Push Your Luck


So it was another trip to FireKeeper’s Casino and Hotel in Battle Creek today. The enormous colorful sign on the side of the highway advertising it is hard to miss on the way there. More than 66,000 people pass that sign each day, which means most will get excited about the potential of winning a lot of money at the casino and will be going or think about going in the future.

When you walk through the front door of FireKeeper’s casino, you will immediately notice the large fiery orange pole going from floor to ceiling with a helical metal structure climbing around, to symbolize the flames of the firekeeper, referring the job a Native American would have in the tribe.

If there is one machine that I loved in this place and was doing really well for me and I wanted to find it again, it would be next to impossible to find it, because it’s a sea of machines with various bells and whistles and themes, most of which put the idea into your head that you could get rich quick just by playing.

Today was not my lucky day, though it was for my mom who won over a hundred dollars. Good for her on getting money that is basically free. I’m going to learn eventually that if I suddenly earn more than I came with I should just call it quits and walk away, but it’s the thought that I could win so much more and I could have a really lucky day at hand.


Stitched Green


One checkered green hoodie stitched multiple times together into a pattern.

It Is Easy Being Green 

Photography 101: That’s A Wrap

I never did any of the previous weekend wraps for Photography 101, but am doing one for the fourth and final weekend.

My ten favorite pictures:

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Of my ten favorite pictures I picked out, the two that stand out are “Glass” and “Mystery” because of the stark contrast used in them. They both use some form of light, natural or artificial, to illuminate the subject in the scene.

Some more pictures from my quests that have different themes to them:

Emily and her ticket to California: Triumph
Bed of Clouds – Natural World
Natural World
Negative Space
Day 304
Halloween: Illumination and Mystery
Day 3
Pop of Color
Day 289


Photography 101: Final Day of Triumph

I could say my triumph was getting those pies made for Thanksgiving (Florida Citrus Meringue and Coconut Creme), or winning the “Beauty of Brotherhood and Peace” MLK essay contest in sixth grade, or finally getting over my fear of riding fast-paced, topsy-turvy rides at the fair and amusement park, or finally, after some clawing and scratching in the wrong place, rediscovering an old song that I hadn’t heard in nearly 22 years. Or perhaps it could be graduating from college or driving a car on the highway for the first time, or getting my bike up that steep incline sidewalk.

Reaching the final day of photography 101 is a triumph in it’s own way. I learned a lot more about the art of photography than I had never known before. There were lots of things I learned that were always overlooked when shooting a scene, things not taken into consideration.

No one in my family except me is what I would call a shutterbug. I don’t think anybody else but me cares about taking pictures and finding deeper meanings and stories from them. Living in this boxed in community of mine doesn’t offer the most inspiration for photography. When I do manage to escape the drab confines of this “prison”, my camera has free reign over what to take, what to explore in nature.

Seeing the light: the triumph

This is my take on triumph. Trying to define this wasn’t easy but after taking a look at other bloggers entries for this assignment, I got a general idea of where I wanted to go with this. This was taken at a Denny’s restaurant in the city of Jackson where I live. The light symbolizes the triumph, becoming victorious, reaching the finish, while the fence stretching far rightward into the distance symbolizes the never ending journey of trying to reach what is far and beyond. When you achieve one goal, there is always something else that can be achieved afterward. Life is never finished. There is always room for improvement (unless you’re dead, of course).


To conclude this course I want to feature the picture from every assignment that I did (some had multiple pictures so I chose the best one out of all).

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Photo 101: Doppelgängers


Escalator Twins



Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Photo 101: Day 18 – Edge

Just a couple days left of Photography 101. It’s been a thrilling ride to say the least. Today the theme of this course is edge, finding pictures that align or feature something aligning with the sides of the picture.

1127-Pool 1127-Pool-2

Day 99

The edge of the building is what matters here, not those pesky cranes looking for some dropped food. The handicap sign and NO PARKING FIRE LANE sign also align with the sides of the picture.


Photo 101: Day 17 – Glass

Living in glass houses

And twinkle wide-eyed

Crystal intricate wall

Raise your glass and be mighty!
So intricately designed
The crystal blooming Sun