Night Moves

(New Buffalo, Michigan) Good thing I had my trust Canon PowerShot camera handy last night as Natalie was driving us back from a visit to a friend just over the line in Indiana. To wit:

(New Buffalo, Michigan) Good thing I had my trust Canon PowerShot camera handy last night as Natalie was driving us back from a visit to a friend just over the line in Indiana. To wit:

We’ll call that: Last Chance Shell, and we’ll call this: Night Train to Chicago:

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Waning Moon

The waning moon welcomes the dawn on April 23, 2014 in Harbert, Michigan.

The waning moon welcomes the dawn on April 23, 2014 in Harbert, Michigan.

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Cereal Fiction

Morning Sacrifice

Flash Fiction

by Charles McKelvy

IMG_3651The prisoners were kept in the dark, but they could hear the executioner going about his grim business.

“What’s he doing now?” one asked another.

“Sounds like he’s filling some vessel with liquid,” replied one to another.

“With what?” said yet another.

“Don’t know—maybe water, maybe oil. Don’t know. Can’t see, because—“

“We’re all the in the dark,” they all said to one another.

Then they heard the executioner make fire under the vessel, and they knew what horrible fate awaited some of them. Some, because they had heard that not all would be sacrificed at once.

“What’s he doing now?” one asked another.

“Coming for us,” the other replied.

And so he did, and so the man shook out a population of oat-people into the boiling water, little thinking that he might truly be making a morning sacrifice so that he might live another day.

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Earth-friendly Earth Day Outing

IMG_6021(April 22, 2014) What better way in which to celebrate Earth Day than to go birding with the BBC, otherwise known as the Berrien Birding Club?  We began at the New Buffalo Public Beach where we spotted a Snowy Plover piping along the mouth of the Galien River, and some dog-fighting Caspian Terns.  Then we car-pooled our way to the Forest Lawn Road Floodplain in Three Oaks Township where we got good glass on a Louisiana Waterthrush that was finding enough to eat on a seasonably cool morning.  We ended the official tour at the Three Oaks Water Treatment Ponds, feasting our eyes on various ducks, a Purple Martin, a Savannah Sparrow, and an Eastern Meadowlark foraging the grass.  One of us even took time out to spot a train or two on Amtrak’s nearby high-speed line between Chicago and Detroit.  Then we doubled our pleasure on a delightful day to be alive on Mother Earth by driving up to Warren Woods State Park for a look at a Solitary Sandpiper going about its solitary business along the Galien River and then at two, or was it three, Red-headed Woodpeckers feeding in the forest primeval.  May there be even more birds to see next Earth Day!

We spotted a Louisiana Waterthrush in the Forest Lawn Road Floodplain.  The perfect bird for Earth Day.  Sorry I didn't get a photo of the little guy, but you get the picture.

We spotted a Louisiana Waterthrush in the Forest Lawn Road Floodplain. The perfect bird for Earth Day. Sorry I didn’t get a photo of the little guy, but you get the picture.

What's Earth Day without a picture of a train or . . .

What’s Earth Day without a picture of a train or . . .

. . . two?

. . . two?

Viewing from the bridge in Warren Woods State Park.  A camera-shy Solitary Sandpiper is just off camera.

Viewing from the bridge in Warren Woods State Park. A camera-shy Solitary Sandpiper is just off camera.

View from the bridge.

View from the bridge.

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Kettlehole Lakes

Natalie takes five on the observation platform at Lancaster Lake in the Spicer Lake Nature Preserve in New Carlisle, Indiana.

Natalie takes five on the observation platform at Lancaster Lake in the Spicer Lake Nature Preserve in New Carlisle, Indiana.

Lancaster and Spicer lakes are glacial kettleholes and are connected by a swamp forest, currently full of such spring wildflowers as—

Lancaster and Spicer lakes are glacial kettleholes and are connected by a swamp forest, currently full of such spring wildflowers as—

This Trout Lily.  We also saw  Spring Beauties, Blood Root, Cut-leaf Toothwort, Skunk Cabbage, and the ever-popular Dutchman's Breeches.

This Trout Lily. We also saw Spring Beauties, Blood Root, Cut-leaf Toothwort, Skunk Cabbage, and the ever-popular Dutchman’s Breeches.

The beavers have been busy at Spicer Lake and thus have earned some choice lakefront real estate.

The beavers have been busy at Spicer Lake and thus have earned some choice lakefront real estate.

No time to get bored on the quarter-mile boardwalk.

No time to get bored on the quarter-mile boardwalk.

The sign says it all, except that Spicer Lake Nature Preserve is located on County Lake Road in New Carlisle, Indiana.  For hours and holiday closings, visit: www.sjcparks.org

The sign says it all, except that Spicer Lake Nature Preserve is located on County Lake Road in New Carlisle, Indiana. For hours and holiday closings, visit: http://www.sjcparks.org

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Incorrigible

Despite her 92+ years, Mom still has the mind of the prankster about her.  She is shown here with two of her granddaughters and her darling daughter.  The tongue, I think, was for the photographer, who, of course, would be me.

Despite her 92+ years, Mom still has the mind of the prankster about her. She is shown here with two of her granddaughters and her darling daughter. The tongue, I think, was for the photographer, who, of course, would be me.

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Easter Light

Worshippers at the Church of the Mediator on Easter Sunday were struck by the light streaming through the Alpha & Omega window dedicated to the Rev. Charles Frandsen, rector emeritis.

Worshippers at the Church of the Mediator on Easter Sunday were struck by the light streaming through the Alpha & Omega window dedicated to the Rev. Charles Frandsen, rector emeritus.

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