Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Trees

The Detroit Public Library #2

As a great lover of books (I have an nice little library myself) I was a little disappointed with the library itself. I guess that I pictured dark rooms with high shelves filled with musty volumes about medieval history and Jane Austin novels. Instead, the rooms were modern with florescent lighting and computers. The other thing that struck me was the number of security people working there. There was a career counselling event going on upstairs with most Michigan Universities represented.

 This room appeared to be books for children with an event areas set upas well. I regret that I didn't get pictures of the furniture which was a 1960/70s design...really cool + shaped benches. This beautiful fireplace was in that room and there was a huge mural of Michigan overhead which included the two paintings below.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Detroit Public Library

The Detroit Public Library Main branch was built in 1921 in the Italian Renaissance style by architect Cass Gilbert. In 1963 two wings were added.
The library system is the 4th largest in the country with the main building on Woodward Ave. and 23 branches.
The entrance, lobby and staircases were beautiful. In a second floor meeting room were spectacular stained glass windows. It was a real joy to photograph!
More to this space.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cultural Center

 I stood in front of the library and shot these pictures from one spot
The DIA across the street and to the left Wayne State University

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Athen's Theatre Company's Cinderella

 My beautiful granddaughter, Emma

 Wicked step mother and sisters and poor Cinderella
 Emma as a villager
 Emma at the ball

 Making the slipper fit

 Cinderella and the Prince
Final bow

Please forgive my poor quality pictures. It is so difficult with the lighting to get a decent shot and Emma was across the stage most of the time. At least I got a few to remember the play.


Friday, April 24, 2015

I'm Back.....

Well, I went from warm sunny days to cold, rainy, snowy and just plain miserable weather. The trees are still not leafed out but there are smaller bushes starting to show some green and the daffs are in tulips yet in my yard. It snowed/flurried yesterday ...ugh! It is almost May. Please Lord, let this be over. Anyway, I am home and super busy trying to get caught up. Luckily, my Chore Guy came while I was gone and did a spring clean up and raked all my lawn. It looks great and one less thing to worry about.
Going to see my granddaughter, Emma, in her school play tonight and tomorrow bright and early we are going on a photo shoot to the Detroit Public Library, main branch. Looking forward to both but I miss everyone in SC...I miss them all and the flowers and birds and sun and the ocean. In a sense it is good to be home but all the hassles were still here waiting for me.
Hope to get some photos edited on Sunday and make a start on our newsletter as well.

Monday, April 20, 2015

It Was a Turtle Kind of Morning

There were about a dozen turtles sunning themselves this morning at a pond at Brookgreen. It's been a few days since anyone has seen the sun!
My first butterfly of the season...a Black Swallowtail.
Goodbye beautiful Brookgreen!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Goodbye Ocean

Finally got up early and it paid off. I said goodbye to the ocean and was greeted with some beautiful skies. I am so sad to go. I will miss all the beautiful nature here in South Carolina. I will miss, most of all, my family who has treated me so well and made me feel so welcome.
Driving on the road to the nature center I spotted this Bald Eagle.
 Around on the boardwalk side, there he was, overlooking the salt water marsh. He is but a speck....
and here he is from a speck to a dot with my meager 300 mm lens.  
Lovely Green Heron
Female Red-winged Blackbird
Double-crested Cormorant