Friday, December 30, 2011

Someone Cares

I thought this photo would be a good way to end the year.  On Christmas Day we drive to downtown Detroit to help the Cass United Methodist Church give homeless families a special Christmas meal.  Afterwards we like to go exploring.  We came upon this wonderful mural on the side of an abandoned building.  I don't know it's history.  I only know that we had to stop and read the message.  It gave us pause to reflect. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all.  Remember the reason for the season.  

Roadside Rest Stop

In the early 1920's little country stores like this one started appearing along the dusty dirt roads.  Cars were becoming available to more people.  Travel to distant locations became more common.  Back then it was a big event to travel on dirt roads for 20-30 miles to visit "distant relatives."   These little convenience stores were strategically located so that you could get gasoline and a refreshing soda pop along the way.  Although the gas pumps have disappeared from this abandoned building, there were stacks of old egg cartons on the shelf.  This particular store was a place of social networking for the local inhabitants probably up into the 1970s. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

God Beams SkyWatch Friday





Somehow you just gotta think it's going to be a good day when it starts out like this.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Busy Bodies

Bird Business.  What a life!  Can you imagine spending your whole life on the beach, riding the surf with all your friends?  Sign me up....

Friday, November 18, 2011

Reflections of Fall

This picture was taken earlier in the week.  The entire side of this building is windows that behave like a giant mirror.  When I walked down the same path today, 5 days later, the leaves were all on the ground, the trees are naked and the reflection is empty.   

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Still Beautiful

What an incredible fall.  Some of the trees are still beautiful.  With weather in the mid 60s - which is unusual for this time of the year, I was tempted to sit on this bench and enjoy the sunshine on my face.  Makes up for yesterday, when it was cold, windy and rainy.  Well, that's Michigan for you.

Monday, November 14, 2011

What came first?

Every time I walk past this piece of "art" I ask myself "What came first?  The chicken or the egg."  I certainly never got the answer inside this building........

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Recycle Tree Art

This chain saw art was very intricate.  I liked the patriotic theme.  Enjoy......

Friday, November 4, 2011

Tranquility Sky Watch

At work I received a special project that allowed me to go around campus and take pictures of the storm water retention ponds.  This was a wonder break from my normal work.  Yesterday, was lucky enough to catch a flock of geese that are still hanging around.  Life is Good!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Seasonal House

This lady is really into seasonal landscaping.  Her landscaping gets more and more interesting with each passing year.  She changes it to go along with the season.  I wonder if she knows how much we appreciate her talent?  

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Mail Box Project

Greg and I started a personal project this summer.  We are going to put together a book on mailboxes - new, old, unique, pretty, ugly, etc.    This one comes under the "unique" category.  I just couldn't wait to share this one.  In case you can't see it - the arm holding up the mail box has a continuous waterfall coming out of it.  The water recirculates and is constantly running all summer long.  It is just the first of many curious things in his yard, including a full size waterfall that runs down a reflecting mirror into a pool that circles around the outside bar, with stools in the water and a fireplace in the center of the bar..........yipes, can you imagine if you had a drink or two?  Seems like too much time or money......but it was fun to look at!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Great Day To Be Alive SkyWatch Friday

Haven't seen blue sky for a couple of weeks now, so I had to go back a couple of weeks for this photo.  Soon it will all be just memories. 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Out and About

I had the camera one morning and grabbed this shot.  What a great place to just relax and enjoy nature, water, and man made all in one place.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Fall Retreat

What a gorgeous fall we had this year.  I didn't get to photograph as many fall colors as I would have liked, however, I did manage to capture this bridge in the Botanical Gardens.  I'll keep this memory in my mind as we enter into the dreaded winter. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tis The Season !

This big guy is guarding the pumpkin patch.  What fun he is having watching all the cars go by.  Some even stop to admire his plumage.   He is definitely one of a kind. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Surprise

This weekend we attended an interesting field trip to the city of Detroit.  One of our stops was on Belle Isle.  It just didn't fit my expectations to see a horse and rider galloping along the water front.  It served to remind me to be careful with stereotyping.  Oh by the way, this picture was taken by Greg.  I missed this shot, because I was enjoying the unusually warm weather sitting on the park bench and didn't turn around to see the horse go by until it was too late. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Remember When....

