Monday, December 31, 2012

Good By to 2012

Another year has come to an end.  Looking back there are many things to be thankful for.  Both of us were able to retire this year and start the next stage in our lives.  We are looking forward to next year and the many new and exciting things awaiting for us to discover. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Go Tell It On The Mountain......

Down in a lowly manger
                 The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
                     That blessed Christmas morn....

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Days 'Till Christmas

These guys are just hanging around - getting ready for the big night.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

14 Days 'Till Christmas

Click on the picture to see it enlarged.  Only then can you appreciate this person's gift to everybody who passes by.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Time To Give Thanks

Taken only a month ago, the leaves are now gone and all that remains are bare branches - perhaps more appropriate.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Remember our Veterans

Please take the time to thank a veteran for their sacrifice.  Freedom is not free!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Chain Saw Art

This huge tree sprouted this wonderful art.  It has critters on all four sides.  It is sad when one of these huge old trees dies, but this is a great way to recycle and preserve its memory.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Remember When

Seen recently in front of an historic building in Blissfield.  Built in the Greek Revival style in 1851 for David Carpenter, a wealthy farmer and merchant. It was a private residence until 1960 when it became a restaurant. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Best Friends?

I found these guys lurking in Hidden Lake Gardens.  I guess football season is in the air!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Out and About

Obviously not out west on the Great Plains.  Would you believe almost within the city limits of Ann Arbor, Michigan?  Yes, a herd of 60 buffalo watching traffic pass by at the crossroads of  US 23 &
M 14.  Goes to show - Michigan has something for everyone.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wall Art - Mexican Village - Detroit, Michigan

Another beautiful piece of artwork.  I don't know who did this, but it is beautiful.  There is a lot of symbolism in this piece.  We noticed that this kind of art is respected - and seldom is it defaced, or destroyed. 

Lake Michigan

Feeling the force of the wind - South Haven Lighthouse.

Lake Michigan Effected by Hurricane Sandy

Lake Michigan felt the effects of "Sandy".  Waves at this lighthouse near Benton Harbor were officially reaching 16-18 feet and winds at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.   Note that the pier is entirely underwater.   I can't even imagine what the people on the east coast went through.  Our prayers are with them as they recover from this devastating event.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Stone Barn

We have been taking photos of unusual barns for a long time.  This one takes the prize.  It is very unusual for our part of the country.  It is now abandoned and no longer used. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wall Art

3D wall art found in Mexican Village in Detroit, Michigan.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Close Up View of Fall

Some people really get into the spirit of the season. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Peace in the Valley

Enjoying the weather while the grass is still green.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall View from the Past

We pass this beautiful home on the way to town.  We have been told that this was Henry Ford's summer home.  Mr. Ford and his friends visited here often - back in the day.  I wonder what stories these wall could tell?  I think this place is beautiful all year around - but fall is my favorite.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Another of the Many Faces of Detroit

While exploring the city of Detroit we discovered this beautiful Roman Catholic Church, Ste Anne's.  Despite all the negative publicity, there are some wonderful places to explore in Detroit, a city rich in history important to Michigan.

Let me introduce you to Ste Anne's Roman Catholic Church.
On July 26, 1701, two days after arriving, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit, built a chapel dedicated to Saint Anne, the patron saint of New France.  The church records, which date from 1704, are now the second oldest continuous Roman Catholic parish records in the nation.  The cornerstone for the present Gothic Revival building, was laid in 1886.  The church displays the oldest stained glass in the city.  Father Gabriel Jacques Richard arrived in Detroit in 1798.  In 1802 he became the pastor of Ste Anne's Church.  He brought a printing press to the area and in 1809 printed Michigan’s first newspaper, The Michigan Essay or Impartial Observer.  In 1817 Father Richard and Revered John Monteith (a Presbyterian minister), became the first professors of the University of Michigan, the territory’s pioneer educational establishment.  Richard also established schools for girls and Indian children.  From 1823 to 1825 Father Richard was the Michigan Territory’s delegate to the United States Congress and was instrumental in gaining support for the Territorial Road, which linked Detroit and Chicago, opening Michigan to settlement.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall in the Country

Ride the Rails

This is a great time of the year to hop on a train and enjoy the off road countryside.  

