Art, Dreams, Landscape, Nature, Nightmares, photography, Poetry

Middle of the Night

Abstract image of sunrise over the rippled sruface of a lake.

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Almost noon in the middle of the night where time has never been

Ripples sneak across the surface without moving in space that never was

Light bends its waves in a continuum that will never be.

 

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Art, Landscape, Nature, photography, Travel, Weather

Holy Place

Duck Lake, Muskegon County, Michigan, USA

With barely a hint of breeze and quiet – so quiet, you could hear normal speaking voices from shore. The combination of sound, soft light and stillness in the air made me feel as if Duck Lake, this morning, was a most holy place. On the other hand, the fish weren’t biting and I still haven’t won the lottery. So, just what does happen in holy places anyway?

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Art, Blossoms, Flowers, photography

The Golden Road

Field of Coreopsis

Who could walk by this field of Coreopsis and not take a picture? Last year the field was covered with stiff stem poppies and buckeye daisies. Just a couple weeks ago the hillock to the left was awash in pastel purples and pinks of Phlox. I’m anxious to see what comes next.

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Food, Personal Profile, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Summer Job, Work

New Face at the Soda Fountain

Ali O'Connell working Lipka's vintage soda fountain.

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Ali O’Connell of Wichita Falls, TX, is the new face at Lipka’s vintage soda fountain in Montague, MI. Every year about this time she travels to Michigan to spend a month or so with her grandmother. (What a sweet young lady. I can’t get my grand kids to visit more than a couple days, if they come at all.) This summer she elected to work part-time while she’s in town and will be dipping ice cream six afternoons each week until the end of June.

Ali will be a high school senior in Wichita Falls next fall. While she plans to attend college, she hasn’t yet decided just where. Her goal is to teach little kids in elementary school. In the meantime, she spends much of her time volunteering and she’s proud to say she has accrued more than 300 hours of community service, primarily at the local hospital – where she also serves ice cream – but she volunteers for other community projects as well.

When at home, if she’s not practicing with the high school cheer-leading team she plays golf and “just hangs with family and friends.”

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Landscape, Nature, Outdoor Sports, photography, Photojournalism

Free Fishing Weekend

Free Fishing Weekend

Families line the bank of White Lake for Michigan’s biannual “Free Fishing Weekend.”

The state of Michigan offers two free-fishing weekends a year. This year’s summer event occurred June 13th and 14th. The purpose is to encourage children and families to enjoy the great outdoors, especially the wonders of sport fishing. It is thought that people who fish are more attuned to the demands of the aquatic environment and will help to improve and maintain it.

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Payton Ohs, with her mother, and brother, shows off her prized Bluegill early in the morning. (click on the photo to see a larger image.)

Families with their children traveled from around the state to participate in the White Lake Area Sportfishing Association fishing contest for children.

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Jaxton Monroe, 8 years old, poses with his dad and their freshly caught Bluegill. (click on photo to see a larger image.)

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