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6 Point Buck

December 24, 2021 - White-tailed deer feed starting before dawn until a few hours after the sun has risen, and again in the late afternoon u...
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"Mergie" Female

November 29, 2021 - More formally known as a female Hooded Merganser, this small member of the merganser species is very adept at diving and...
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"Mergie" Male

November 26, 2021 - More formally known as the Hooded Merganser or officially as the Lophodytes cucullatus. It is the smallest of the mergan...
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Falling Leaves

November 22, 2021 - And here we are again. The wind has started, the rains are coming in and the leaves are falling down all around us. Look...
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Country Roads 3

November 20, 2021 - Cresting this hill brought us another beautiful scene. This time there was no traffic in either direction so I could spe...
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Country Roads 2

November 16, 2021 - Another back road and another beautiful encounter with the world around us.
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Country Roads 1

November 12, 2021 - The beginning of our Sunday afternoon adventure exploring the local are to take in the beauty of the season surrounding...
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Fall Colors

November 11, 2021 - When the sun breaks through the overhead branches the fall colors really glow. Nature's pallet is amazing.
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Autumn in Michigan

November 10, 2021 - Before the wind and the rain rolled in and pretty much stripped the trees, we had the opportunity to cruise around and t...
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Start of Color

November 09, 2021 - This is where it begins. I watch the colors begin to change at home, and then begin exploring the back roads and the loc...
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Practice Landing

November 05, 2021 - Lots of gulls in action. This one stood out as it was doing "touch and go" landings like a pilot in training.
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Lazy River

November 02, 2021 - Found a break between the rainstorms to get out surrounded by my favorite things in life - - my wife, my dog and my came...
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Fanned Out

November 01, 2021 - These birds are very nomadic and can be found throughout the US. They are commonly found at feeders.
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Eye of the Pumpkin

October 30, 2021 - Just one of many works of art created by my niece-in-law Jennifer who is amazingly creative. Val & Jennifer's home is on...
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The Catch

October 29, 2021 - After standing motionless - - that's the both of us -- for quite some time, this egret was rewarded with an unsuspecting...
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Bashful

October 27, 2021 -
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Early Autumn

October 21, 2021 - The air has begun to get chilly early morning, the leaves have begun to display their colors and the birds are congregat...
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Great Blue

October 19, 2021 - The Great Blue Heron is the largest and most widespread heron in North America. It is a big bird, with a slate-gray bod...
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Nature's Palette

October 14, 2021 - When the colors begin to peak in Michigan, the scenery gets better at every turn.
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River Runs Through

October 13, 2021 - Early fall in along the Huron River in Ann Arbor Michigan.
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Over the Edge

October 12, 2021 - Standing at the edge of Taquamenon Falls listening to the water roar. Recent rains added to the rapid flow of the water...
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The Rapids

October 11, 2021 - The river was running quickly as a result of recent rains making the rapids much more dramatic.
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Hit the Brakes

September 17, 2021 - As we enter the fall season and the temperatures cool down, the competition for nectar and the sugar/water at the bird f...
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Patient Fisherman

September 16, 2021 - First time I ever have seen a Green Heron visit behind our home. Although a juvenile, its instincts were obviously fine...
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Ouch

September 14, 2021 - Looks like the yellow jacket may have stung the hummingbird as the hummingbird appears to be jumping off the feeder and...
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The Bird & the Bee

September 13, 2021 - The yellow jackets have now discovered the sugar water in the hummingbird feeder and seem to be bothering every hummingb...
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Wary Approach

September 10, 2021 - The hummingbirds had occasionally stopped by the oriole feeder and sampled the grape jelly before moving on to their own...
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Pollinator

September 09, 2021 - So glad to have planted several butterfly bushes earlier this year. They have been blooming for months and they attract,...
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Spreading the Pollen

September 08, 2021 - This swallowtail was very actively spreading pollen from one flower to the next on our butterfly bushes. Not only do the...
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High Noon

September 07, 2021 - In the shade of the towering cottonwood trees, the sun broke through the branches and cast its light on one particular w...
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The Great Pollinator

September 06, 2021 - These ruby throated hummingbirds never slow down. They are at the fire stick plant soon after sunrise and continue to re...
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Not Just for Bees

September 03, 2021 - The bee balm plants are not only attracting the bees (no big surprise), but they also are attracting hummingbirds, monar...
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Bee Balm & Bee

September 02, 2021 - The bee balm that was transplanted from our deck last year to the lower level has taken hold and has started flowering....
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Whoopee!

