Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Red Cedar River Footbridge - Williamston

Just east of downtown Williamston, near the FOE hall, there is a footbridge over the Red Cedar River. It is a nice spot to stop and look at the river, especially on a clear summer morning.

View to the east with the sun reflected in the water.

View to the west. The water is so smooth it is hard to tell what is a tree and what is a reflection.

The footbridge.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Pine River - Charlevoix

My daughter and I biked the Little Traverse Wheelway in July. The trail runs from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix. The trail is beautiful, and the city of Charlevoix is beautiful as well.

Drawbridge over Pine River. Pine River connects Round Lake to Lake Michigan.

A couple of shots of the Charlevoix South Pier Lighthouse.

A sailboat heading into Lake Michigan.


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mushrooms - Williamston

This morning, I was pulling weeds in the front yard. I noticed several red straw-like mushrooms shriveled up on the ground. As I pulled more weeds, I saw some that were not shriveled. When the sun hit the mushrooms, they immediately started to shrivel. Fortunately, I was able to get a few pictures of the ones that were still standing tall. I have never seen any mushrooms like this before. They were really cool!

In the photo below, you can see a shriveled mushroom in the foreground in front of the mushroom on the right.


Friday, August 26, 2011

River Boardwalk - Williamston

Yesterday, I highlighted the Red Cedar River rapids in Williamston. Today, I want to show you the boardwalk and surrounding area.

This is the boardwalk. The rapids are on the other side of the railing.

There is a small picnic area where you can sit and watch the river.

There used to be a mill where the rapids are now. The old millstone was incorporated into the walkway.

Here is a closer view of the millstone and the plaque. I am glad they were able to preserve the millstone.

This is a view of the boardwalk heading west by southwest.

This butterfly garden is near the millstone.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Red Cedar River - Williamston

The rapids in Williamston are man-made, but I still enjoy watching the water flow over the rocks. Occasionally, there are kayakers shooting the rapids.


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wetlands - Williamston

This wetlands/swamp is behind an office building on Grand River Ave. I think it is a flood plain for the Red Cedar River. The light green that looks like grass is a thin layer of algae on the water. I am not sure why so many trees are dead.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Barton Road Tunnel of Trees - Williamstown Township

I enjoy driving through the rural roads in Michigan. There are many beautiful sights to see. One of my favorite drives close to home is the tunnel of trees on Barton Road. It is great in the summer when all of trees are leafed out. It is also beautiful other times of the year as well.

This is a view to the north between Haslett Road and Germany Road.

This is a view to the south between Germany Road and Sherwood Road. I love the way the crest of the hill makes it look like the road disappears.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Michigan 4-H Children's Garden - East Lansing

I have heard about the Children's Garden at Michigan State University for a long time. I finally had the opportunity to see it today.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Lighthouse - Manistique

A couple of shots of the lighthouse at Manistique from August 2010.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fawns - Okemos

These two fawns were in a field next to Nancy Moore Park in Okemos.

If you look a little closer, you can see the one on the right still has the remnants of its spots. They were probably born this spring.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Christ Community Church - Lansing

As I walked in to work this morning, I noticed the sunrise over the church. It was really beautiful.

This one is the same church from a couple of weeks ago.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Summer Storm Clouds - Near Williamston

A summer storm came through. It lasted about ten minutes, then it cleared up. This is the backside of the storm, looking east.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Chainsaw carvings in McCormick Park - Williamston

The emerald ash borer has decimated the ash tree population in Michigan. The City of Williamston decided to top off the ash trees in McCormick Park and bring in some world-class chainsaw artists to carve what was left. It was an opportunity to make something beautiful out of a tragedy.


Location:N Putman Rd,Williamston,United States