An Ann Arbor Photo Shoot, Coffee Style.

I’m at babo: A Market By Sava in Ann Arbor, Michigan enjoying and taking a few pictures of my morning coffee and doing a photo shoot came into my head. A photo shoot, coffee style that is.

So live in the moment I start writing this post, while the coffee(s) and coffee cup(s) were working the camera. First a mocha, than a Spanish Latte. Some shots indoors, than outdoors.

Babo is a local market with fresh produce, a hot and cold bar and groceries. It caters its products to the Ann Arbor area, supporting lots of local producers. They also have a coffee shop with a seating area, to spend some time and soak in the market and community. I was doing just that as the camera was clicking.

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, cafe mocha, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Babo Ann Arbor Market, Spanish Latte, coffee

Definitely got a better feel for the market as a whole through the coffee photo madness. No worries, I actually drank each coffee too before they got cold. Too coffee photo shoots! I’m now highly caffeinated. :)

#FriFotos: Some Entrances to Coffee Shops.

Today’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Entrances”. It got me thinking about the many, many, many coffee shops I have entered over time. The entrance can play a factor in whether I go into the coffee shop or not, especially if it’s a random find. Below are some of my favorites starting with the most colorful.

Frifotos - Entrances, Garden View Coffee Mill, Oscoda, Michigan

Garden View Coffee Mill, Oscoda, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Zingerman's Next Door, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Zingerman’s Next Door, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Astro Coffee, Corktown, Detroit, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, We Serve. Coffee, Findlay, Ohio

We Serve. Coffee, Findlay, Ohio

Frifotos - Entrances, Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

Third Street Stuff, Lexington, Kentucky

Nothing like walking into a coffee shop that sits right on the corner in a city neighborhood.

Frifotos - Entrances, Julius Meinl, Lincoln Square, Chicago

Julius Meinl, Lincoln Square, Chicago

Basic frontage, yet easy on the eyes and that backdrop! The Alaskan mountains in the background make it a very inviting place to enter.

Frifotos - Entrances, Glacial Smoothies & Espresso, Skagway, Alaska

Glacial Smoothies & Espresso, Skagway, Alaska

The original Starbucks within Pike Place Market in Seattle. Of course seeing this shops entrance is going to give me goosebumps.

Frifotos - Entrances, The Original Starbucks in Seattle

The Original Starbucks in Seattle

Some coffee shops are carved into historical buildings, which are usually very colorful and architecturally friendly.

Frifotos - Entrances, MadCap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

MadCap Coffee Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, The Sparrows, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Sparrows, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Frifotos - Entrances, Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Cleveland, Ohio

Rising Star Coffee Roasters, Cleveland, Ohio

Frifotos - Entrances, Common Grounds Coffee, Flowery Branch, Georgia

Common Grounds Coffee, Flowery Branch, Georgia

Others are completely open to the outside. You don’t need to enter, you’re already within the coffee shop!

Frifotos - Entrances, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Jolla, San Diego

Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, La Jolla, San Diego

Frifotos - Entrances, Good Coffee Company, Ketchikan, Alaska

Good Coffee Company, Ketchikan, Alaska

Frifotos - Entrances, Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, San Francisco, California

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, San Francisco, California

Frifotos - Entrances, Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, California

Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco, California

Bike racks, especially if supplied by the coffee shop, out in the front make it a very inviting place to enter.

Frifotos - Entrances, Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, California

Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, California

Frifotos - Entrances, Ipsento Coffee, Bucktown, Chicago

Ipsento Coffee, Bucktown, Chicago

At it’s most basic, if the entrance to a coffee shop has the word “COFFEE” in big letters, that will get me to go in haha! :)

Frifotos - Entrances, Star Provisions, Westside, Atlanta, Georgia

Star Provisions, Westside, Atlanta, Georgia

Frifotos - Entrances, Yeah, Me Too coffee, Columbus, Ohio

Yeah, Me Too coffee, Columbus, Ohio

Finding My Holland Tulip Spot in Michigan.

Spring in Holland, Michigan means it is time for another Tulip Time (Festival)! During Tulip Time each year you will find millions of tulips planted all over town of all colors. One spot, actually an intersection, I kept finding myself at was the corner of 7th Street and College Street on the north side of downtown.

Walking first past this intersection right after sunrise, it was quite cool so some the bright yellow and orange tulips were still closed.

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Later in the morning and into the afternoon as I walked by a couple of more times, with the summer air and bright sunshine in place, the tulips were wide open. They were saying hello so I had to stop and hang out some more! I’ll let the rest of the picture tell the story.

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Holland, Michigan - tulip festival, tulips

Where is your favorite place to checkout the tulips of Spring around home or that you have come across in your travels?

A San Diego Area Beach To Get Away From It All.

In the San Diego area and looking to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of Southern California? Make the trek over to Coronado Island and then down California State Route 75 to Silver Strand State Beach.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

The beach sits on the narrow strip of land that connects Coronado proper with Imperial Beach. You’ll find beaches on each side of the highway, along both San Diego Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. All of the photos below are from the ocean side.

As you head onto the beach from the main parking area, look to the right down the coast and you’ll see the heart of Coronado and Point Loma off in the distance. The beach is away from town, so you will find it not nearly as busy as nearby Coronado Beach. No hustle-and-bustle here!

