Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Acqua Alta in Venice

If you love Venice like I do you are probably interested in the Acqua Alta (high water) taking place right now. The water is at record levels and is flooding San Marco Square and other spots around Venice. I have put some photos here from my trip to Venice last April - it was wet but the water wasn't wading deep as it is today. At the bottom of this blog is a link to a great slideshow of photos from Venice of the high water/acqua alta taking place right now--December 1, 2, 2008.

April 2008 - walkways were up but it was not flooded. San Marco Square.

Doges Palace to the right.

Rialto Bridge April 2008.

San Marco Square. Note the restaurant behind the pigeons. In the slideshow you'll see their chairs floating!

Doges Palace April 2008.

Acqua Alta in Venice slideshow. Go to this article to see a great slideshow of Venice underwater. It is sad to see the treasures underwater. This slideshow has some great photos - I like the one where the gondoliers are sitting at tables in the water! Probably having their coffee!! Hopefully this doesn't happen for quite some time.

If you love Venice as much as I do you will also be hoping that they get the floodgates installed sometime soon.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fall Colors on Beaver Island

Some fall photos from around my cabin on Beaver Island. The trees are turning a lovely shades of yellow and orange!
Majestic pine against the blue sky.
A maple tree tucked in the pines.

And amongst a deadfall grows a little cottonwood tree!

The ferns have turned yellows and brown.
Our sign has been put away.
The lovely Birch tree.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lake Michigan Lighthouses

On Sunday, October 5, 2008 my husband and I took a Lighthouse Tour from the air of the Lake Michigan lighthouses around Beaver Island, Michigan and the Straits of Mackinaw. Our friends had flown up from Ann Arbor to visit us on the island and go to the Bite of Beaver Island. Before they left we got our great air tour!
Garden Island to right and Beaver Island to left. You can see Paradise Bay as it "hooks" into Beaver Island.
High Island with ship in background.

Hog Island in foreground, Garden to right and Beaver Island to left.
Fisherman heading north to the Upper Penninsula from Beaver Island.
Grays Reef Lighthouse

Mackinac Bridge with Mackinaw Island in background.
St Helena Island Lighthouse.
St. Helena
St. Helena Lighthouse closeup.
White Shoal Lighthouse

The Bonanza plane we flew in on this Lighthouse trip.
Near Brevort in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. The colors are getting pretty.

Lansing Shoal Lighthouse

Skilagalee Lighthouse
Skilagalee Lighthouse
The bombed out Waugoshance Point lighthouse.
White Shoals Lighthouse again.
Beaver Island archipelago - nice to see the upper islands.


Friday, September 26, 2008

Huron Valley Humane Society Groundbreaking - Ann Arbor MI

The Huron Valley Humane Society in Ann Arbor MI had a groundbreaking for the new shelter on September 23, 2008. These are some photos from the groundbreaking ceremony with the dog digging the hole! That was the cute part. Plus there were lots of dogs mingling with the guests.

These two dogs above came to the shelter as a pair of siblings. Their owner died on the golf course and the neighbors had to rescue the dogs as no one else was home. So the shelter hopes to adopt the two dogs together. They are older dogs and and were very nice.

Here's the young pit bull who had the honor of digging the hole. She did a great job and kept digging so all the photographers could get good photos!

Behind the director they were tearing down trees for the new shelter. The work has started and is taking place behind the old shelter. The old shelter will be torn down to make the parking when the new shelter is complete. Since the old shelter is 1950 vintage -- we really really need a new, modern shelter. The animals won't be so distressed in the new shelter.


Friday, September 19, 2008


Some sunrise photos that I took over August and September 2008 on Beaver Island, Michigan. This is Lake Michigan that you see.

From my window.
This is a sunset.
Another sunset. The light was very interesting!

A little moisture over Lake Michigan for this sunrise.