The Golden Hour

9/22/14 – The Golden Hour. What is this I speak of? It is a magical time of the evening, when the sun dips low in the western sky, and the light begins to look “golden”, and everything the sun is shining on, begins to look as if it has been splashed with gold. That is what “The Golden Hour” is. This is one of my most favorite times to do photography. Everything just has a certain special glow to it. Not only that, but the sun being so low in the sky also has many benefits for incorporating it into the shots. I’ve always loved The Golden Hour, even when I was a little kid, and I didn’t even think about photography. It’s always been a favorite time for me. This evening, I decided to go for a bike ride. I love cycling, and when you’re on a bicycle, you really get to take nature in for all it is. Even if that means getting a bug in the eye, … Read More…

After Shooting Cloud Time Lapses, I’m Forced To Take Cover!

7/27/14 – Today was a day that looked to be a stormy one. A low pressure was moving through the area, which was bringing with it the chance for widespread showers and thunderstorms. Not everywhere would get rain, but many places did. The folks who saw rain, saw a lot of it. Me included. I was sort of losing faith in storms firing in my immediate area, so I decided to go for a ride on my bicycle to get some photos and time lapses of the developing showers and storms. I was in a hole, vacant of any convective activity. I first observed some nice Mammatus clouds from a storm about 20 miles to my north. Then I began to watch as cumulus towers filled the sky directly over, and around me. Since none of these showed any immediate promise, I decided it was safe enough to go 2 or 3 miles down the road. The scenes I captured were quite lovely. The clouds’ bases were dark, and you … Read More…

An Afternoon at Fred Meijer Flat River Trail

GREENVILLE, MI – After a long winter, springtime weather was a welcomed sight for many. We’d already had a handful of nice days so far in 2014, and April 6, 2014 was no exception. With temperatures around 60 degrees, it was a beautiful day to get out and enjoy all that nature had to offer. I set out to the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail to talk to some folks about the warm weather, and how they were enjoying their day. Also to document some spring nature sights and sounds along the way. This was my first time ever on the trail, and I can already tell I’ll be spending a lot more time here this year. Fishing, cycling, walking, and just being out in nature. My adventure began at Jackson’s Landing Park next to the Flat River. I was on assignment for Live Storms Media, gathering footage and interviews for the networks. It wasn’t an easy task by any means, as many folks elected not to be on camera, … Read More…

Early Spring Cycling Adventure

GREENVILLE, MI – Went for a good bike ride on March 31, 2014, making 2 days in a row of cycling. 3/31/14 was the first time we’ve seen 60F temperatures since November 17, 2013! If you remember, we had a severe weather outbreak that day. That was not so this time. It was breezy, but that didn’t take away from the warm air much. I started out on paved roads, but then ended up on this dirt road, which I frequent for it’s tranquility and good visibility. Along the roadway, I found a long pile of plowed snow. This snow was 3-4 feet tall in spots. There was still snow in the fields, and the road was very muddy. I couldn’t ride very far. Once the road really started getting bad, I stopped and turned around. But not before getting some photos and a quick video showing the road conditions, and also the long snow pile. I also found a pair of Geese in the field. All in all a … Read More…

The Robins Have Arrived

The Robins Have Arrived! It has been a long winter indeed here in Michigan, but the Robins and other springtime birds are arriving in full force. I have been fortunate to be in a location that seems to be a bit of a hot spot for Robin activity. Since much of the ground is still frozen for the most part (though that changes this week) worms are few and far between. However, the Robins have been feasting primarily on Crabapples. We have several Crabapple trees on the property, and they produced a bumper crop of Crabapples last Autumn. So many in fact, that the trees were weighted down by the extensive volume of the fruit! Even though I saw a few Robins in both January, and February, the largest number of them have been spotted within the last week or two of March. The American Robin is Michigan’s state bird. You can read all about the American Robin by Clicking Here. For many years, Robin sightings have meant the arrival … Read More…