Sand Beach Township
SUMMER SOLSTICE - JUNE 20, 2021 - 11:32 P.M. EDT
FIRST FULL DAY OF SUMMER - JUNE 21, 2021
To my surprise, it crossed the road and walked right up to the car! Tame? Hungry? Sick?
I stopped and photographed this young raccoon from a distance. Then I pulled up closer.
Not something you see everyday....or get a chance to photograph!
"FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS"
....PLUS A FEW MORE!
SPRING MIGRATION - March 27, 2021
MOURNING CLOAK IN THE BACKYARD
** Solstice defined - The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol ("sun") and sistere
("to stand still"), because at the solstices, the Sun's declination appears to "stand still"; that is, the movement of the Sun's daily path (as seen from earth) pauses at the northern or southern limit before reversing direction. from Wikipedia
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice occurs on June 20, 2021, at 11:32 pm EDT (in the Southern Hemisphere - it is the Winter Solstice). That is the precise moment when the Sun "stands still" having reached its northern extremity. When dawn breaks on the first full day of summer, the sun has already "reversed direction" and is "moving back" toward the south and the autumn equinox (spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere). Of course, we know now that it is the earth that is moving, not the sun.
FIRST FULL DAY OF SUMMER
CLOUDY & RAIN
NO SUNRISE PHOTOS AT THE HARBOR
VULTURES AT HOME IN HARBOR BEACH
LEARNING TO BE A CROW IN THE PARK
SUMMER FLOWERS - ADAMS SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM
SUMMERTIME AT THE GRICE HOUSE
KUDOS TO HB!
NORTH PARK PAVILION - SAVED FOR POSTERITY
A GOOD OMEN ON THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
SUMMER SUNRISE AT HARBOR BEACH
COMPARE WITH THE SUN'S POSITION AT VERNAL EQUINOX
JUNE 22, 2021 - SECOND FULL DAY OF SUMMER
MARCH 20, 2021 - VERNAL EQUINOX
EARLY MORNING PARK VISITORS
JOSEPH H. THOMPSON / LAURA L. VANENKEVORT (ARTICULATED TUG-BARGE - ATB) & HB LIGHTHOUSE
"CONSIDER THE LILLIES OF THE FIELD...."
NONDESCRIPT BIRD WITH A BIG VOICE
JUNE 27, 2021
BUILDING A SECOND NEST?
+++ SOME OF THE BEST SPRING PHOTOS +++
+++ BACK TO SUMMER ++ SUMMER 2021 PHOTOS +++
VIRGINIA CTENUCHA / DAY-FLYING MOTH
"It is medium-sized...with a striking orange head, black and metallic blue thorax, and metallic blue abdomen. The forewings are dark brownish gray with a slight sheen and white fringe. The hindwing is dull jet black with a mostly white fringe. The... antennae are black."
(BUTTERFLY: club-shaped with long shaft and bulb at the end / MOTH: feathery or saw-edged)
WHEAT HARVEST - ATWATER RD. - JULY 6, 2021
MAKING SHORT WORK OF THE FIELD
OLD-FASHIONED HOLLIHOCKS - DESCENDANTS
OF THOSE THAT GREW NEXT TO COOK'S 5 &10,
MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER'S DIME STORE ON MAIN STREET IN MINDEN CITY. WE CALLED HER, "BAMMY."
MEMORIES OF MINDEN CITY IN SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP
+ "AT PEACE" - ST. MARY'S CEMETERY - PARISVILLE +
THERESA "BAMMY" COOK (1883 - 1972)
THEODORE "GRANDPA" COOK (1881 - 1956)
REPURPOSING AN OLD ROBIN'S NEST ON A SHELTERED PORCH - BABY DOVE'S HEAD VISIBLE IN NEST.
MY BACKYARD: WILD FLOWERS INSTEAD OF MOWED GRASS
A BLESSING ON THE GRAVES
(FIRST BLUEBIRD I EVER SAW IN THE RUTH CEMETERY)
MALE BLUEBIRD, FLYING AROUND THE CEMETERY AND PERCHING ON THE WIRE OVER THE MCCOY/SCHOCK SECTION
LAKE HURON IN THE MORNING
"A LAKE IS THE LANDSCAPE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND EXPRESSIVE FEATURE. IT IS EARTH'S EYE; LOOKING INTO WHICH THE OBSERVER MEASURES
THE DEPTH OF HIS OWN NATURE." HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1807 - 1862)
("MEMORIES MADE AT THE LAKE LAST A LIFETIME" - UNKNOWN)
"A LAKE CARRIES YOU INTO RECESSES OF FEELING OTHERWISE IMPENETRABLE."
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770 -1850)
"MEMORIES MADE AT THE LAKE LAST A LIFETIME" - UNKNOWN
"LIFE IS BETTER
AT THE LAKE"