Thursday, May 28, 2020

Animated Thoughts: The best laid plans...

Normally this time of year would have me uploading lots of photographs of butterflies from the Frederik Meijer Gardens' Spring exhibition: Butterflies Are Blooming.

Every Spring, I usually package a trip up to Grand Rapids where I meet up with my accountant to either drop off or pick up my tax information. Then I'd head over to Meijer Gardens and spend a couple hours taking photographs of butterflies and flowers.

For obvious reasons, that didn't happen this year.

But, as the date for filing personal and business taxes was pushed back to July, I took the opportunity to catch up on other work before I finished itemizing the rest of my expenses and organizing my receipts. The fateful date arrived and I drove out to Grand Rapids. The meeting was three hours long, since Dave is also helping me plan for retirement. But when I left his office, the weather was still sunny and gorgeous. And although I knew they were closed, I couldn't resist making a trip out to Spring Lake to visit the District Library.

As animator Winsor McCay spent many a formative year living in Spring Lake, Michigan, the Spring Lake District Library has a historical marker (and a sizable collection of his works) to commemorate  the life and works of McCay. And while I would have liked to explore the McCay collection, it was nice to be out in the sunny weather, exploring those little bits of animation history in my "backyard".

Yes, there's more text on the other side,
but you'll have to visit the Library to see that.

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