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Turn to the left, now heading southward on the white and black sanded beach, and you will see the mountains and hills of Tijuana and Mexico which sits only ten or so miles away.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Starring out into the blue waters of the Pacific, your bound to see a military ship or two off in the distance.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

As you walk the beach who knows what you’ll encounter. Amongst the many bits of seashells, I had my first ever encounter with a sand dollar. They are a frequent sight here. If you look down you might spot some moon snail, cockle and silver oyster shells as well, the last of which is how the beach got its name.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Seaweed, common on a lot of beaches, is on the light side here. This was one of the cleanest and biggest, non-decaying pieces of seaweed I have ever seen.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

Tip: To access the San Diego Bay side of the state park and beaches, just park on the Pacific side and take one of the walking tunnels underneath the road. There is no parking available on that side.

Silver Strand State Beach, Coronado, California

What other beaches around San Diego and in Southern California would you recommend to get away from it all?

#FriFotos: Some of My Favorite Sky Shots.

Today’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is “Sky”. It got me thinking of sunrises, sunsets and other beautiful views of the sky I have had while out on the open road and traveling. Well without further ado!

FriFotos - Sky - Toronto Skyline

Lucky cloud cover fills the sky over downtown Toronto.

FriFotos - Sky - Wanaka, New Zealand clouds

The sky is as scenic as the view straight ahead in Wanaka, New Zealand.

FriFotos - Sky - South Island, New Zealand, dusk

Out on the open road in New Zealand, watching the evening sky take hold.

FriFotos - Sky - Punta Gorda, Florida sunset

A colorful Punta Gorda, Florida evening sky.

FriFotos - Sky - Phoenix, Arizona skyline

Up in the sky I go, waving at the Phoenix, Arizona skyline.

FriFotos - Sky - Foggy San Francisco

The fog that was hiding the sky and San Francisco skyline is lifting.

FriFotos - Sky - South Haven, Michigan sunrise

The colorful sky and clouds at sunrise in South Haven, Michigan.

FriFotos - Sky - St. Pete Beach, Florida sunset

Another day, another beautiful sky, sunset in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

FriFotos - Sky - Alaskan Sea, Canada

Checking out the evening sky over the Alaskan Sea in Canada.

FriFotos - Sky - Capitola, California

Unique clouds cross the sky in Capitola, California.

FriFotos - Sky - Chicago Skyline uptop Willis Tower

The blue sky matches the blue water of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

FriFotos - Sky - Chicago, Lake Michigan sunset

The Chicago sky turns colorful at dusk.

Edgewater Park In Cleveland is My Skyline Viewing Template.

What do I always seem to be looking for when viewing and capturing a city skyline? This past weekend at Edgewater Park in Cleveland, I realized my skyline viewing and capturing template was right in front of me.

Head to the western entrance of the Cleveland Metropark, where you will find the upper area and Perkins Beach. Once in the park you will head up-top by taking Upper Edgewater Drive that veers off to the right.

Upon parking walk into the park, head towards the shoreline and the Cleveland skyline will quickly come into view. I’m up-top check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

There is a romantic park bench and/or picnic table up-top to soak in the views. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The body of water the city sits along is easily in view. Check. In this case how could you miss the vast Lake Erie.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Lots of sand and beachfront straight ahead, check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Blue sky aplenty along with trees and other objects to capture unique views of the city. Check.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

The ability to head down from up-top and get a closer look. The final check. In this case you are able to walk on the beach, along the shoreline and on the dirt trails that run alongside.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

While at the park make sure to take the time to capture the Great Lake. It is beautiful no matter the season and time of year.

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

It was a fun afternoon at Edgewater Park in Cleveland. The realization of what my skyline viewing template is became more clear. Oh yeah! There is one more piece to that puzzle. It has to be a place where the blue shoes can easily lay down and soak everything in. :)

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

Edgewater Park, Lake Erie, Cleveland, skyline

We will see which of the things I said check to will apply at my next skyline viewing endeavor. I’ve set a standard for myself.

What things do you look for when viewing and capturing a city skyline?

What Does “Wanderlust” Mean To Me.

Wanderlust. One that has a strong desire to travel. Wanderlust. Someone that can’t sit still and stay in one place. Wanderlust. A constant longing for wandering near and far. Wanderlust. A person that is always looking for adventure, to explore and to checkout something new.

Wanderlust, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

I’d say wanderlust is a term that can apply to me on a daily basis. Goosebumps appear just at the thought of traveling whether right down the street or to somewhere far, far away. The daydreaming never seems to stop. I am always on Google Maps, reading blogs and looking at the pictures of others. Whenever a trip is confirmed, plane tickets have been secured, an excursion has been booked or I have arrived in a new city or at a coffee shop for the first time, a big smile on my face usually follows.

Wanderlust - Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls view from up-top the Skylon Tower

I’ve had this feeling ever since I was a kid. Lots of time was spent out on the open road with the family. My face was usually stuffed in an old-fashioned atlas or pull-out map telling my parents we should go this way, that way, we should stop here, etc. My eyes were always wide open and wanting more.

Wanderlust, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Wanderlust has led me to see quite a bit, but there is so much more of this world to capture and see up close. Do I want to be cured of this feeling? No, thank you. Back out on the open road I go!

What does “wanderlust” mean to you?