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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Thursday, August 23, 2007


This would be a perfect morning for getting some very remarkable photos. The humidity is high and the fog (NOT SMOKE) is hanging in the air. The pine needles are once again dripping with moisture (haven’t seen that since August 7, 2007). There should be a way to capture the fresh smell that is associated with this type of a morning and the sounds of cheerful birds chirping and humming birds twittering. Aside from using a video camera, still shots are my favorite.

Do you remember a few days ago, I posted a link to a website that is a bird lover’s paradise? The gentleman that is responsible for these wonderful photos teaches photography at a college and we had quite an email conversation going for a couple of days. Thanks to him, I learned that my 500 MM lens that I have for my 35 MM camera would work on a SLR Cannon digital camera. I’d been thinking about selling my big lens but I am going to hang on to it so when I CAN get a better digital camera I can use it again! I am so excited by this info! I would continue to use my 35 MM camera, but there is something wrong with it. I think it needs to be professionally cleaned but as much as that would cost, the camera is no longer worth it. The last time I used that camera was on our trip through Utah (the Canyonlands, Arches, and all the National Parks out that way). That was about 3 years ago. I also used my digital on that trip and I am SO glad I did. When we spent a couple of days in Moab, I found a photo shop that I could get my 6 rolls of film developed as well as getting my digital shots put on a CD. When we picked up the pix and I looked through them, I was ready to throw my 35 MM out the window…I was SO disappointed. So while we were there, I had all the images on the CD made into photos. Although there were some very good shots, they could have been SO much better if I’d had a better camera…sigh…We’ll just have to take another trip to Utah some time…after I’ve been able to purchase a new camera, which will be a while!

Anyway, this would be a wonderful window of time to get some photos (this a.m.). As I am typing this, I have two hummers outside my office window. The male is standing guard on top of the clothespin that I put out there for just that purpose and a juvenile is trying to eat at the feeder. The male is being very territorial. They are so much fun to watch and it is fun to think about something other than the fire. If it weren’t for the screen, I could get some very good shots.

BTW, if anyone is still looking for campsites over Labor Day (or any time for that matter!), we now have plenty of openings. I think everyone who was going to cancel has cancelled by now. We always knew that our business depended on the weather, but never thought fire would figure into that!

Catch ya later!

1 comment:

  1. Cheryl from Mattawan12:05 PM

    Cathy, maybe santa will bring you a new camera!

    I've read your trail reports, fall color report and Yooper Yarns for many years. Thanks for all of them!


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