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Summer’s Gone

A field of wildflowers gone to seed.

Wildflowers have mostly gone to seed and the brilliant, lush greens of summer have given way to the dusty, drab greens and browns of early autumn. How did this happen so quickly? June was just yesterday – wasn’t it?

Art, Flowers, Humor, Landscape, Nature, photography, Street Photography, Travel

A Few Photos from the Week

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Seagulls on the Lake Michigan beach

Seagulls stake out their space on the Lake Michigan beach at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon, Michigan.

Sunlit Birch tree leaves in the deep dark forest at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park

Birch tree reaches for the sunlight in the dense forest at the P.J. Hoffmaster State Park near Muskegon, Michigan

Wood and steel I-beam supports beneath an old railway bridge in Montague, Michigan.

Ancient wood timbers and steel I-beams support an old railway bridge over the White River at Montague, Michigan

A field of wildflowers on a cloudy day in Montague, Michigan

A field of wildflowers on a cloudy day in Montague, Michigan

An elderly couple enjoy an intimate lunch at Ferguson Park in Okemos, Michigan.

An elderly couple enjoys an intimate lunch at Ferguson Park in Okemos, Michigan.

The Red Cedar River

Hagrid’s place on the Red Cedar River

package on the front steps of a residence in Okemos, Michigan

Unsigned package delivery in Okemos, Michigan.

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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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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.”