Free Ranging It

Some of the parks are finally opening in Michigan. They are only open a few hours a day, for a few days a week for now. I personally think this is horrible but as one of many captors I am grateful for any reprieve right now. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time for them to “ramp up” the lockdowns again until their agenda of a global socialist regime becomes the norm. Anyone fighting them now? Not many. Most are too “conditioned.”

I’ve been out a few times now with my camera. Snapping shots of whatever catches my eye. I think I missed most of the water lilies for now. It was a beautiful view across the lake when these shots were taken. There are more people than I usually see since we all have such a short window of time in which to enjoy this park.

The first day there were excited wildlife running all around. Not sure they enjoyed all the human intrusion after many months of being free from our species. I think this chipmunk was running to tell his friends of the impending invasion.

This guy was about to cross the road. I wonder if it’s the same one I had to take out of the road here a couple years back?

The gardens were not up to the normal standards due to their annuals being planted much later than they should have been. There were a few perennials to see but the woods were beautiful! I didn’t take the full drive this time because of increased pedestrian traffic. It was my understanding that the trails were open & normally this is where the foot traffic is so the cars are not impeded.

Sorry for the redundancy, but I do love Japanese Iris!

Praying everyone is doing OK in these very difficult & challenging times. God bless you all. Peace out.

Holland Michigan Tulip Festival

Early

Sorry about the quality.  These tulips were taken years ago with a 35mm camera, 400 asa so they are grainy.

I had the pleasure to meet “Tiny Tim” of the “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” fame so many years ago.  I had some vintage sheet music to give him.  I was 17, my boyfriend at the time drove myself, my best friend & with my baby brother in tow, we went to his hotel to drop it off.  He was signing autographs for people, we spoke for a while, in his “normal” voice.  Calling my friend & I “Miss” all the time, that he does do.  Very polite & complementary the entire time.  I was shocked to learn that this hit was used in the horror film “Insidious,” which I have never seen.  Not a real horror buff.  I thought he was a kick.  Someone very sweet, unique & entertaining.

 

Correcting or Altering Photos

This is the way purple Coneflowers are supposed to look.

The following were seriously underexposed photos that were corrected as best as I could. It really changed the over all appearance and color compared to the top two photos. Am I the only one that hangs on to bad shots & tries to fix them like this?

Granted, it’s unique and interesting in it’s own way, but they really look “blah” compared to the the top two photos taken. Below are two that I tried with less color saturation so they would look less bright and garish.

Another example of underexposed coneflowers I corrected but would have looked so much better if the exposure was right. I am really not sure what was going on with my camera at the time this happened. Sometimes I manually adjust for the lighting & forget to change it back.

The next photo didn’t have an exposure problem but one that I didn’t notice in the field while taking it. There was part of a plant in the foreground to the left I didn’t notice at the time I took the shot. It ruined what could have been a decent photograph.