Saturday, January 9, 2016

Reflected InSPIRation 01 10 16

 A mist on the lake and clear reflection of Mount Zion Baptist Church on the edge of the moraine.


An Unexpected Jaunt 010916

The RG and Lucy left for a quick ride around the lake at the state park. Ring a ling---'get your camera I'm coming back'. Will be posting about what he saw in later posts next week. Hint: it has feathers and flys.
I was ready when he pulled in (you wouldn't believe my hair); hopped in the truck and off we went.

While here and there from launch to launch I got some very nice reflection shots.

On a balmy January day the conditions were right for misting above the lake with temps in the 50s and a skim of ice on the water.

 The bar of white in the middle is the mist reflecting the mist.

 A reflection of cattails in their winter garb.

And a little island reflected in the open water surrounded by ice.

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Friday, January 8, 2016


So . . . is everyone in the process of preparing for the migration to staying connected through Google+ Friends? I'm working at it reluctantly.

If I am interpreting the notice correctly, the BlogSpot format will remain available as is (which I find to be a good thing) with the change involving how we stay connected.

I have had Google+ account for some time but find the format, to be like walking down the cereal aisle at the grocery store where one can only hope to find what they're looking for. ;) I will continue to study the ins and outs to see if I am missing something.

Enough whining.

Wishing everyone a blessed day and hope to stay connected.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Put-In-Bay Winery and Crystal Cave

Owned and operated by Heineman Winery, Crystal Cave helped save the family-run winery from demise during Prohibition.
Tours of the cave helped pay the bills,
while other wineries on the island closed.
Discovered by workers in 1897 while digging a well for the winery 40 feet above, Crystal Cave is the world's largest geode. The walls of this cave are covered in strontium sulfate, a blueish mineral called celestite. These crystals range from 8 to 18 inches long.
The original cave was much smaller than what appears today,
as crystals were harvested and sold for the manufacturing of fireworks.
More info HERE

 Someone's interpretation of the formations in the cave.


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Black and White Wednesday 010616

Ringing in the New Year 2016
in Black and White
Happy New Year for anyone stopping by from Wordless Wednesday
A favorite majolica jar
Still Life from the top

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Backyard Birds Outdoors 010616

A sunny early morning in January atMuldoon
Cold on the outside; Warm on the inside
The feeding area has donned it winter coat.
And the winter morning sunshine is casting its beauty.
We provide and they come.


and Low

and so darn cute!

and all puffed up

  So much fun taking the photos but
hi ho, hi ho it was off to work I go.
A frosty view from inside my vehicle.

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and Stewart for:


Another Tenacious Tree 010515

Not only is this tree tenacious
it tends to snag quite a few lures and bobbers
at this popular state park fishing spot.
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Favorite Majolica Treasure 010416

Judith has shared some lovely flattop still lifes
which I really liked. So I thought I would give it try.
I was also inspired by some other still lifes
shared by Teresa of Eden Hills recently as well.

This is a favorite treasure of mine
It was probably a bridal shower gift in 1947 which my mother always referred to as a 'mayonaise jar'. It wasn't used though and occupied a spot in a knick knack shadow box in our home.
A more refined title might be a covered majolica pottery jar to be used for salad dressing.
 It is a piece of 'occupied Japan' pottery
My research found that majolica often has a lead glaze
so it's probably a good thing it wasn't used.
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