Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year


O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me;
How often has the Christmas tree
Afforded me the greatest glee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Much pleasure thou can'st give me.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
From base to summit, gay and bright,
There's only splendor for the sight.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
Thy candles shine so brightly!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has decked thee!
Thou bidst us true and faithful be,
And trust in God unchangingly.
O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!
How richly God has blessed thee!

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!

It's been a fun year. I have many faithful and loyal followers. I appreciate each of you and enjoy reading your comments. May each of you be blessed in the coming year.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Waiting To Be Discovered

This was as close as we could get to this treasure. The junk yard dog was guarding his territory. And doing a mighty fine job of it too!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Junk Yard Dog

After I saw this dog, this song kept going thru my head all the rest of the day:

Well the South side of Chicago
Is the baddest part of town
And if you go down there
You better just beware
Of a man named Leroy Brown

And it's bad, bad Leroy Brown
The baddest man in the whole damned town
Badder than old King Kong
And meaner than a junkyard dog

Detroit's Many Faces

On Christmas Day we had the opportunity to travel to down town Detroit. Not much traffic on the holiday, so we were able to enjoy the city in ways that are not normally possible. We found this beautiful piece of wall art- painted on the side of a huge building in a lonely part of town. You can only appreciate this masterpiece when you realize the scale of it. The car is a normal car. Enjoy.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Go Tell The Story

Go Tell It On The Mountains
Over the Hills
and Everywhere

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Angels Singing

Angels from the realms of glory,
wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Love Came Down At Christmas

Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
Star and angels gave the sign.

Friday, December 24, 2010

What Child Is This?

What child is this who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Infant holy, infant lowly,
for his bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ the babe is Lord of all.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Friendly Beasts

"I" said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
"I carried his mother uphill and down,
I carried his mother to Bethlehem town;"
"I" said the donkey, shaggy and brown.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Angels Singing

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing ov’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Frosty's Friend

This little guy is looking for his friend, Frosty. They have much in common.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Frosty

Isn't this a handsome gent! 3 degrees F this morning. He looks like he is dressed to keep warm.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - MyWorld Tuesday

I guess we were just plain lucky. Only about 6 inches of snow, cold temperatures and blowing winds. It could be worse. Just look at the other northern states. Way to go Minnesota! Today is a new day. The sun is shining.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

The Big Chill

This poor guy has the enormous task of blowing snow off of the 108,000 seats in the University of Michigan's "Big House" stadium before tomorrow afternoon when the first ever ice hockey game will be held in the stadium. Michigan vs Michigan State. With that many people packed in, I guess it won't matter that it will be below freezing.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Just Me and the Birds - SkyWatch

Oh what a difference two weeks makes! Two weeks ago was Thanksgiving and we were enjoying the sunshine and beach. Today it was 9 degrees F on the way to work. Yuck!
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tis The Season II

I just couldn't resist one more from the Hidden Lakes Botanical Gardens.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tis the Season - MyWorld

What a wonderful weekend we had. A wonderful time of the year. And to be with friends made it even more special.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Daytona Beach - SkyWatch Friday

One thing I really like about having to travel to Florida to visit mom is the beautiful sunrises on the ocean.
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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tree of Knowledge -MyWorld

We found this interesting tree on the Thomas Edison/Henry Ford estate in Fort Myers Florida. I would say that between Henry Ford and Thomas Edison this tree was surrounded by much knowledge. For more MyWorld photos from around the world click here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hot Rod

Now here's a HOT rod. Complete with flames.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Surprise!

Deer hunting season opened this week. We found this mural painted on a garage out in the country. I thought it was appropriate for this week.

Monday, November 15, 2010

This Old House 2 - MyWorld

I like all the busyness in this photo. Lines going in different directions, the shape of the window, the missing window pane, the reflections in the window, the paint missing on the boards and the shadows. All tell a haunting story of better times in the past.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Never Forget The Price of Freedom

Take the time on this day to thank a veteran for their sacrifice to keep us free. And remember those who have gone before.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Muskegon South Pierhead - MyWorld

This lighthouse in on Lake Michigan. I liked the B&W version because it accents the beautiful red color of the lighthouse. Here is a brief history of this lighthouse.

