By on Apr 24, 2020 in Lake Michigan |

I was thinking of this quote by photographer Jay Maisel while walking the Lake Michigan shoreline and observing the intricate detail of the erosion along the edge of the water. “As people, we love pattern. But interrupted pattern is more interesting.” In life things can be rolling along and we can become complacent and less understanding of the detail, the wonder, the beauty we have been gifted. When the pattern is interrupted we pay attention. We can use it as an opportunity to bring things into a better focus. While dealing with erosion and change looking through the lens of the camera we can renew our wonder with something as simple as a grain of sand. (Click on Images to enlarge) Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst photography Patterns. Rick Vuyst...

April Snow…A Common Michigan Occurrence

By on Apr 17, 2020 in Spring |

It seems to happen every spring in West Michigan.  An early spring warm up gets the earth growing and hopes high and then reality sets in. We live in Michigan. Reality in the form of a mid-April snow event. This is usually followed by clearing skies leading to some hard overnight frosts between mid-April and Arbor Day. April snow showers bring May flowers. The snow is not so bad because it is insulation and tends to melt quickly. The tough part is when the clouds clear, the air goes calm, and trees in bloom or flushing plant material are affected by overnight temperatures that drop into the 20’s. Here are some photos I took in the landscape of the snow event on April 15, 2020. (Click on photos to enlarge in gallery)  Double Bloodroot in bud Sanguinaria canadensis Hellebores bend in the weight of the snow Magnolia buds and bloom Magnolia buds and bloom Magnolia buds and bloom...


By on Apr 8, 2020 in Opinion |

The word essential in the dictionary includes as part of the definition the phrase “being such by its very nature or in the highest sense; natural; spontaneous” such as essential happiness. It causes me to think that quintessential then represents the most perfect or typical example of what is naturally essential. The definitions are basis for the debate that developed in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis on whether or not greenhouses or garden centers, plants and gardening should be considered “essential” activities. In some states in the US they are deemed essential. In Michigan they are not. I consider hands in the dirt and plants to be both essential and quintessential.  I read that the World Health Organization predicts anxiety will be a leading health issue in the coming years outranking other issues like obesity. Much progress has been made in the...

Spring Break

By on Apr 2, 2020 in Spring |

Every April there comes a day when you can tell the earth wakes up from its winter slumber. Today, April 2, 2020 was that day. Call it “Spring Break” Soil temperatures at the 2 inch level have surpassed 50 degrees and GDD (growing degree days) are on the climb. Get ready for the show!  This Bud’s for you Hellebores in bud and bloom Hellebores in bloom Crocus and Hellebores Perennial Allium emerging from the ground Peonies emerging from the ground Tulips on the way up Sunny days...

Shifting Sands

By on Mar 25, 2020 in Great Lakes |

The dictionary definition for the phrase “shifting sands” is to describe something that changes frequently making it difficult to deal with or to make plans. Sounds like life in the year 2020. The Bible definition would sound something like (Jeremiah 5:22) the Lord says, “I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.” In a year of erosion and virus I take heart in that verse. And I’m amazed by the temporary detail of the shifting sands collected by my camera lens. Here today gone tomorrow. This too shall pass. A day in the life of shifting sands as captured by my camera.