Here are my favorite pictures I took in October 2017:
New moon + clear skies = great nighttime fun!
A week ago, I made another trip to DuPont State Park on a morning that Greenville was completely fogged in. As I wound up the road to Caesar’s Head, the sun suddenly burst through the fog and nearly blinded me, but I also knew immediately that it would be worth stopping at the Caesar’s Head overlook. And I was right.
I’ve been seeking simplicity, and after reading a few Zak Arias posts about the Fuji X100T, I decided that I’d sell some of the camera gear I mostly wasn’t using and order myself a new camera, with the possibility that it could replace some or all of my DSLR gear. I sold my backup camera (Rebel T3i), my canon macro lens, a couple of camera bags (there’s a fetish!), and a bunch of lens filters that I’ve replaced with better ones over time.
We have this little game we like to play at our house where the girls try to hide and run away from me before I can take their pictures, which we call “Hide and Shoot.”
With the intent of shooting more pictures, I sold our normal seats on StubHub and bought some Row 1 tickets on eBay for the Michigan-Indiana game, completely forgetting the fact that Rows A & B are ahead of Row 1. Thanks to the hail and chilling rain, that didn’t turn out to be a huge problem, as there was nobody in the 8 Row A seats in front of us the entire game, and the Row B seats in front of us were empty most of the second half as well. I picked corner of the south end zone to make sure we wouldn’t be behind the uprights or the field goal nets, and the location turned out to be great, except for the cold rain blowing in our faces during the first quarter.
The girls help with early September raking
On a recent random Wednesday night I went out to the beach at Saugatuck State Park to enjoy the sunset. The water was oddly warm, and yes, I mean warm. I was there again a few days later and it had returned to its typical iciness for this time of year. As you probably expect, I had the beach to myself and I lingered for about 90 minutes after sunset before making my way back to the parking lot under the moonless sky. I walked the route from memory, because it was so dark that I could not even see my own shoes, despite their horrible yellow Croc-iness. Maybe I’ll bring a flashlight next time.
Every now and then Aly shows an interest in taking pictures, so I took her with me in March on my first visit to the Upper Macatawa Natural Area in Zeeland. This park has two entrances and several miles of trail that wind throw lowlying swamps, wooded areas, and farm fields. It was a pretty place that I’m sure will be spectacular in the summer once the plants color up, and we had a nice walk despite the bitter wind pecking at our faces. Aly discovered some clingy thorny things and was thoroughly amused by sticking them to her scarf and gloves. I spent about ten minutes pulling all the barbs out.
I wandered around Hemlock Crossings for a few hours on a cold rainy day recently, but there were many semi-frozen droplets hanging from branches, which provided a great opportunity to use my new macro lens.