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In my travels through the rural communities in the past few weeks, I had to go to a small township just Southeast of Coldwater. It is a small community called ‘California’ and it has a population of about 900 people, and a small town called ‘Ray’ as part of it which actually sits on the Michigan-Indiana State line. I have traveled to a lot of rural communities in the past several years, but the sign below caught my attention. I had to take a picture, just to mix up everyone’s geography,
Going out on an icy pond can be dangerous for humans, but nothing would stop a goose. I was at a park a few weeks back and took the photo below of some geese napping on the ice near the edge of where the water meets the ice. There was a lot of activity with other birds going on nearby, but they appeared to be undisturbed by all the commotion. Enjoying a morning snooze.
Sometimes when you are looking for a special photo, you come across something that is unusual that you have to take a picture of. I went by a park near downtown Battle Creek one morning on the way to work, and made a point to stop for a few minutes. It was around 8:30 am, and the pond was icy and partially frozen. Still, despite the ice, the ducks and geese were out enjoying the water protected by their down feathers.
I took this shot of a group of Mallard ducks, and thought the color and contrast were dynamic, but also the transition between the ice and water seemed to make for a interesting composition. Some of the bird standing on the ice in the foreground with others swimming beyond, along with the seamless transition between water and ice somewhat confuses the eye for a moment.
Two years ago I went to a Battle Creek Revolution Hockey game in downtown Battle Creek. The games were fun, exciting and essentially good ol’ aggressive hockey. Since then the league that this team played in has changed, and it has been replaced by a different one. I have not been to a game with the new league. However, I thought today I would dig up this old video I had made and share it on my blog. The new league plays in the same rink downtown. I hope you enjoy hockey!
I sometimes drive to other local communities around Battle Creek to take photos of homes for clients. A few weeks ago I was in Nashville, Michigan which is about a 30 minute drive North of Battle Creek up M-66 Hwy. This town consists of roughly 1600 residents according to the recent Census, and historically it was founded as a Mill town in the mid-1800′s. By the 1920′s it had become a major railroad stop at the halfway point between Grand Rapids and Jackson, Michigan. Today it is mostly a farming community, and a lot of residents commute to other areas.
There are some very nice homes in good condition in this area, and many display some very nice architecture. I took a few photos as I was driving around in my recent visit, and thought I would share these here.
Sometimes traveling down rural highways, I will take out my camera and snap a photo or two. It is just something about the solitude of one of these roads when it is snowing, or just following a snowfall that seems majestic and peaceful. As a photographer, I find certain settings after a snowfall to be such a renewal of the landscape. It is pure natural artistry.
I was out in a rural area a few days ago, and paused on this railroad track to take this photo. The snow had been falling off and on all morning, and the serenity of the moment caught my attention on this early morning. Railroad tracks to me are such an important representation of the strength in America. When one considers all the million tons of goods, products and general commerce that is delivered across these rails every year, it is staggering. Not to mention the transportation of people throughout history. There is something quite magical about this view.