Muskegon South Pierhead By Dave Wobser
Completed in 1903, this conical red tower replaced a shore light that had been built in 1852.
The light is at the end of a concrete pier on the south side of the channel that connects Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake. The tower is cast iron and stands 48 feet tall. The lantern room holds a Fourth Order Fresnel lens that is semi-circular and has a brass reflector panel. The light shines over 180 degrees of the horizon. The U.S. Coast Guard Station Muskegon is located on shore at the base of the pier. The light is located next to Pere Marquette Park on Beach Street, at the end of either Lakeshore Drive or Sherman Boulevard.
Also located in Muskegon, near the lighthouse, is the WWII museum submarine USS Silversides.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

This Old Barn

I have a soft spot for these old barns. They are quickly disappearing, so I must hurry to document them all before they are gone from our memories.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SkyWatch Friday

Harvesting the grain is in full swing. Many of the farmers take their crops to a local grain elevator such as this to sell or store their crop. Most of these small elevators are near a rail road, so that the grain can later be moved to a larger storage location - awaiting further processing or shipment overseas.
I caught this local elevator in the early morning light just as the sun was waking up.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

This Old Barn

I liked the lines, texture and colors in this photo. To me the tree branch shadows added another dimension by adding diagonal lines. The window just begs me to try to look inside.
More barn photos from around the world can be seen here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

From the Mighty Oak

We found this unique mushroom growing from the stump of an oak tree. All of the textures and lines caught my attention.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat


The word Halloween is firstused in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even ("evening"), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Up through the early 20th century, the spelling "Hallowe'en" was frequently used, eliding the "v" and shortening the word. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not used until 1556.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rust on Rust - SkyWatch

I am not a huge fan of modern art - but this piece caught my eye. A man-made rusty structure along with nature-made rusty leaves behind it under a brilliant blue sky. A feast for my eyes. At least it got me to stop and look! Oh alright, I did enjoy the contrast.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

This Old Barn

So many of the old barns are being neglected and are falling down. This one appears to have a new tin roof and an attempt at some paint. I enjoyed this photo because of the textures and lines of each structure going in different directions.
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LR3,PS5, Flypaper textures

Monday, October 25, 2010

Nature at Her Best - MyWorld

Blue sky and fall colors cool temperatures. Hard to beat. This old farm house has corn stalks tied to the pillars on the front porch. I guess they really get into fall.
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Good Ol' School Days

This is the abandoned school from yesterday's post. It appears to still be used for something. I don't know what. They modernized it with a handicap ramp.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Walking in the Leaves

Remember when we were kids, how much fun it was to play in the leaves. Pile them up and hide in them. Or just walking thru the leaves, kicking them up as you went along. This is an old school house, it had a sew-saw and merry-go-round in the side yard. Long since abandoned, but still in good shape.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Another Good Day - SkyWatch

Sunset is marking the end of another beautiful day. Wonderful fall colors and cool crisp air.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Enjoying the good life!

These two are enjoying the beautiful weather and the beautiful trees in their pasture.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Perfect Ending To The Weekend - MyWorld

This was one of the last photos taken on the way home this weekend. The sun was setting on this family reunion, geese are flying overhead (click to enlarge), crops are in the field waiting for harvest, trees are at the peak colors. A perfect ending for a perfect weekend.

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Smiley - MyWorld

Yep, his real name is Smiley. An old satellite dish in his pasture with his face on it. At least that's HIS story. He seems to be very used to being the center of attention.
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Beauty Is Everywhere - SkyWatch

What a beautiful fall we are having. The weather is beautiful, the sky is beautiful, even the weeds are beautiful. Enjoy.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall Is In The Air

What a beautiful time of the year. Take the time to enjoy it!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tools of the Trade - MyWorld

We found this bucket of old hand saws at a garage sale. It seems sad to me when the tools that were used to make a living to feed and clothe a family are sold to total strangers. I know that these went to a good home to be treasured for their sentimental value rather than their antique value.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Spokes of Times

An old grain drill. The farmer loads grain into the red hopper. As the tractor pulls the drill the grain falls thru the green tube into the soil that has been sliced by the green disk. Each different crop has different width rows, so it always had to be adjusted for the specific crop being planted. Needless to say, farmers are always busy.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hard at Work SkyWatch

A beautiful fall day to watch an old fashion steam engine running an old fashion saw mill. I am glad these old pieces of equipment are still around to show us "youngsters" how it used to be done!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Road Less Travelled........

We found this on a little travelled gravel road. I can only imagine the story. Any suggestions?

Monday, October 4, 2010

This little piggy..... My World

This little piggy was found attracting attention alongside the road next to a farmer's market. He is very fashionable. Made from various bales of hay and pumpkins. In order for you to get a feel of the scale.....his mid-section is made up of round bales - they weigh between 500-600 pounds and are about 5 feet in diameter. His legs are made of square bales which are 3-4 feet long. His meal of gourmet "corn on the cob" is on the table. Looks like dessert is in the background. What more could a piggy ask for!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Sittin' on the Front Porch

We had to turn around to check this out. I couldn't believe it. Out in the middle of nowhere, a full living room suite of leather couches on the front porch. Sure puts a new spin on "sitting on the front porch watching the cars go by." I wonder what they have in their "real" living room for furniture? Perhaps they could spend some of their money on a coat of paint.