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Refreshed

September 12, 2022 - Hummingbirds are not very social. Like most other birds in migration, hummingbirds do not fly in flocks. They fly indivi...
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Wind Beneath My Wings

August 17, 2022 - Soaring over the lake, this young eagle fully spread its wings to take advantage of the air currents and conserve energy...
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Flight Formation

July 27, 2022 - Heading north after a day of fishing the inlets, the power plant and the fishing docks around the Ft Pierce area and Hut...
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Lift Off

July 25, 2022 - Don't let their size fool you. Hummingbirds have stamina and fly very fast. In fact, they have been clocked at 30mph whe...
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Reenergizing

July 22, 2022 - For those who have fed hummingbirds over the years it becomes apparent pretty quickly that the hummingbirds are pretty p...
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Soft Landing

July 20, 2022 - Hummingbirds have a very fast metabolism, far faster than yours and mine and about 100 times faster than that of an elep...
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The Approach

July 18, 2022 - How did it acquire its name? It's not from the call they make; it's from the sound their wings produce when in flight....
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Look Out Below

July 08, 2022 - Surprisingly, Baltimore Orioles, like this female, really are not members of the oriole family. They really are in the b...
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The Crane Family

June 16, 2022 - These sandhill cranes can be found in freshwater marshes, pastures and open woods throughout Florida. People who feed th...
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Easy Meal

June 15, 2022 - This juvenile eagle decided picking up a floating shrimp was an easy meal - - maybe appetizer -- as it searched for food...
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Target in Reach

June 13, 2022 - Having just left its nest, this adult American Eagle headed straight for the lake in search of breakfast. With its talon...
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Taking a Break

June 08, 2022 - Cleaning up on the beach after finishing off their morning catch. Smart enough to avoid catching a wave like some people...
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Grab & Go

June 03, 2022 - After coming in quickly from above, this juvenile American eagle grabbed a piece of floating fish from the surface of La...
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Returning to the Nest

May 31, 2022 - It started out as what appeared to be a quiet morning on Blue Cypress Lake, but when the ospreys started to take flight...
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Energy Drink

May 27, 2022 - Even though the weather has not been cooperative this spring with frequent below normal temperatures along with lots of...
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Be Warned

May 25, 2022 - This osprey was perched atop its large nest. As we drifted closer to get a better perspective of it from below, we got a...
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Ready to Depart

May 24, 2022 - Perched on top of its nest, as we quietly drifted closer, we did not escape its excellent vision, but managed a quick sh...
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Scouting

May 23, 2022 - The cold weather is lingering through April and the deer are returning to scout familiar territory for food. At this poi...
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Watchful Eyes

May 18, 2022 - Always on alert, these ospreys are either guarding the young or using their excellent vision to search for unsuspecting...
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Laser Focus

May 11, 2022 - Osprey vision is one of their attributes that make them such excellent fishermen. While their eyes are about the same si...
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Perching Duck

May 09, 2022 - Wood ducks often are referred to as "Carolina Ducks". They nest in trees typically in hollowed out nests of squirrels,...
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The "Look"

May 06, 2022 - When you become the subject of the laser focused stare of a raptor, you have to think about what it is like to be target...
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Meleagris gallopavo

May 03, 2022 - This wild turkey is a bird native to the US. It is considered a proud bird that has strong protective instincts. In face...
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Exploring New Waters

April 29, 2022 - This is a breeding Ring necked duck. They returned en masse a few days ago, stayed for a few days and disappeared as qui...
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Happiness Is

April 05, 2022 - The look of pure joy after finding a piece of bread in the grass.
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Nature's Serenity

March 28, 2022 - Another serene spot beside a slow flowing, lazy river. Perfect for clearing the mind and reducing stress. Not only that,...
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Leading the Way

March 22, 2022 - Heading south early in the morning looking for fish as they work their way toward the usual daytime feeding area. They w...
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Sunbathing

March 21, 2022 - Alligators have a lot more teeth than us. In fact, they have about 75 teeth. Again, unlikes, when their teeth wear out o...
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Settling In

March 18, 2022 - Although they were not in great numbers yet, the roseate spoonbills that were in the rookery were active enough to captu...
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Patiently Waiting

March 16, 2022 - Frequently found on the Florid beaches between August and May. These Ruddy Turnstones were carefully watching for the ti...
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It's Mine

