Mostly a photoblog


Portage Point Clouds

_DSC0717-4 - painterly - wordpress

Lake Michigan side of Portage Point, near Onekema, Michigan.  Nikon D80, Nikkor 35mm f/2 at 1/200, f/4, (SO-200, EV -1.3.


Kent Lake at Kensington Metropark

Kensington Metropark - dsc_6430 - 1 sfx

Nikon D800, Nikkor 35mm f/2 at f/16, 1/80 sec, ISO-400.  Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.

Josh Hiking at Furstenburg Nature Area


Josh hiking at Furstenburg Nature Area in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  October 2009.  Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-135mm at 40mm, f/4.5, 1/50 sec, ISO-200.  Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.

Maybury State Park

DSC_6080 -nik silver efex image-2
Pond at Maybury State Park. Nikon D800, Nikkor 35mm f/2, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO-200. Processed with Silver Efex Pro 2.


This is the car in which Jacquelyn Kennedy sat in the back seat fifty years ago today and tried to hold in her husband’s brains.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, F/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.  Taken at the Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan.

The assassination of JFK was a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 moment for my parents’ generation, but had the uniquely terrible character of an attack from within.  Fifty years later the event is still painful — not just for what it was, but for what it means.

“The Nation mourns today for it’s gallant young Chief Executive.  It mourns for his lovely widow and orphaned children. 

“But it mourns also for a stricken ideal.  It mourns the thought that this society, born in the agony of tyranny, nurtured at the breast of liberty, seasoned by the struggle to create a good life for all men, can still spawn barbarism and the ultimate indignity of murder as an instrument of government.” 

From an editorial in the St. Petersburg Times, published November 23, 1963, the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination fifty years ago today.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.

Note: This is a re-post, replacing the original (to fix problem with permissions). -JM 

DC-3: “A collection of parts flying in loose formation”

DC-3 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, USA.  The first DC-3 was built in 1936, and revolutionized air travel with it’s ability to carry 21 passengers across the continental United States in 17 hours with only 3 refueling stops!  The DC-3 may very well be the oldest plane *still* in commercial operation.  Nikon D800, Nikkor 20mm f/2, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, ISO-1600.   Source: Wikipedia.