September 01, 2021 - Trying to anticipate which direction the hummingbird will take always is a challenge. Capturing one in flight coming str...
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Refreshed

August 31, 2021 - These day lilies welcomed seemed to be refreshed by the early morning rain.
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Milkweed & Monarch

August 30, 2021 - The monarch butterflies have been very active recently flitting from one milkweed plant to another. Hopefully this will...
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Multiple Choice

August 26, 2021 - This vermillion air or fire stick plant has produced hundreds of blossoms this season. It has turned out to be the best...
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Raindrops on My Bloom

August 24, 2021 - I already was pretty wet from getting caught in a rainstorm at the Detroit Zoo. Figured I couldn't get much wetter so st...
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Evening Glow

August 23, 2021 - As the sun sets in the sky, its fading rays cast light on the garden flowers. It was like kissing them goodnight.
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Juvenile Gull

August 20, 2021 - While there were not a lot of birds out and about during our drive through the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, at le...
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Young Buck

August 19, 2021 - This young, six point buck shows every morning with 2 or three young does to feed in the wetland behind our home. Fortun...
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A Standout

August 18, 2021 - While letting the world pass me by in the Japanese Garden at Cranbrook, my attention was drawn to this flowering bush. I...
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Spotlighted

August 17, 2021 - The original photo was okay from my perspective, but pretty ordinary as the background and composition appeared unintere...
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Adults Only

August 16, 2021 - At the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge, where the herring gulls were busy searching for food as usual. Good opportuni...
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Peace and Quiet

August 13, 2021 - A beautiful spring day in the gardens at Cranbrook. Great location to sit back and let the world pass you by.
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Posing

August 11, 2021 - Visited the Detroit Zoo early one morning to test some new photo gear. Considering the fact that it began to rain 10 min...
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Caught in the Act

August 10, 2021 - By the look on its face you can tell this squirrel knows it has been trying to figure out how to jump from there to the...
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Serenity

August 09, 2021 - Back at Cranbrook Gardens for another day of testing new camera gear. The sun was overhead and it was bright, so it was...
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Exposed but Patient

August 06, 2021 - Not exactly pristine water, but definitely provided good fishing grounds for a variety of birds including this egret....
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Multi-Colored

August 05, 2021 - Spring break for me is grabbing the camera, finding an uncrowded place with water and following wherever the path leads.
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Adult & Juvenile

August 04, 2021 - First outing at the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge which is home to many bird species. Not the best lighting or back...
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Reflections

July 30, 2021 - Another great spring day with just the right amount of clouds and sun to provide great reflections in the calm water bel...
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Mysterious

July 28, 2021 - When the sky is filled with smoke and fog in the early morning it makes for a very different sunrise. The air felt humid...
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Taking A Break

July 26, 2021 - After a major windstorm at night, we had several trees come down in our neighborhood. This blue heron, that usually is f...
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Standing Tall

July 23, 2021 - As opposed to the wildlife encounters out in the western parts of the US, this setting is not only closer, but much easi...
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Taking Flight

July 22, 2021 - Just as I stepped outside my home (camera in hand), these wood ducks took off. Fortunately, I was cooridanted that morni...
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Buddleia Davididii

July 21, 2021 - This bush, sometimes referred to as "summer lilac, is more appropriately referred to as the "butterfly bush". Ours have...
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Smoky Sunrise

July 20, 2021 - With prevailing westerly winds, smoke from the wildfires out west has combined with the haze from our hot, humid air and...
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Which Way Did He Go?