March 15, 2022 - This squirrel had just found a piece of bread in the grass just off the beach. It quickly scampered on top of a wood pil...
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Snakebird

March 11, 2022 - The anhinga was described as "snakebird" early on by the Native American Indians as the shape of its head and neck look...
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Lazing in the Sun

March 09, 2022 - The American alligator is a cold blooded reptile living in wetland areas. It can grow between 6 and 11 feet long and art...
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Nest Building

March 04, 2022 - In addition to bringing materials to enhance the nest, it looks like there was some food delivery taking place. Given th...
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Returning to the Rookery

March 01, 2022 - Mid February and the roseate spoonbills are just arriving to begin mating and nest building. Only a few were clearly vis...
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Can't Fool Me

February 28, 2022 - Sometimes the best plans to deter wildlife end up being a great place to stop, rest and maybe even take time to air dry...
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The Morning After

February 27, 2022 - After three days of wind and rain the sun broke out for a couple of hours in the early morning. I couldn't wait to get o...
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Glossy Ibis

February 23, 2022 - Another Florida resident, most commonly found in central and south Florida in coastal and freshwater marshes and ponds.
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Showing Off

February 22, 2022 - Another Florida resident commonly seen circling above the roadways looking for carrion and road kill. With a 6 foot wing...
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Ibis Family Member

February 21, 2022 - A Forida resident that normally breeds from down in the everglades as far north as Tampa Bay on the west coast and Merri...
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In the Garden

February 17, 2022 - Whenever I find a quiet spot with flowing water, I let the stress go with the flow. It is a magical feeling.
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Finished Feeding

February 15, 2022 - These brown pelicans often can be found as part of a colony nesting in trees. This is where they also rest when not fly...
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Florida Resident

February 14, 2022 - This Plegadis falcinellus, otherwise known as a glossy ibis, is about 2 feet in length. In winter the adult wings and bo...
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Whistling Skein

February 11, 2022 - These boisterous black bellied whistling ducks were calm floating on a small pond and suddenly burst up overhead. It was...
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Dressed in Pink

February 10, 2022 - This roseate spoonbill is a member of the Ibis Family. It is resident in Florida where it lives in the coastal flats, la...
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The Raft

February 09, 2022 - This flock, or "raft" of black-bellied whistling ducks was very boisterous.It often is referred to as part duck and part...
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Grus Canadensis

February 08, 2022 - A sandhill crane looking for a meal - - mainly seeds and tubers - - located in a wetland area west of Vero Beach.
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I See You

February 05, 2022 - While bucks and does normally remain separate from each other except during the mating season the doe was feeding about...
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Great Expectations

February 02, 2022 - Given the action of the water coming out of this pipe, it appears as though this Great Blue Heron expected its dinner to...
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Wild Orchids

February 01, 2022 - Epiphytes are a fascinating group of plants, which include many species from the bromeliad family and the orchid family.
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Mimus polyglots

January 27, 2022 - As soon as the red tail hawk departed this courageous mockingbird to up the high perch to see who it might target to cha...
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Changing Conditions

January 25, 2022 - It was overcast, and pretty windy with temperatures in the mid-50's, While a bit chilly, Schatzi and I enjoyed our morni...
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Who's Your Daddy

January 23, 2022 - Here's a brave little lizard (brown anole) riding on the nose of a 'gator. Fortunately it was a lawn ornament and not th...
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Water Landing

January 20, 2022 - Softly touching down to join the other white pelicans feeding nearby on the intracoastal waterway.
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Northern Cardinal

January 19, 2022 - I see these beautiful birds pretty much wherever I travel in the US, but the setting was a bit different so I couldn't r...
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Anolis Sagrei

January 19, 2022 - This male Brown Anole lizard, which is very common on both coasts of Florida, is seen displaying its reddish-orange thro...
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Lurking

January 18, 2022 - Looking docile when floating around the lake, but 'gators can be very aggressive and vicious when approached. Sitting in...
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Florida Resident

January 17, 2022 - Lots of these black skimmers were resting on the beach along with a multitude of other gulls and terns. One big happy fa...
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Squid Lips

January 15, 2022 - From the name of the restaurant to the signage, you know you are going to relax and have fun while enjoying the outdoor...
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Morning Breaks

January 14, 2022 - Off to the beach to watch the birds, the waves, the treasure seekers, the fishermen and,of course, the sun bathers.
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The Way It Was