Don't you just love the lines on these old cars!  They just don't make 'em like they used to.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Recycling Down on the Farm

No words can possibly explain this!  What a sense of humor this farmer must have.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Got Milk? Sky Watch Friday

These Purely Michigan cows are contently eating their noon meal, totally oblivious to the storm brewing overhead!  What a life.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Is In The Air

Harvesting corn by hand is hard work.  This team has been trained to quietly (and patiently) move down the rows as a young boy gathered the corn stalks and loaded them on the wagon.  Then they would move ahead a few steps and repeat the process.  It's amazing to me that a few words from a young boy weighing about 130 pounds had complete control of this pair of horses - each horse probably weighing about 1600 pounds.  We enjoyed stopping and watching them work the field.   

Monday, September 12, 2011

Remember When........

Do you realize that some of today's youngsters, have never seen a pay phone....lived in a house with just one land line......never experienced a party line....telephone numbers were only 4 numbers long.....never had to dial "O" and talk to an operator in order to place a long distance call.  I can't even imagine what new technology the future will bring for the next generation.  It's exciting and frightening at the same time.

This particular pay phone is still  used and is a very important connection with the outside world to the local  Amish community.  The true Amish people do not have this modern convenience in their homes.  They drive their horses to a central location and share one phone with the entire community.

Team Work Pays Off

Working together makes everything easier.  This team made it look easy, while others were floundering.  Step by step they had their act together, and their teamster was using words of encouragement.  He was rewarded with the top prize.  Perhaps there is a lesson in there somewhere...........

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Love a Good Fair Sky Watch Friday

One of the best things about summer are the county fairs.  I just love a good fair.  The sights, sounds and smells. I usually skip the midway and head on over to the livestock barns. Looking at all of the livestock and farm exhibits is the highlight.  My favorite fairs are agriculture based.  You can see farm produce, flowers, quilts, antique farm equipment, livestock, 4-H livestock, tractor pulling and so much more.    The kids getting their animals ready and showing them at their finest -brings back great memories.  The Fulton County fair in northern Ohio surely is a fine example of an agriculture based fair - in case you missed it, the  fair grounds has a giant grain elevator in the corner of the parking lot. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Let's Get Ready


I liked this picture for two reasons.  Fairs are a great time for the kids to show off their hard work -having spent months taking care of and training their animals.  This little girl was working hard to prepare her pet goat for the show ring. She was doing the work herself - not her parents - who often do the work for their kids - which I think it totally wrong - it defeats the purpose.  The second reason; I liked the fact that this girl's hair matched the color and texture of her goat.  Which in this case is a good thing!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Wouldn't this be a wonderful place to take a break.  Maybe soon I can find the time.  These people have really got their marketing right.  At least in the summer!  I'll have to check out their landscape in the winter and see what they come up with.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Go Blue! SkyWatch Friday


Would you believe it.  Football season is here.  The University of Michigan's first home game is this weekend.  There are a lot of really dedicated football fans in this part of the state.  They believe in their team - win or lose. 

Some fun facts about the University of Michigan's football stadium:

Michigan Stadium is the third largest stadium in the world.  It's nickname is "The Big House"

On September 4th, 2010, 113,090 attended a game at Michigan Stadium between Michigan and the Connecticut Huskies,  the largest crowd to see a college football game since 1948 and an NCAA single-game record.

In 2004, Michigan set an NCAA record for average attendance at home games, with an average of 111,025 fans.

The first night football game in the stadium is scheduled for September 10, 2011.

Go Blue!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blooming Business

This photographer definitely has a sense of humor.  It's a great window display.  Very creative.  I give him an A+ 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Silky Corn Top

Corn silk is amazing.  Each one of these little hairs connects to a kernel of corn and when the proper time comes the kernel is pollinated.  The pollen comes from the tassel on top of the corn stalk......well, it's much to complicated for me......thank goodness mother nature has it all figured out. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Iron Maiden

This is the work of a clever and highly artistic blacksmith.  It stands guard over the entrance to it's home.  Thanks to Greg for seeing this picture as we drove by. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Working Hard to Feed the World

A farmer works long hours for many reasons.  They have a small window of time to harvest their crop and all of the time they have to keep an eye on the weather.  Thank goodness they are so dedicated - otherwise the rest of us would go hungry and pay a lot more for our groceries. 

