Posts Tagged ‘traverse city’

The Art of the Unexpected

Posted in West Michigan on May 31st, 2010 by Edward Bussa – 2 Comments

Years ago I discovered a personal meaning for the word “adventure”. I was telling a friend my plans for taking a solo, cross-country trip to New Mexico. He asked why and I told him I was “looking for adventure”.  His reply was,  “Really? You know adventure begins when things don’t go as planned, right?”. Sure enough, I found my adventure and realized the truth in my friends words.

While on my way through Oklahoma I encountered the first of what would be many “adventures” on this trip. My car broke down in Stroud, Oklahoma and I ended up spending several unplanned nights at the Skyliner Motel. This, being  a spring trip, coincided with Oklahoma’s tornado season and several powerful thunderstorms developed. One night I felt trapped by the rain but  decided to make the best of the situation and get out my camera.  A few weeks later, after returning home, I found this image on the last frame of the last roll from that night:

Skyliner Motel

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Two things, Don’t miss either

Posted in West Michigan on June 16th, 2009 by Edward Bussa – 2 Comments

First up, Do you SoFoBoMo?

I won an award in a contest over at the website Of course, since the only competition was myself, I had some say in the matter.

SoFoBoMo is short for Solo Photo Book Month. The contest is to shoot, edit and publish a book of 35 photos in 31 days. Since I was able to do this, I am recognized as a “Finisher ’09”.

The book tells the story, in photographs, about spending 24 magical hours touring the countryside when the cherry trees blossom near Traverse City, Michigan.

You can download the book, titled “Cherryside” and all 35 images from this link:


Lastly, An inspiring and unfortunately true story

Through personal connections I’ve had the privilege of following a story about a family, David and Amy Wenzel, who recently learned their life will never be the same – David has a brain tumor. Even typing those words strikes fear into my heart. So actually going through such a trial is a stretch of comprehension for me.

David and Amy both have begun writing about the experience online. Both are very talented people and possess the ability to communicate at high levels. Both are leaning on their faith in a loving God to guide them in this experience. Nobody knows where all this will lead, and even though they are not superheroes with supernatural strength, their reaction to events so far has been inspiring.

Take the time to read through their posts, I doubt you’ll regret it.

David Wenzel’s Blog
Amy Wenzel’s Blog

Be Inspired!

Cherry Blossoms, 2009

Posted in West Michigan on May 22nd, 2009 by Edward Bussa – Be the first to comment

Every year I hope for maybe two nice weather days so I can do more planning and get a larger variety of shots. Per usual, in her maternal wisdom, mother nature only gave me one, again. This year was very windy so rather than spend time in the orchard focusing on blossoms, I roamed Old Mission instead. To see more from this year’s trip, click on the image below.

(Click image to see Blossoms 2009 gallery)

(Click image to see Blossoms 2009 gallery)


Natural Antique

Posted in West Michigan on May 16th, 2009 by Edward Bussa – 2 Comments

Antiques are, without exception, man-made.  However, only part of their value can be created by man.  The rest is up to time and the elements.  Even a restored or “mint condtion” item derives it’s value from the fact that mother nature had her way with all the others that didn’t make it as far.

I just returned from Traverse City where the fruit trees are blossoming and the dandelions are showing off. I’ve started sorting through the images and I will share them soon. Until then, here is  an antique found along the way…

Antiqued Barn