#22 - In The Trees

I always take my camera when I go walking or riding my bike, because you just never know what you will see along the way.  


#21 - In The Clouds

This guy was practicing his touch-and-goes up at the lake earlier this year.  He did not seem to mind that gigantic thunderstorm was rolling in from the southwest as he banked around for another landing and takeoff before he headed off into the wild grey yonder.   


#20 - I Wish I Could / I'm Sorry I Did

If somebody would have told me in high school that you can only have a million of them, I would have paced myself…

So nowadays when it's hot and sticky, I wish I could have one….of these.


#19 - I Want One

Oh, yes - do the 52-week photo challenge, they said.   It will be soooo much fun, they said.  Something you and Joanne can do together, they said.   She can help you when you are stuck for an idea, they said.  So I asked…. 
…and apparently, this is what I want.            


#18 - I Had A Dream

His name is Ralphie - like the kid in the Christmas movie.   We got him from a rescue, he had been neglected as a pup and abandoned - did not know how to play, was not trained, did not understand what toys were for, was afraid of other dogs, and did not wag is tail.   

All he needed was someone to love him back - don't we all?  In our house, he had a brother to play with, two laps to jump up on, 40 acres to run, a boat to carry him around the lake, a scooter and two cars to blow his ears back, and a mom who taught him to say "ma--ma" and gave him ice cream for treat.  It took a year, but that little tail began to wag - never could teach him to retrieve a goose, but thank God for small favors.          

He is old now and blind, and aside from occasionally barking at a wall, he spends most of his time sleeping.  We open the front door, because Ralphie likes to sleep right at the threshold, where the breeze carries him back to the days where he ran like the wind and chased whatever moved and rolled in whatever didn't.  And when he dreams by the front door, that little tail still wags.  There is nothing I ever dream about that is worth more than that, so he is my photo for this week.  


#17 - Holy Smoke

This one was too cheesy to resist - smoke from our burn barrel at the lake, which has numerous holes in it.   They say the holes are needed for ventilation, but I'm pretty sure it is just an excuse to shoot a .357 Magnum into something that makes a loud noise when struck - that never gets old.    


#16 - History

I know the feeling...one day you are a fine sedan with a shiny paint job and plenty or horsepower and the next you have bullet holes in your back and trees growing out your windows.   Bet this old carcass has some history behind him.   


#15 - High Key

Early in our marriage, we negotiated a deal where Joanne got a piano and I got two hunting dogs.  Her piano brand is a Samick, and so that is what we named our golden retriever.  A few years later,  after our black lab passed away,  I thought she should give up half of her keys - a deal is a deal.   But as you can see, the high keys are still all there...and that is pretty much how it has gone for the past 29 years.    


#13 - Hearts

One of the best parts of the 52-week photo challenge is that it keeps you on the lookout for  images, especially if you try to post each week in the order that the themes appear. I was walking through the woods up north after a rain and this pair of leaves caught my eye.  Probably would have walked right over them any other year...


#11 - Golden Mean

For nearly 50 years we have been watching the sun set over Pine Lake from the deck of our cottage.  It is not a pond, but sometimes it is golden.


#10 Framed

I can't even guess how many times I have walked through an airport without noticing the architecture; thanks to the 52-week challenge I noticed the framing of the walkway between the parking ramp and main terminal at MSP.  


#9 Foggy

Early September sunrise at Long Lake in Iron County, Wisconsin.  Misty mornings mean that the fall colors are not far behind.


#8 - Distortion

The green thing is me taking a photo of a shelf full of round silver table ornaments at a store while Joanne was shopping.



#5 - Bouncer

Suspension bridge over the Black River - our mom's wouldn't cross if the kids were around, because we would promise not to make it bounce and then......


#4 - Architecture

Next time you are in an airport, take a minute to notice the design and the lighting.  It might make the frustrations of travel a little more tolerable. 


#3 - An Expression of Love

These two love birds were smooching it up at Greta's gift shop in Ironwood, Michigan.


#1 - A Hot Ride

My son Erik's Mustang nitro dragster sits incognito on a quiet residential street and waits for that red truck to make the first move.....


Welcome to my photography site

Welcome to my photography blog.  Starting in August I will be posting a photograph each week here for the 52 week photography challenge sponsored by the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club.