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Providing Light From Atop the Rocks

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I earlier published an image that I made at Bass Harbor Head lighthouse in Maine. It was the first lighthouse that I ever photographed.

Made in October 1978, it would be decades before I again photographed another lighthouse. In recent years I’ve developed an interest in lighthouses although most of those that I photograph these days are on the Great Lakes.

My first attempt to photograph Bass Harbor was at the entrance level. That was the image I posted earlier.

After making it, I noticed that there was a way to climb down the rocky knoll upon which the lighthouse sits.

The sun was sinking fast and casting warm light on the rocks and the lighthouse itself. My earlier photograph does well in showing more of the lighthouse itself, but this angle provide more context, including giving a hint of why the lighthouse was situated here in the first place many years ago.


What Drifted in From Lake Erie

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There is much to see and find while walking along a beach, such as Headlands Beach State Park near Mentor, Ohio.

I’m not sure if taking the drift wood home is against the law and I’ve never done it. I have picked up rocks and I’ve seen people searching for pieces of glass that washed ashore.

There have probably been folks who took home pieces of drift wood.

Maybe the waves will wash these pieces of drift wood back into the water and they will drift ashore somewhere else.

What is certain is that in time they will deteriorate.

Curled up on the End of the Roll

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Back in the days when I used to make photographs on slide film I would often come home from a photo expedition with two, three or four frames left on the roll of film in my camera.

I wanted to take the film in right away to be developed but didn’t want to waste the unexposed frames.

My go-to subject matter for using up the rest of the roll was our cat Chessie. As cats are want to do, she was often napping somewhere in the house.

I would find her and make a few images to finish off the roll of film.

Such was the case with this image made in May 2009 when she was curled up in a ball on our bed.

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March 28, 2017 at 5:30 am

The Blue in Bluewater Michigan

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Michigan describes itself as the Great Lakes State. It’s an apt description because it is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes.

You might also sometimes see the phrase “bluewater Michigan” used to describe the state. If that moniker had a image next to it, it might be something like this.

This happens to be Lake Huron, but it could be any of the Great Lakes that border the state.

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March 27, 2017 at 6:14 am

Locked Inside

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Back in August 2010 a friend and I ventured to the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. While there we took a boat tour that took us inside one of the locks. This is what it looks like after they drain the water and before the doors open to let ¬†you out on the “low side” of the locks.

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March 17, 2017 at 7:59 am

First Red Rocks I Saw

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Many people visit Sedona, Arizona, to see the red rocks there. That was one of the attractions for me, too, during a visit in October 2016.

I don’t remember if this formation has a name, but it was one of the first ones that I spotted on the drive north. There was a museum and overlook here so I wheeled in and got this image.


Angry Water

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Lake Michigan was angry. The winds was whipping around, the water was choppy and a red warning flag had been posted on the beach to advise against swimming.

It was as though the lake was daring someone to go out there. A storm seemed to be forming off over the lake off the shore of Holland, Michigan.

I was thankful that I didn’t have to go out on that waters in a boat. It would not have been a smooth ride.

We didn’t stay for too long. I got my photographs and left. I’ll be back when the lake is in a better mood.