A Superior Sunset


A Superior Sunset

Perfect beach day! It was very Goldilocks out, not too hot, not too cold. There was plenty of sunshine and NO rain. Harry hung the second hooked rug above the fireplace and everyone is pleased with it. Anne had sown a sleeve and inserted a dowel into it, making putting it up quite easy. On our first day here, I had distributed the decorative chair pillows as I saw fit. It’s been two-weeks now and there have been no complaints. So, either I did it right or it doesn’t matter anymore. While walking the beach, we spotted the merganser babies. We haven’t seen them in a week. They are down to eight now, but are much bigger than before. Anne learned where the bald eagle nest is on Cedar Point. We’ll be heading over there this week, to check it out. The big news is that the northern lights are forecasted to be visible tonight. A freak solar flare is bombarding the Earth’s ionosphere, making it likely that we’ll see something. Anne and I will drive over to Naomikong to maximize our viewing experience. Nestled in the Hiawatha National Forest, along the shore of Lake Superior, I have the perfect dark skies observation site already picked out. As of writing, the skies are cloudless. It’s not too cold and there is still a bit of a breeze to keep the bugs away. Wish us luck!

My Favorite Photos of 2016


As the year 2016 winds down a there is an air of foreboding towards the new year. On this new year’s eve though, I choose not to look forward, but to look back over the past year and to only look for the beauty and happiness that was there. I’ve chosen a dozen photos here that I liked and that captured some of the good things that I have seen this past year. Here is a synopsis of the photos:

  • A brown pelican is caught swallowing a skate off of Pacific Grove, CA
  • A pair of surfers as seen looking down from the pier in Monterey
  • Me swimming in Lake Superior at sunset and yes it was cold
  • White fluffy clouds over Lake Superior on a beautifully warm beach day
  • Quebec City ferries crisscrossing the Saint Lawrence River
  • Women’s Category 1 crit race line-up at Lafayette Square in Saint Louis
  • Yosemite’s Half Dome shot in the black and white style of Ansel Adams
  • Boaters on ‘The Lake’ in Central Park, New York City at sundown
  • A honey bee on a cone flower at the botanical gardens, Saint Louis
  • Historic Alley Springs Mill, which is located is rural Missouri 
  • White Trumpet Pitcher Plant at the botanical gardens, Saint Louis
  • Snapping Turtle by the bike path in Forest Park, Saint Louis

I chose these pictures with an emphasis on nature and outdoors activities. I also selected these twelve photos as a representative cross-section of the places that I’ve been to over the last year and the different things that I saw there that were both beautiful and interesting. Enjoy! We will see you on the flip side and have a happy New Year! I mean, how bad could it really be? Yeah that bad.