July 05, 2021 - When the sun comes out, the turtles also come out to catch the warmth. Only difference between them and us is they do no...
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Moving On

June 25, 2021 - Looking off into the distance wondering where the tracks might take me. Fortunately no trains were coming from behind....
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Still Standing

June 23, 2021 - Driving around Genesee and Owosso counties in Michigan provides an interesting cross section of old barns. Standing ther...
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Laser Focus

June 21, 2021 - Red-tails are one of the largest birds of prey in North America. When the birds around the feeders hear the screech of...
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Great Blue

June 17, 2021 - Great blue herons are outstanding fishers. You can find them wading through the water or waiting very patiently for thei...
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Border Security

June 16, 2021 - With the nest nearby and the cygnets are in the area, geese are not welcome. In fact, neither are other swans, muskrats...
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Morning Takeoff

June 15, 2021 - When the mute swan lift off with their almost 6 foot wingspread, you can here the wing beats all the way across the lake...
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On the Hunt

June 14, 2021 - This red tailed hawk showed up very silently like it just appeared out of nowhere. After selecting a perch high up in th...
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Mute Swan & Cygnets

June 11, 2021 - These multicolored cygnets that are growing quickly soon will be all white just like the pen - - "MOM".
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The Chase Is On

June 08, 2021 - Anytime geese get too close to the swans' nest or the young cygnets, the male swan (the pen) does not hesitate to announ...
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Keep Your Distance

June 07, 2021 - This is what happens when you get to close to a goose and its goslings. Of course, turnabout is fair play as the geese o...
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Nest Building

June 05, 2021 - Early spring in Florida when everyone is building new homes and getting ready to start a new families. This tricolored h...
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Mute Swan & Cygnets

June 04, 2021 - Mom is out showing off the remaining cygnets who certainly have grown since they left the nest. I guess that is what eat...
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In Balance

May 29, 2021 - Here's a bird that can do two things at once - - preening and balancing on one leg. Sometimes I see people having troubl...
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Looking for Leftovers

May 28, 2021 - Frequent visitor during the week after the swans vacated their nest for the hatch of the seven cygnets. This crane was n...
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Focused

May 27, 2021 - This hawk has become a regular visitor. While I never have seen it take a small bird from the feeder area, they certainl...
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Togetherness

May 26, 2021 - After only 15 days from hatching, the four cygnets that have successfully evaded the predators remain safe and stay clos...
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Battle Is On

May 25, 2021 - Once again, a Canadian goose trues to enter the perimeter of the swan's territory. Given their relative size, the goose...
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New Family

May 22, 2021 - Three new families of geese with their goslings seemed to appear out of nowhere this particular morning. It was surprisi...
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Guzei

May 21, 2021 - This is the iconic Japanese red Bridge or Guzei. "Red" is an important color in the Japanese culture as it represents wi...
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Touch of Japan

May 20, 2021 - Reminds me of my time in Japan. Well tended gardens, softly flowing water and stonework placed to provide peace and tran...
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Peace and Quiet

May 19, 2021 - When you take time to pause and actually see your surroundings, it is amazing what you find. This scene was so full of n...
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A Place To Reconnect

May 18, 2021 - It was a chilly and windy, and mostly cloudy day, but the sun peaked out once in a while. Under any conditions, this is...
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Downy Comforter

May 17, 2021 - After taking a headcount and making sure all 7 cygnets were back at the nest, Mom started to settle them in for the nigh...
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Hitching A Ride

May 15, 2021 - Just before dark, the family returned home. We still have seven cygnets, some are hidden by Mom's body.
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Time to Go

May 14, 2021 - The cygnets are growing pretty quickly. No big surprise as they leave before 7:00am and return around 9:15pm. They spend...
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Safe at Home Base

May 13, 2021 - I was about to call CPS (child protective services) as Mom and Dad took the babies out just before 7:00am and did not re...
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Family

May 13, 2021 - Day 2 and the cygnets are out on a lake tour being guarded very closely by their parents. I expect that over the next tw...
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New Life - Day 2

May 12, 2021 - After the clutch hatched on Monday, I was very excited to see 5 active cygnets in the nest. Yesterday I was even more ex...
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New Life

May 11, 2021 - Our swans returned on March 5th and I observed the mating ritual on March 27th. Normal incubation ranges from 32 to 45 d...
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What's Happening Here

April 22, 2021 - Every day during the past 2 weeks, this blue heron has been showing up along the shoreline. Previously it had shown up p...
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Immovable

April 21, 2021 - I was thinking about naming this swan after the historian, Herodotus. as nothing keeps her from her appointed task of pr...
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The Waiting Game

April 21, 2021 - Our swan couple have settled into the incubation period. She, the pen, spends most of her time sitting on the eggs. Our...
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Finishing Touches

April 20, 2021 - The clutch has been complete for at least 2 weeks. The pen will incubate them for about 5 or 6 weeks before the cygnets...
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The Beat Goes On

April 20, 2021 - The spot they picked has a lot of material around the site. This was one of the main reasons this site was selected as t...
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Do Not Come Near

April 17, 2021 - While I did not see who or what may have been approaching, the female swan - - the pen -- obviously went on alert to war...
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Finally - Results !!!

