Monday, August 15, 2005

26 Things - July 2005

Here at last are my 26 Things for July 2005. Can't get at Tracy's website to post them but I'm not about to let that stop me. Enjoy. I'll s'plain some of them to keep you from wondering... or wandering for that matter. Click the pic to see it actual size - up close and personal!

01. discarded: While folks complain about chemicals we've lived with for decades in our river, some continue to discard their junk where 'nobody can see it.' Looks like this location contains tires and an old propane tank.
02. Sunday: This is typical Sunday evening on the beach in Muskegon... catamarans stored behind the bushes, locked together and waiting for another sunny day.

03. Sleep: It comes easy if you're an orange Tabby named Goober. Top of the oak roll-top desk, nestled among a few teddy bears is his new favorite place to sleep. 04. Round: as a ball, I spotted this tiny little bobber, lost by a fisherman near the dam at Ludington State Park in the Sable River. With my handi-dandi Panasonic Lumix with 12x optical zoom, I was able to get right up to it. Cool, eh?
05. Light up: Loved the tropical look I achieved with this tree in the foreground of another glorious sunset lighting up Lake Michigan.
06. Important: This year I was fortunate to finally visit the people's house in Lansing, MI... that's right, this was my first view of the Michigan House of Representatives.
07. Profile: This friendly pigeon (aren't they all?) just begged for me to photograph his profile during a springtime visit to the beautiful waterfront area in Bay City, MI.
08. Unkept: We've been unable to get any closer to a local park along the Tittabawassee River this summer - all summer long - because an overly powerful government agency included it on their 'hit-list' of 'facilities' this year. 400 private residential homes are also included on that hit-list, an unprecedented invasion on private property. Workers have been at the park all summer long, upgrading it to rigid DEQ specifications so we can enjoy it again. Meanwhile, along the driveway, thistles and other weeds flourish.
9. Impressive: Another toughy, I finally decided on this impressive view of one of the stadiums at Central Michigan University.
10. Layers: Yup, layers of walkways make much of my favorite state park user friendly for people in wheelchairs. I think it's great but actually I've yet to see a wheelchair there... and we visit frequently every summer. It DOES however, give us a more vigorous workout that just walking casually along the water's edge as we did when our kids were small.
11. Eat: Here we ladies enjoy the carcass of Kaybee's famous smoked turkey! It's all that was left after my family hit the table the day before. Okay I cheated... that's me in the middle and the photo is compliments of my better half. 12. Celebrate: My youngest grandchild celebrates Father's Day with his dad way up in the tippy top of a ferris wheel.
13. Clear: Ya don't think so? I was looking down at this doorway at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. The abstract pattern effect is reflection of a pool located on that level designed with a colorful map of Michigan.
14. Baby: Just a reminder that to a mom her kids will always be her kids. This one is my baby... that's right, the last born in a family of six wonderful women!
15. Six: Earlier we were wondering... where are the geese? We see less geese this year than previous years but we enjoyed watching these fellas bobbing for fish in the Sable River.
16. Stamp: Found this rubber stamp in the souvenier shop at the Big Sable Lighthouse last summer.
17: Faux: I knew I'd find a use for this photo! It's a cake I baked for Easter dinner this year. That's right folks, them chix and eggs ain't real. ;-)
18. Photographer: The granddaughter poses at the end of a tiring full day of posing for her senior picture. Her grandpa is the photographer of choice... but her mom is busily directing both of them. Gramps got lots of great shots BTW. 19. Publication: New restrictions for fishermen are prominently displayed along the river.
20. Storage: Lots of interesting & important information about the Water Wonderland State of Michigan is stored in this beautiful building.
21. Floppy: Mike likes to wear his floppy rubber britches when he helps his favorite father-in-law with chores at the lake.
22. Parking Sign: At my favorite home improvement store, Menard's. I liked building's texture.
23. Entertainment: It's always the finest when my grandkids are involved! My youngest granddaughter shares her beautiful singing voice with her high school choir. What a joyful noise!
24. Mixed Bag: Daughter Pam's back yard... she created and made the special trellis herself... and it actually sports a plastic bag of those gorgeous pink flowers!
25. Aged: It may be old... but picturesque... this old sunken dock on our little lake near Lake Michigan.
26: Down the Street: Local sheriff's department was practicing diving just down the street 2-track from us.


Blogger Nat said...

Love them, Mom!! Sorry I didn't get by here earlier in the week...

I can't choose faves, but I sure do love 'light up' and 'eat' and 'clear.' They're all great though. Love ya! =)

8:03 AM  
Blogger Shirl said...

Ah, great job, Sherle! It was especially interesting to see the Lansing pictures. *grin*

7:54 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

A great gallery of photos for 26 things. I love the way you used your wonderful family photos. I just loved light up and aged.
Elaine @ #39

10:49 AM  
Blogger Jerr Dunlap said...

Great pictures of Americana, riverside. I'm looking forward to more - Thanks!
- Jerr

11:50 PM  

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