Cinco de Mayo Street Party
May 5, 2018 – Grand Rapids – Wealthy Street Cinco de Mayo Street Party
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro
Hoping it’s not Forgotten
The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22, 1970.
I try to remember and “celebrate” its noble ideas each year.
For several years, I’ve written about it in a short article.
Rather than repeating this story here, let me take you to my other website.
Please click and go to Stay Focused.
This year’s Michigan winter has felt long and unpredictable. December was decidedly frigid and harsh. During other times, we’ve seen surprising warm spells intermixed with lots of cloudy skies, frozen temperatures and snow.
But as I ventured outdoors yesterday, my camera noted a subtle change taking place. I’m seeing that old man winter may be relenting.
Last weekend we turned our clocks ahead an hour – a signal that spring is on its way. I’m hoping for an abundance of sunshine to warm the air.
Written by: Arnie Lee
A local tiki bar that I frequently visit has a plethora of statues and artwork adorning its spaces. I notice that many of the images depict lovely ladies but they all seem to be sleepy.
I’m wondering if this is a normal view of women in areas where the original tiki bars are located?
Can you tell by the dates on these articles that I’ve been away from here for a long while?
I’ve freed up a little time to add a bunch articles on another site that I manage.
So take a detour to Stay Focused to read some of the articles – an international photo conference, an inexpensive 3D printer, a time saving photo scanner, a drone with quality video.
I’ll be back here soon with more photos and articles.
I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, especially our fabulous National Park system of 400+ areas.
As a senior citizen, I’m entitled to a “special deal” for the Lifetime Senior Pass to visit these great places. I purchased my pass several years ago for an amazingly low price of $10. I’ve used my pass many, many times. In fact, these past three weeks we visited five national parks. So you can imagine how much we’ve enjoyed ourselves over the years.
On August 28, the price of the lifetime pass increases to $80 (which is still a bargain). However, if you hurry you can still take advantage of the low $10 price.
Visit our government’s site at USGS. Don’t delay.
Death Valley Shows Its Colors
Yesterday I returned from a trade show in Las Vegas. While there, I heard about one of nature’s spectacles. In nearby Death Valley a rare happening was taking place. Armed with my camera, I made the 2-1/2 hour drive to experience the so called SuperBloom.
Death Valley is the driest, hottest place in North America. Although the climate isn’t very hospitable, wildflowers do appear each Spring. But I learned that this past October rainstorms set in motion a series of conditions that led to a literal explosion of colorful wildflowers that blanketed the normally harsh landscape of the park.
Here are a few recordings of my visit to the 2016 SuperBloom:
I’ve been fortunate to have visited Death Valley at least a dozen times previously but I’ve never seen as many visitors taking in the colorful wildflower as I saw two days ago.
Click here to see a Park Ranger describe a “once-in-a-lifetime” visit to Death Valley.
How lucky I was to be able to see this unexpected event.