April 14, 2021 - "After fertilisation has taken place, the egg travels down the oviduct by muscular contractions, similar to the way that...
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Post Ritual Bathing

April 13, 2021 - This is the last shot I captured through the entire mating ritual. Must admit that I was not sure if this was just like...
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Bathing Ballet

April 13, 2021 - After mating and before returning to their daily routines the swans complete a bathing and preening routine together. Ev...
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The Final Step

April 12, 2021 - After the mating has been completed, the swans l go about their daily business of feeding and defending their territory,...
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Side-by-Side

April 07, 2021 - This is the very beginning stage of the elaborate mating ritual of these mute swans. The swans will be close to each ot...
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Private Island

April 06, 2021 - I mentioned in yesterday's blog "Almost There", some of the key requirements for a swan's nest. Here are two other key p...
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Almost There

April 06, 2021 - Almost There Month DD, YYYY • Leave a Comment The finished nest should have the following features: A depressio...
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Material from the Moat

April 05, 2021 - There are several key factors in creating the nest into which the eggs will be hatched and the cygnets born. First, the...
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Working Together

April 03, 2021 - After selecting a spot, the real work of nest building has started by gathering twigs, leaves and other vegetation. When...
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Gathering Materials

April 02, 2021 - Both partners are in the gathering process, Eventually he will start passing materials to her so that the nest can be fo...
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New Beginnings

April 01, 2021 - For 5 years I have been watching the swans return, build their nest on the other side of the lake and give birth to as m...
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Tic Tac Toe

March 03, 2021 - While enjoying the beautiful fall day, when I cam across this scene, I couldn't help thinking back to the days when we p...
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Wintery Day

February 28, 2021 - Must admit that winter is not my favorite time of year, but morning's like this out in nature make it far more bearable.
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Fall Colors -4

February 25, 2021 - A week or so before peak color in our area. Seemed like it was calling out to be photographed.
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Female Redhead

February 21, 2021 - This is one stalwart redhead that came in for a quick landing on our snow covered lake with temperatures just above sing...
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On the Prowl

February 14, 2021 - Shortly after the deer crossed the lake, two coyotes exited the woods at one end of the lake and crossed to the woods on...
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Spooked

February 12, 2021 - These two does had just finished crossing the ice on the lake and came ashore right behind our home. Their ears perked u...
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Focused & Hunting

February 10, 2021 - Right after the deer went on alert, raised their tails and took off running, along came a large coyote on their scent. T...
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Life on Ice

February 09, 2021 - With less human activity in the area, the deer herd has grown and the number of does appearing daily appears to have dou...
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Fall Colors -2

January 30, 2021 - More country roads in the fall in MI.
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Fall Colors -1

January 26, 2021 - Continuing to explore the neighboring less traveled roads in our area.
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Autumn Leaves

January 25, 2021 - Driving around exploring the backroads in the local area in the fall season brings some unexpected views.
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Almost Gone

January 17, 2021 - Out walking with Schatzi, when I saw the few remaining patches of snow after the storm earlier in the day. Couldn't resi...
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Disappearing Act

January 15, 2021 - After a few hours even the small patches of snow on the evergreens began to melt and the photo opportunities began to di...
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Snow and Ice

January 14, 2021 - Must admit the snowfall a few nights ago created a beautiful winter landscape. I almost was sorry to see it warm up and...
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Curiosity

January 12, 2021 - After several days of rain, the lake has reached the highest level I've seen since moving here. It reached within a few...
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Snow Patterns

January 11, 2021 - When we are fortunate enough to get a wet snow that clings to everything in sight and when you take the time to actually...
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My View of Winter