January 13, 2022 - After continuing to go deeper into the area, I must admit, I gave up after the first two dozen mosquito bites. That doe...
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Back in Time

January 12, 2022 - Heading into a new area to explore an relatively untouched area. Looks like a totally unspoiled, untouched area. Wonder...
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Going Deeper

January 11, 2022 - Continuing along the trail while checking for creepy crawly things on the ground. It sure is silent. Not even a bird sin...
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Deep in Nature

January 10, 2022 - The sound of silence is "deafening". About the only thing stirring are the dragonflies and there seem to be hundreds fly...
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Sneak Peak

January 07, 2022 - Another day, another boardwalk. Only this time, I know there I am headed. It's a beach exploration to check out the surr...
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Unknown Path

January 06, 2022 - Following the Florida nature trails with absolutely no idea of what may be around the next bend. Mysterious and full of...
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Daybreak

January 05, 2022 - Just after sunrise on a rare overcast morning. Here I don't consider it dark and gloomy, but an opportunity to capture a...
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Looking for Lunch

January 04, 2022 - This American Alligator, formally known as Alligator Mississippinsis, tens to hibernate in the cooler months in Florida.
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Sandpiper Family

January 03, 2022 - Off by itself, this Ruddy Turnstone inhabits the beaches of Florida.
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To the Beach

December 31, 2021 - Another early morning adventure on the beach. Schatzi already understands what lies ahead and is getting ready for her "...
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Great Egret

December 30, 2021 - This egret was patiently awaiting the ebb and flow of the tide to bring its potential meal to it. Apparently it was savi...
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Before Sunrise

December 29, 2021 - Sneaked away a little earlier this morning while my ladies were soundly sleeping. Most days have had no cloud coverage s...
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Juvenile

December 28, 2021 - This little egret can be identified as a juvenile due to its yellow legs which will become all black (like the front par...
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Ready to Strike

December 27, 2021 - This great egret was patiently awaiting an unsuspecting fish to come a bit closer before enjoying its next meal. A perfe...
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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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Flight Formation

December 23, 2021 - These black skimmerss were part of a flock of mixed shorebirds that I encountered on a quiet beach protected by a rock b...
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Arenaria interpres

December 22, 2021 - My first encounter with a Ruddy Turnstone. This bird inhabits beaches and mudflats, so I was surprised I never had encou...
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Landing

December 21, 2021 - Incoming brown pelican as it landed. The wingspread is what caught my attention.
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Egret in Flight

December 20, 2021 - I was relaxing watching egrets fish along the rocky shoreline along the Fort Pierce inlet. Theyir wingspread of about 4...
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Touch Down

December 17, 2021 - I always have found Florida's brown pelicans interesting as they circle and dive for their meals. Their flying formation...
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Scattering

December 16, 2021 - As I was settling into position and slowly approaching this group of shorebirds, including laughing gulls, black skimmer...
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Birdmania

December 15, 2021 - There were so many shorebirds coming and going, I was beginning to wonder if Alfred Hitchcock's spirit was present. It f...
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Busy Bee

December 14, 2021 - And the work goes on throughout the year down here.
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Raindrops Keeps Falling

December 10, 2021 - As the day was breaking, there was a brief break between the rain showers. Couldn't resit the opportunity to capture the...
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Preening

December 08, 2021 - The Little Blue Heron is probably a close relative of the Snowy Egret. Like the Snowy Egret, it is all white when it is...
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"Ebony and Ivory"

December 03, 2021 - White pelicans feed differently than brown pelicans. The brown pelicans dive on the fish. The white pelicans float on th...
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The Gathering

December 01, 2021 - There are several names for groups of pelicans. These include squadrons, pods, scoops and briefs. For me, after watchin...
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Balancing Act

November 30, 2021 - The Little Blue Heron is a stand-and-wait predator as opposed to being a predator that dashes around looking for its pre...
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Soaring

November 29, 2021 - Of the 8 species of Pelicans, only the Brown Pelican lives primarily on coastal shores and is one of only two of the spe...
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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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Dinnertime

November 24, 2021 - Our wetland was trimmed down to the legal limit last week and the deer have become exposed. This buck returns daily to f...
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"Lefty"

November 23, 2021 - This whitetail buck should have been a 6 pointer, but lost half its rack. I have been walking the trails looking for the...
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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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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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