Northville, MI Halloween

Main Street - Northville, MI

Main Street – Northville, MI

Cafe Skeleton

Cafe Skeleton

Northville, MI, is a quaint little town (relatively speaking) northeast of Ann Arbor and due west of Detroit.  The “downtown” is no more than 2-3 blocks in any direction from the epicenter.  What makes the town most interesting is the charming residential neighborhoods, with Victorian style homes built in the early 1900’s.

Every home is different and very well maintained, lots of ginger bread and unique trim on every house.  The area attracts high income residents that buy an old house, knock it down, and rebuild it to look exactly the same on the outside, but with large rooms and modern conveniences inside.

Halloween is celebrated by the entire community.  Retailers dress up skeletons outside their shops; even banks and law offices participate.  Over 100 skeletons were on display this year.  The residents support this endeavor with elaborate house displays of their own, some with skeletons and some with live entertainment, like family skits or music.    Trick or Treat!

Thought for the Day:  From ghoulies and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!    Scottish Saying


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Solar Eclipse


Eclipsed Hat

Eclipsed Hat

Eclipsed Strainer

Eclipsed Strainer

On October 23, 2014 the moon crossed in front of the sun and caused a partial solar eclipse, which lasted approximately one hour in late afternoon.  It was a cloudless day in eastern Nebraska, and I had nothing else to do.

Making a hole in a piece of paper and projecting it onto a white card is boring, so I applied the same principal to a few other objects.  The holes in the straw hat and strainer act as pin-hole cameras, and project a crescent-shaped light pattern.

The crescents don’t show up on the hat as well as the strainer because the light had to travel through both sides of the hat, but the hat is waaay more classy than the strainer.   Let me know if you think of other holey objects I can try the next time we get “eclipsed”.

Thought for the Day:  Light travels faster than sound; that is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.  Anonymous


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Cornell Crew

Cornell Crew

It was a late October afternoon when I arrived in Ithaca, New York.  Having driven from Detroit, across Canada, and down the full length (40 miles) of Lake Cayuga, I was only thinking about finding the hotel.  But the sight of colorful shells gliding up and down the lake got my full attention

When I made the hotel reservations, I was thinking about the beautiful gorges and waterfalls in the area.  I didn’t realize Cornell University was in Ithaca.  Yes, Cornell, the ivy league school, where crewing (Midwesterners call it rowing) is more popular than football.  Cornell’s iconic steeple is on top of the hill in the background.

I don’t know much about the sport, but it was a gorgeous day and the light was perfect for this postcard shot.  Man, those boats, er excuse me, shells are fast!

Thought for the Day:  Eight hearts must beat as one in an eight oared shell or you don’t have a crew!   George Pocock

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First Light

Dawn - Chatham Harbor

Dawn – Chatham Harbor

Chatham Lighthouse

Chatham Lighthouse

Chatham Harbor is on the east coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on the elbow where the land turns and extends due north.  This photo is about 20 minutes before sunrise.

Nearby is the Chatham Lighthouse.  Nothing special about it, really, but I was lucky to catch the moon over it.

I love the colors in these two shots.

Thought for the Day:  Lighthouses are more useful than churches.   Ben Franklin


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Clinton, NE

Clinton School

Clinton School

Clinton is another Nebraska town just barely hanging on.  This tiny but still incorporated town of 33 is located on US Highway 20 in Sheridan County in the northwestern part of the sandhills.

There were a few small grain elevators along the highway that looked like the only commercial business in town, but the town was shrouded with hopelessness.  I was too embarrassed for the few remaining residents to take any pictures of their dilapidated homes.

The school must have been a real source of pride at one time, notice the ornate brickwork, but now it’s merely a sidestep for the ceaseless wind that rolls across the prairie.

Thought for the Day:  Never deprive someone of hope, it might be all they have.                                                                                                                          H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Benkelman, NE

Dundy County Court House

Dundy County Court House

Benkelman, NE is in the southwest corner of the state, the county seat of Dundy County, and the largest town for miles around.

Benkelman, NE

Benkelman, NE

This was a destination for me on my photo safari to western Nebraska; a college roommate of mine was from here, studying hard to become a doctor.

The County Court House is rather impressive, otherwise, there is not much to see in Benkelman.   I uderstood why my roommate studied so hard.

Thought for the Day:  There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.    Anonymous

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Friday Night Lights

Merriman HS football field

Merriman HS football field

It’s early October, the middle of the high school football season, and high school stadiums around the state are filled with fans on friday night.

Smaller schools, like those in western Nebraska, may not play in stadiums per se, but on all-purpose fields with movable bleachers that fill up quickly with faithful fans.

The popularity of the sport has outgrown many school budgets for seating, and innovative ways are found to accommodate the crowds, like bring your own lawn chair or sit on top of your car in the outfield.    In the case of Merriman, NE covered VIP seating was created with an old school bus mounted on posts.   Outstanding!

Thought for the Day:  If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.                                                                                                                                  Albert Einstein

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