January 10, 2021 - While not my favorite time of year, I must admit there are days when the scenery is magical.
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Sun and Snow

January 08, 2021 - After an overnight snowfall and a gloomy start to the day, I thought a blue sky might make the winter wonderland even mo...
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Winter Wonderland -3

January 07, 2021 - Almost surreal this morning. That is, until I stepped out with the camera and the cold air hit me in the face. Don't kno...
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Winter Wonderland - 2

January 06, 2021 - No matter which way I venture, the scenery was breathtaking after the overnight snowfall. The temperature may have added...
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Winter Wonderland -1

January 05, 2021 - Woke up this morning and much to my surprise it was a sight to behold. It was a heavy, wet snow that hung onto everythin...
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Fall in MI -7

November 05, 2020 - The hills are alive with color!
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Fall in MI -6

November 04, 2020 - Just before the colors peaked, mother nature put on a show.
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Fall in MI -5

November 03, 2020 - Another outing, another view and more color.
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Fall in MI -4

November 02, 2020 - On the road again. It just keeps getting better.
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Fall in MI -3

November 01, 2020 - The world around us has a lot to offer. Just take the time to actually see it!
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Fall in MI -2

October 31, 2020 - More beauty from nature that surrounds us. Take time to take it in!!!
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Fall in MI -1

October 30, 2020 - This is the time of year to get out and enjoy the changing season. I, for one, am not looking forward to what is coming...
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Country Road

October 29, 2020 - Early autumn in Michigan is the beginning of my favorite time of year in the area. The air is fresh, the colors are begi...
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Challenging

October 23, 2020 - A male deer is called a buck. The size of the buck depends on many factors, including longevity, his herd's sex composit...
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10 Pointer

October 21, 2020 - Deer are social animals who group together in herds, but only within their own sex. Except for during the breeding phas...
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The Chase Is On

September 09, 2020 - I have the good fortune to live on a small lake in Michigan, and have been able to watch a swan couple raise and protect...
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Lightening Strike

August 31, 2020 - Decided to push the envelope and take a drive in the countryside to photography old barns. While it was partly cloudy an...
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Tiger Bee Fly

August 20, 2020 - I have photographed tigers, bees and flies, but this is a new one for me. Source: Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources...
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Perfect Bond

August 19, 2020 - Butterflies and moths have one thing in common. They have four stages of life - - egg, larva which is the caterpillar st...
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Ultraviolet World

July 27, 2020 - Being sequestered does have some advantages. Instead of seeking new photo opportunities away from home, I decided to foc...
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Break Dance

June 19, 2020 - There was a bird frenzy at the feeders with lots of seed falling to the ground. This squirrel appearing to be dancing wi...
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Catch My Drift

June 17, 2020 - This female mallard appeared to be having a good time all by herself just bouncing and drifting on the choppy water.
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They're Back

June 14, 2020 - Normal peak fall migration for hummingbirds is from mid-July throughout September. They can fly up to 30 miles per hour.
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In the Beginning

May 27, 2020 - What a great experience! After leaving the nest for the first time, Mom and Dad brought the babies across the lake to ha...
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First Outing

May 22, 2020 - I have been watching the swans nesting, and chasing away intruders from the area for quite some time. The other day, I l...
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Deer Feed ???

April 19, 2020 - I think I have been duped. All along, I though I was buying bird food.
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Autumn Arrives

November 19, 2019 - About 40 miles from home checking the color change. Timing was premature for peak color, but the calm waters and interes...
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Smoky Sunrise

August 16, 2019 - I just entered this photo on my new site at FanArtReview. By the end of this month, this will become my go to site. Yo...
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Closer and Closer

August 12, 2019 - A simple budding iris in the morning light just at daybreak.
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The Wind Did It

July 09, 2019 - Found out from the owner of the property that this 150 year old barn was going "strong" (not my words), until 6 months a...
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Textured

July 08, 2019 - Nature is a great artist.
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Rocky

July 05, 2019 - Couldn't resist the rock pattern of one wall in an old barn that was in the process of falling down. My best guess is th...
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Almost There

July 03, 2019 - The rains have stopped and the flowers are looking for a bit of sun to make their appearance.
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Iridaceae Family

July 02, 2019 - One of the 250=300 species of flowering plants with very showy flowers, these irises get there name from a Greek goddess...
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Getting Ready

June 28, 2019 - The barn may be old, but the tractor was ready to get started for the season. It snowed a little a few days later, so I'...
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Caved In

June 25, 2019 - I don't know when the roof on this old barn caved in, but we've had a lot of strong winds this past winter to help it al...
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What's Behind The Red Door?

