Evening Delight

I was fortunate enough to witness this sunset. It just sprawled in every direction across the sky. Taken with my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.



Kiteboarding Death’s Door

I was on the ferry traveling from Washington Island to the mainland and noticed two kiteboarders taking on the waves. It was really windy and the waves were a good size, so good that it was hard to take a decent picture with my telephoto without bouncing around. I got a few and then got back in the truck to avoid falling over on the ferry deck.

Notice the lighthouse in the background.. kinda cool how that turned out!


Tall Ships

While running kids around town I was able to see a couple of the tall ships arrive late this afternoon. There is a festival going on this weekend that we hope to attend.

Below are the S.S. Sorlandet and the Peacemaker and a little about each (taken from tallshipgreenbay.com).


Ship Type: Full Rigged Ship        Length Overall: 210′       Length on Deck: 186′

Gross Tonnage: 499 GT        Beam: 23′        Draft: 15′

Sail Area: 13,304 sq. ft.        Mast Height: 112′

The Sorlandet is a majestic 210-foot Class “A” full-rigged tall ship built in Norway in 1927 as a sail training ship for the merchant marine. She now sails the world’s oceans as home to Class A float, a private school based out of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, offering fully accredited senior high school and university programs.  Just weeks before joining the Tall Ship Challenge she will have completed nine months of ocean sailing that started in Istanbul, Turkey and included three trans-Atlantic crossings with 22 ports of call.


Ship Type: Barkentine       Length Overall: 151′       Length on Deck: 124

Gross Tonnage: GRT 297 ITC 317 DISPLACEMENT 400         Beam: 34′

Draft: 14′           Sail Area: 10,678sq.ft.        Mast Height: 126′ Main

The Peacemaker  is owned by the Twelve Tribes Communities which are located in North America, South America, Europe and Australia. Those that sail aboard are members of these communities. They have found in the ship a wonderful way to spend time with members from different countries and cultural backgrounds. Sailing and maintaining the ship affords tremendous opportunities to bond with their children and teach them many practical skills. It is their sincere hope that their lives would be a living demonstration that people from every imaginable background can live in unity and truly be at peace with one another and with their Creator.

The ship was built in 1989 originally for a family in Brazil as a private yacht and then sold to the Community in 2000. The hull is Ipe’ (ironwood is how most know it) and the cabins and interior are all Mahogany.  The heavy cast bronze windows, deck fittings and hardware were all custom made for the vessel. “They broke the mold when they made it” you’ve probably heard said. That was indeed the case with this yacht (that’s where the saying came from). There isn’t another like it in the world!

We Love Door County

The past few days we’ve vacationed in Door County.

Door County is a very special place. It’s Wisconsin’s thumb and surrounded by Green Bay on the west side and Lake Michigan on the east side.

Door County is full of beautiful sights. There are many small towns up and down the winding roads and each has its own Marina. There are countless shops, galleries and speciality boutiques. Also some awesome restaurants. There aren’t any chain restaurants allowed north of Sturgeon Bay, which keeps with the integrity of the area, supports the small business, and also lends itself to a quaint atmosphere.

We like to go there.

There are also several state parks and places to camp and hike. You really can’t go wrong!

My dad and I went out early the first morning to get some shots. The dock shot has to be my favorite. As soon as it was lined up in my viewfinder I knew it was going to be special. Then some of the others were taken in Sister Bay around sunset.

Thanks for looking!

iPhonography Monday (on Tuesday): Nature

20130430-113802.jpgCan you believe this picture was taken last weekend?

This photo is from the top of Eagle Tower overlooking Peninsula State Park and Green Bay. I was surprised to see how much ice was still on the bay. And, yes it was very cold at the top of the tower.

Now, time to compare to the east side of the peninsula. This is now Lake Michigan on the same afternoon… and look, no ice!


In the first photo we were wearing winter coats… for the second photo just a light jacket did the trick!

The first photo was edited in Instagram and taken by me.
The second was taken of me, by my friend Sofie. It was edited in Snapseed.

Be sure to check out these other Nature posts:

Lens & Pens
Watching the Photo Reels
Frames & Focus
Jazz it Up