I have four images for you today. Yesterday I took a PTO day and played golf in an event at Thunder Hills Country Club. The group above is me, Dr. Mike Ward, Randy Sirk, and my great friend Mike Stoll. Mike Stoll hosted us at the event, which was 18 holes of golf and a steak dinner.
The company was great, the golf course was in pristine shape, and the weather was perfect. The golf, Ugh, not so much!! If I were to design my perfect weather day it would have been the day we had yesterday. Just enough breeze to keep the bugs at bay. Big billowy clouds, deep blue sky, no humidity, and a temperature of 69 degrees. Perfect (at least for me!)
I love windmills and they even have this great windmill on the course. I couldn’t pass up a chance to photograph it.
Mike Ward and I rode together and every once in a while I’d have to stop and make an image. He commented about my photography and I told him, “Truth be told, I’d rather photograph a golf course than to play golf on it.” Being a golf lover he had trouble understanding that. 🙂
Not counting my game the day was as perfect of a day as a person could want.
Enjoy your day and be careful.
I have five images for you today. I spent one of the most enjoyable days in recent memory yesterday. It started when my good friend Mike picked me up and we drove out to the Thunder Hills Country Club for a round of golf with three other good friends.
I was a member of that club for over 20 years but as I devoted more time to my photography my enjoyment of the game began to wane and as a result I am now just a once in a while golfer. Not a very good golfer either.
Anyway many years ago a young high school girl with bright red hair began working at the club as a waitress. I remember those days well and she would always have a happy greeting and a smile for all the patrons.
Her name is Angela Osterkamp and she has dedicated the last thirty years of her life to serving the members of Thunder Hills Country Club. She has seen several managers and other staff come and go but Angela has remained dedicated to the club. For most, she is the face of Thunder Hills Country Club.
So last night the membership threw a huge surprise party for Angela to celebrate her thirty years of service. It was a real treat for me in that I was asked to be the photographer of the event and I got a double treat in that I was able to reconnect with so many of the dear friends I had made while I was a member there.
The image above only shows about one-third of the reception area and the whole room was packed with admiring and grateful current and past members. Angela was overcome with joy and I didn’t get one image of her without the ever-present tears. That is one of the things that makes her so special is that she is emotionally involved with the club and its members.
The above image is of Angela and her Mother. I was also moved to think that a large group of people would take the time and expense to show their true gratitude to someone who has given so much of herself. Made me proud to be a small part of the Thunder Hills Club.
Anyway other than my terrible golf game it was a day for the memory book. I think I did a lot of damage to the golf course but only to the rough as that is where I spent most of the day. 🙂
Enjoy this beautiful day and be careful.