June 24, 2019 - After trying to photograph from the road, I got permission to explore the property up close. Have to get back as there w...
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Contrasting Shapes & Colors

June 21, 2019 - There was so much going on at this one site, we were fortunate that the owner allowed us to wander with our cameras. Not...
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Far Afield

June 20, 2019 - A beautiful day for a ride out in the countryside. The clouds and sun cooperated to help provide a perfect setting for p...
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Japanese Iris

June 18, 2019 - In the middle ages, the meaning of irises got linked to the French Monarchy. Later on, the iris became the national symb...
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Patchwork

June 12, 2019 - A real juxtaposition of the old and the new -- materials that is.
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Not So Wily

June 11, 2019 - Between the coyote and the hawk, the squirrels and birds have scattered and are in hiding today.
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Aging Nicely

May 29, 2019 - The wind and the rain do their work and create art over time. Mother Nature is a great artist.
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Too Close for Comfort

May 17, 2019 - As we were exploring a new area looking for farms, barns and other interesting landscape, we came across this old house...
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Regal Eagle

May 07, 2019 - I very cautiously approached to try and capture the spirit of this magnificent eagle, and as I did, it's attitude spoke...
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The Weathered Look

May 06, 2019 - This was one of my first captures of the day. Weather conditions were near perfect, just a bit windy and there were barn...
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Holding Up

April 26, 2019 - I stood there for a while looking at this old house trying to imagine who may have lived there and what life was like. I...
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Succumbed to the Wind

April 25, 2019 - The owner told me that this barn was 150 years old and had been moved from the "back 40" acres a long time ago. The roof...
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On the Hill

April 23, 2019 - From the road, this barn looked fairly sturdy and interesting. The closer I got, the more I realized that one of the sil...
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You Following?

April 22, 2019 - Really surprised me to see this coyote exposed during daylight hours, but happy to capture the regal stance.
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Silhouette

April 18, 2019 - If the vines, etc. were gone, I believe this would soon become the "Humpty Dumpty" barn. Only, in this case, the barn wo...
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Almost Gone

April 17, 2019 - The wind, the weather and time have created this work of art. What a history there must be here.
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On the Horizon

April 16, 2019 - Took a short break between photographing old barns to relax and take in the scenery. These two trees presented a great v...
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Staredown

April 15, 2019 - They are becoming emboldened and don't hesitate to come out during the daytime. Always right next to my pal Mannie as he...
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End of the Road

April 12, 2019 - Once we got out in the country the photo opportunities just kept coming. It was like finding treasure. In fact, we only...
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Side by Side

April 11, 2019 - Once in a while while out exploring, you find something that's like a gold strike for a photographer. This was the way m...
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Grown Over

April 08, 2019 - Another classic "sculpture" made by nature and time.
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See Through

April 04, 2019 - Driving around Oakland Township, less than an hour from home, looking for something of interest to photograph. This is j...
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Isolated

March 05, 2019 - Not much growing, or even moving this time of year, but a great location to try out my new Sigma 14-24mm wide angle lens...
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Weathered

February 21, 2019 - Who knows. Maybe the barn wood is worth more than the land with a vacant barn. It made for a good trial with a new lens...
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Snow Moon

February 19, 2019 - It's clear, it's crisp and it is a great opportunity to capture this beautiful full snow moon.
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Beauty in Rust

February 13, 2019 - I wanted a new challenge rather than staying home just because it's windy and freezing. One of my first shots with a new...
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Perfect Match

February 11, 2019 - When an incoming storm makes for an ominous setting. Couldn't resist the black & White conversion of this old barn.
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Storm Brewing

February 07, 2019 - Taking on a new challenge in terms of subject matter and the weather. The temperature was right at freezing, but then, o...
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Melanerpes Carolinus

January 10, 2019 - This red bellied adult male woodpecker was checking out the feeders before swooping in to claim its perch among the othe...
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