Sleeping Giants

These giants are waiting to be taken to the shed and stored for this winter.  This is straw - what's left after harvesting the wheat.  It will be used for bedding for the cows.  They weigh over 600 pounds and have to be moved with a tractor. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Natural Recycling MyWorld

This creative bird built it's nest out of recycled paper stolen from the compost pile in the garden. 
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Michigan Pickers

Last weekend was Michigan's US-12 garage sale - 188 miles long.  What fun.  We took a vacation day from work and got started early.  The guys are having fun dickering over the prices of these prime pieces of authentic antique farm tools.  In the end, everybody was smiling.....well almost everyone!  

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Flashback in Time - MyWorld


Rail transport is a means of conveyance of passengers and goods. In the good ol' days railways were very important to small agriculture based towns and often towns were built around a rail way.  This building is still standing and reminds me of how times have changed.  No longer needed - trains pass it by.  I remember this building because it was across the road from the mill where we took our corn to be ground into cattle feed.  
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

In the Good Ol' Days MyWorld

In days gone by, agriculture communities were built near railways.  At  harvest time farmers took their grain to these grain elevators.  The elevator owners would store the grain until the price was right and then load it onto rail cars for shipment to distant lands.  In the present day, the farmers store their grain in large bins on the farm, and when the price is right they take it via semi truck to a grain broker.  I don't know if the farmers ever know when the price will be right. They seem to always be waiting:  for the right price, right time, right weather. 

This grain elevator is abandoned and no longer used.  Trains pass it by, no longer needing to stop.  Time marches on.  We had to stop and admire this grand structure - the paint job was interesting!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Let the Harvest Begin - SkyWatch Friday

This past week the combines moved into the wheat fields to begin harvest.  Depending on the weather they sometimes work late into the night in order to get the grain off before bad weather spoils their profit. 
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Golden Days of Summer MyWorld

The wild lilies are in full bloom.  This particular stretch of road had lilies on both sides of the road for about half a mile.  They seem to be really beautiful this year.  Maybe I have just slowed down and appreciate them more this year.  Comes with age - or maturity....whichever........
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Family Fun SkyWatch

I noticed that many of these old steam engines seem to have the entire family enjoy them - working and playing together. Between chopping wood, feeding the fire, and filling the boiler with water - there is something for everybody to do. I enjoyed watching them hard at work; running the saw mill and thrashing wheat. And of course, they have to blow their whistle and see who is the loudest!
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bottle Trees

Some folks have say that "money grows on trees" but really now - bottles on trees. Rare antique collectibles at that! Humm......

Monday, July 4, 2011

Fun on the Fourth

What a great day. We spent the whole day celebrating our freedom by garage sailing. Drove 250 miles of back roads. This sign gets the award for most creative. Came home with a car load of treasures. It's back to work tomorrow.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Blast from the Past - My World

Steam Engines lined up waiting to show their stuff. What fun to see them doing their work. I can visualize in my mind when these machines were considered modern equipment and were replacing the horse on the farm. Even today, their proud owners love to show them off!
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Monday, June 13, 2011

Macro Monday or MyWorld Tuesday

What is it? Greg likes to take close up pictures and this was of an antique airplane that flew into town on Memorial Weekend for the flyover during the parade. They took off from the local mini airport. This was a good thing, because they allowed us to walk around and look at these planes close up.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Bridge To Nowhere

Much rain has flooded out the little park, causing the bridge to start and end underwater. Perhaps it is now better fit for ducks!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hog Heaven

Memorial Day weekend brought severe thunderstorms, wind and rain. Memorial Day was bright, sunny and hot! 90 Degrees and humid. What more could a hog want?

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Green Pastures

This happy family is enjoying "greener pastures" - one advantage to all this rain!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Time Passed By - Sky Watch

Wild flowers surround this old fallen down barn which is guarded by the dead tree. The straw stored in the upper mow would appear to be older then I am. Oh, if only these walls could talk!

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Weekend - Remembering our Veterans


It is important this weekend to take time to remember our veterans. This year our family lost a brave soldier who fought to the very end. We owe them so much. We salute them all!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Spring Drive In

An old abandoned drive in. No longer being used. Sitting in the middle of a field of wild mustard. Oh the stories that could be told, and the memories. Wouldn't it be fun if the drive in became popular again!