The Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is just five or so miles from my house and a great place to go to shoot photographs. I got there at opening time this morning, 9:00 a.m., and spent an hour shooting.
Henry Moore’s “Bronze Form,” cast in 1985.
Henry Moore’s “Bronze Form,” cast in 1985
“Cabin Creek,” by Deborah Butterfield
According to the historic marker at Trestle Park, on Summit Avenue, in Algoma Township, north of Rockford, Michigan, the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad hired a local farmer to build a stone culvert under a railroad trestle that crossed what was then known as Wicked Creek (now called Stegman Creek). Completed in 1885, the culvert is an amazing feat of construction. It seems incredible that a local farmer would have the engineering skills and tools necessary to build such a structure. The railroad and trestle are long gone, but the White Pine Trail now passes over the culvert on its 92-mile journey from Grand Rapids to Cadillac, Michigan.
Seidman Park is one of my go-to places for local photography. Yesterday, I chose to go small, pulling my macro extender out of my bag to get close up shots of wildflowers and fungi. I don’t shoot macro very often and definitely need the practice.
The fall colors have generally yet to come to our area in West Michigan. We are in the midst of a mini-drought (the third driest September since 1892). We are seeing a lot of leaves simply dry up and fall off the trees with revealing their spectacular colors.
Still there are signs of fall. The morning air has turned much cooler with lows dipping into the low forties and high thirties. This causes fog to form in low lying fields and especially around bodies of water, which still retain some of the warmth from our 80 and 90 degree temperatures from just a couple of weeks ago.
Yesterday morning, in my wanderings, I drove across the Grand River in Ada and saw the mist rising from the water. I turned around and found a boat launch where I could park and explore the waters edge. Here are some photos.
From the shores of the Grand it was just a short trip to Seidman Park and Honey Creek. I brought along my waders so I could get down into the creek and get closer to the rocks.
Experimenting today with panoramas. This shot is composed from 10 photos shot vertically. Each shot overlapped about 30 percent. I stitched them together in Lightroom.