failed. It seemed like a logical replacement, but I soon came to dislike the F200. The colors were different and the menu system was intricate enough to be confusing.

I only took a few hundred photographs with the camera, the first of which was of the planters on our porch. When the sensor developed a dead spot I replaced the camera rather than getting a warranty repair.

Number of pix taken on various July 2nds: 248
Year of oldest photo: 1988

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 21
  • 3 Stars: 158
  • 4 Stars: 51
  • 5 Stars: 14

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Borgess Hospital

Borgess Hospital

On This Date: Photo taken 7/1/2014

I’m not sure what brought me into Kalamazoo on this date, but it was likely an appointment for my brother. Richard was in and out of the hospital throughout 2013 and 2014.


When I was young I lived two blocks from Borgess Hospital. This building’s inhabited my memories as long as I’ve had memories.

Number of pix taken on various July 1sts: 580
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 48
  • 3 Stars: 453
  • 4 Stars: 74
  • 5 Stars: 3

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Sail

Sail

On This Date: Photo taken 6/30/2012

On June 30, 2012, we headed for the Lake. Walked the beach a bit at Grand Haven, and watched the sunset at South Haven. Supper at Clementine’s.

A fine afternoon.


This was the day I finally figured out how I wanted to set up (use) my Nikon 1 V1 (and its successor, a V2). I’d been experimenting with the camera’s configuration for several months at this point; since then I’ve had a standard config with occasional deviations.

Most cameras work just fine as point-n-shoots, but there’s reasons I buy expensive gear. I get better performance and increased control.

Number of pix taken on various June 30ths: 436 [includes 6 by my brother–of that 2010 Habitat project]
Year of oldest photo: 1997

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 33
  • 3 Stars: 276
  • 4 Stars: 100
  • 5 Stars: 26

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Red Hot Poker

Red Hot Poker

On This Date: Photo taken 6/29/2014


Number of pix taken on various June 29ths: 1020 [includes 3 by my friend Joe–of me, again; I should learn to stop handing him my camera]
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 6
  • 2 Stars: 48
  • 3 Stars: 849
  • 4 Stars: 107
  • 5 Stars: 10

On 6/29/2010 my brother took 11 photos at the same Kalamazoo Habitat for Humanities project he’d documented on June 12. Richard’s set’s more about the people doing the work, and therefore more interesting than his earlier set.

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Brandon Mann

Brandon Mann

On This Date: Photo taken 6/28/2005

Midwest League action. Brandon’s pitching for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (a Rays affiliate, of course) against the Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays) in Lansing’s Oldsmobile Park. That’s Chris Nowak, out of focus beyond Mann, covering first base.


Posting two pix again today, because I’ve two photos I want to share.

Number of pix taken on various June 28ths: 720 [includes 3 by my father]
Year of oldest photo: 2003 [Dad’s are dated 1978]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 538
  • 4 Stars: 112
  • 5 Stars: 22

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Sails

Sails

On This Date: Photo taken 6/28/2015

There comes a time, late in the afternoon, when all the sailors return to harbor. Muskegon, two years ago today.

Do notice the South Pier Light marking the harbor’s entrance. Thanks.


Posting two pix again today, because I’ve two photos I want to share.

Number of pix taken on various June 28ths: 720 [includes 3 by my father]
Year of oldest photo: 2003 [Dad’s are dated 1978]

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 1
  • 2 Stars: 47
  • 3 Stars: 538
  • 4 Stars: 112
  • 5 Stars: 22

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Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower

On This Date: Photo taken 6/25/2007

Gaillardia definitely brighten up the garden.

We don’t seem to have any this summer….


A “new” lens note: Two years ago today I took my first photo with the 10 mm lens that sometimes adorns my Nikon 1 V2. ‘Twas a truly awful photo of Joan….

I bought the lens used, as sort of a throw-in when I purchased a 30-100 mm lens for the same camera from a private seller. One of the problems with the Nikon 1s has been lens failures, and we’ve not been exempt from those.

Number of pix taken on various June 25ths: 572 [includes 1 by Joan and 11 by my friend Joe; all are of me and Joe’s used my V2]
Year of oldest photo: 2005

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 6
  • 2 Stars: 45
  • 3 Stars: 346
  • 4 Stars: 146
  • 5 Stars: 29

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St Clair

St Clair

On This Date: Photo taken 6/24/2005

Since we were already up north for the car show (see yesterday’s On This Date), we headed to Sault Ste Marie for Engineer’s Day. And watched the big boats from up close.

St Clair‘s a 770 foot vessel, launched in 1975 to ferry coal to the Belle River power plant. She now carries other bulk cargoes, like most lakers.


We’ll be heading north for Engineer’s Day again this Friday, but we’re staying at a Soo hotel this time. See some of you there!

Number of pix taken on various June 24ths: 489
Year of oldest photo: 2003

How I Rated the Date’s Photographs:

  • 1 Star: 2
  • 2 Stars: 23
  • 3 Stars: 316
  • 4 Stars: 126
  • 5 Stars: 22

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