Simple Pictures 8


Wow!  I knew it had been a while since I last posted, but February?!  Yikes.  I hope all of you out there have been enjoying your summer.   Continue reading


Simple Pictures 7


This past summer I finally go ta new phone.  I didn’t have too many requirements for it, other than I really wanted one that had a good camera.  I was told that the Samsung S7 (note the fire-starting note!) was the way to go.  I have not been disappointed, especially when it comes to up-close pictures.  The detail is better than any camera I’ve had before.

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Simple Pictures 6


I’ve been away for about 4 months now – time to get back to posting a little more often!  This summer I worked almost every Saturday and stacked up over 400 hours of overtime.  However, I tried to get out and about when I could.  I spent a weekend exploring Traverse City, MI.  I’ve been frequently blown away by how beautiful Michigan is (having moved here from Iowa about a year ago) and Traverse City was no exception.  I have hundreds of photos from my 2 days there, but this remains one of my favorites.

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Simple Pictures – 5


I went out to my favorite place in town the other night: the channel.  We had a beautiful day and as it got towards sunset the temps were still in the 40s.  The sun was shining brightly, which is unusual for Michigan winters.  I could tell early on that it was going to be a beautiful sunset and after a long winter with so few of those, I was excited.  I got in position with several others, and watched this beauty happen.

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My first Michigan Winter


I’ve been in Michigan for 4 months now.  Seeing as how it is mid-January, it is safe to say I’m well into my first Michigan Winter as well.  So far, I’d say it is…bearable.  I’m only a few miles from the lake shore, so lake effect snow is a very real thing here.  Since day 1 of moving here people have warned me about the dreaded ‘Michigan Winter’.   It honestly started to feel like every person I met felt a great need to warn me of what I was soon to encounter.  Initially I just gave them a blank stare and responded with “I’m from Iowa.  I’ve been through winter.”  My brother and I have joked about this as he has been here through 4 Michigan Winters.  Here’s the thing: yes, there is more snow here, BUT, at least you can BREATHE!

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Sunset over Lake Michigan

I recently moved to western Michigan.  The town I landed in is right on Lake Michigan.  Being near the water is fun for a lot of reasons, but for me, one of the best things is watching the sun set over the water.  I love spending time out there at sunset.  If the weather is nice several people will be out there, either sitting along the channel, or walking out to the end of the pier.  A few nights ago I looked outside and noticed it was a mostly clear night with a big, beautiful, bright sun.  I knew it would be a good night to head out to the beach and take in the beauty that my new home state had to offer.  Below are some of the pictures I took.

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Sunset at Red Rock Lake

This past Friday night I went out for a walk.  It was a decent night and I had been taking it easy all week so was ready to stroll about for a while.  I started off heading East, then eventually decided to head back home.  As I turned back West, the sky greeted me with some beautiful colors!  I could tell it was going to be a gorgeous sunset.  As I neared home, I checked the time and realized I would have time to get out to the lake to watch the sunset over it.  I drove out there and found the perfect spot to watch the sunset over Iowa’s biggest lake.  It was stunning.  I took near 100 photos, but have narrowed it down to some of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy!

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A Day on the Lake

I’ve recently started fishing.  Eh, correction, I’ve recently started casting and occasionally reeling in a fish.  The before and after are not done by me.  I don’t care to bait a hook, and I don’t take fish off.  I like to call it fishing still, but I guess if you can come up with a better description I may consider using it. Continue reading