Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mackinac Island- Friends

Gathering after a worship service at the Stone Church.
Closing out our time together at Grace Place Wellness.
 The gathering of the new Council of Presidents 
and their wives for the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod. 
A delightful group of couples to get to know in the future.

On the large carriage ride to worship.
So much to look at and watch.
                                                                                                                         photo by Pat Maier
And a favorite activity for the week-
 gonna take a little bike ride.

Out time together comes to an end.
Beautiful week with wonderful friends.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mackinac Island- the Iconic

The Lilac Hotel on Main Street

Main Street-
 horse and carriage and bikes galore on the island.
 No cars or trucks.
St. Anne's Catholic Church

Established as a Mission in 1670

Victorian houses everywhere

Wonderful display of horse drawn carriages
 at the Grand Hotel Stables.

Deliveries come to the dock-
 and then are loaded up on horse- drawn wagons.

and the high water plume flies to the sky
 as you leave the island on the fast ferry.
Till you come back to the island.

                                                                        Photo by Pat Maier

Until we see your shoreline again.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mackinac Island- the Grand Hotel

The famous hotel has 390 rooms
 and no two are alike.

A $10 fee allows you past this point
 for a self-guided tour 
of the grounds and the hotel.
 Or perhaps head on up to the Cupola Bar 
for a magnificent view.

The hotel boasts the longest porch
 in the world at 660 feet.
Five U.S. Presidents have visited:
Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, 
Gerald Ford(raised in Michigan), 
George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
The hotel also hosted the first 
public demonstration of Thomas Edison's 
phonograph on the porch.
Mark Twain made this one of his regular stops
 on his speaking tours in the Midwest.

The famous rocking chairs on the porch.

Madam, your carriage awaits.

The resort-size Esther Williams Swimming Pool.

The lobby of the Grand.

A fountain graces the grounds.
Fern swagged paths 
lead through the cool shade of the trees.

Guarding till you return another year.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mackinac Island - The Florals

Hanging basket greetings right off the ferry-
Mackinac Island, Michigan

Cosmos panorama
Early August and the blooms are in full view

Simple daisy border
Part of the beauty of this island-
 the wonderfully tended gardens.

Abundant hydrangea blooms

The flowers into the lawn 
and water's edge at Mission Point
Old-fashioned Hollyhocks 

Contrasts and textures

Riotous mix

Astilbe along the fence line 

Gardens at Mission Point Hotel
Around every corner.
The joy of color.

Mackinac Island- Full View

Some get away time in August.
 We were blessed to spend
 a few days on Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Arch rock-
 iconic spot to stop on bike ride or hiking trails.

The color changes of water made it feel almost tropical.
 Though our days were pleasant with low humidity.

 It is truly an island that you get to by boat.
No roads in here.

Breathtaking sunrises.

A whole crayon box of blues
 with the water and the sky.

Man-stacked rock towers
 are all along the coastline of the island.

A time to just enjoy the contrasts of nature.

And to see the way sunlight dances
 on the earth and hides in shadow.

A new dawn- a new day.

A full recharge here on the island.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Griffin Goodness

Some gatherings with the little guy

Moments captured-
 from utter delight to exploration.

Paradise Springs Winery- Clifton, Virginia

Prince of Peace School Playground- Springfield, VA

Hmmmm- wonder what that is?

and just because I can see the photos
 here together and
just PRAY over this little guy-
 who has my heart.