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Down on the Farm

It's in the details.  Notice the horse shoe hanging on the fence......

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fat Cat

Every year this farmer creates a animal farm character out of large round bales of straw to draw attention to his roadside produce stand.  This is the year of the cat.  To get the size in perspective - the round bales making up its body and head are about 600 pounds and about 5 feet in diameter.  Notice the bell on its collar to warn off unsuspecting rodents - or a neighborhood dog.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Down on the Farm

Fall has arrived.  The corn harvest has begun.  This is an unusual sight.  This combine was probably first used in the 1960s. A two row corn picker - spits out whole ears of corn. As opposed to the modern computer driven machines that pick 12 rows at a time and spits out kernals of corn (cob removed).   Be sure to thank a farmer for putting food on your table.  Long hours, hard work - even when they know the crop will be small this year - due to the lack of rain in our area.  

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Never Forget

3,000 American flags, representing the lost souls on 911.  Unity Field, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan.  May God bless America!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer

What a wonderful way to spend a hot summer day.  With fall just around the corner, you just gotta take advantage.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Doing It Right

One of my pet peeves is to go to a fair and watching the parents doing all the work preparing the animals for the show ring for their kids. Obviously this young lady has wise parents.   Here she is doing the finishing touches on her calf all by herself.  It's a great learning opportunity - a training ground for the future real world.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Three Young Ladies Taking A Break

After a long day of preparation and getting ready for their big day in the show ring these ladies are ready for a break.  All is well.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Big Boys Take A Break

These big guys weigh close to half a ton each.  Can you imagine 6 of them hitched together to pull a wagon or plow a field?     

Need For Speed

I can smell the sweat, feel the hoofbeats, and hear the crowd encouraging their favorite.  A new blanket awaits the lucky first place horse in the winner's circle.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Future Farmers of America

After working with their animals all summer, it's show time.  Tomorrows farmers learn life's lessons in the real world. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fair Time

Tis the season.  Fall is in the air.  I just love a good fair.  Can you smell the fair food, hear the music from the merry-go-round, the kids laughing, the loudspeakers blaring?  Don't forget the arts & craft building.  The handmade quilts, jars of canned fruit, flower arrangements, horse racing, and tractor pulling.  Homemade ice cream, snow cones, elephant ears, and polish sausage (piled high with fried onions).     

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

George Armstrong Custer

Raised in Monroe, Michigan he graduated from West Point in 1861. In 1863 he became a Brigadier General and commanded the Michigan Cavalry Brigade.  He led his men to victory over the Confederates at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.  After the Civil War he was appointed Lt. Colonel of the US Seventh Cavalry.  On June 25, 1876 he gained notoriety at the Battle of the Little Big Horn where he and 266 others died. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Best Friends

Check out the hair cut of the guy on the left.  Click to enlarge the photo.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How Hot Is It?

Would you believe hot enough to warp this metal ladder? 

Friday, July 20, 2012

School Bus Stop

During the school year, the kids wait inside this cozy little building for the school bus to arrive.  In the winter it is much appreciated to have shelter from the cold and blowing snow.  They can sit inside and look out the window in three directions.  It apparently is unused during the summer.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Rural Architecture

This arrangement of farm buildings immediately caught our eye as we were passing through the countryside.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cool Flowers

A good place to stop and enjoy the shade.  You can't tell from this photo but it was 95 degrees in the sun and it seemed like I was always looking for some cool spot.  Of course, the flowers seemed to be beckoning for a closer look at their beauty.  Who could resist?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Expect the Unexpected

Mr. John Deere would surely roll over in his grave if he saw one of his tractors painted "breast cancer" pink.  But I am sure he would approve of the "cause."    Now the little lady, that's a different story.  She is out to find herself a a new tractor........