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What Next?

April 18, 2024 - After a rapid drop in temperature combined with gusty winds, the wind chill factors ranged from -15 to -20 degrees. Need...
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In the Snow

February 27, 2024 - While I have no love of snow and freezing temperatures, I must admit that it provides a great backdrop for some bird pho...
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Easy Pickin's

February 26, 2024 - Red-bellied woodpeckers are pretty common here in Southeast Michigan. They inhabit a variety of wooded areas including f...
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Many Facets of Bathing

February 23, 2024 - Of the various rituals that swans engage in, bathing serves several purposes: - Feather maintenance -Social bonding as...
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Shaking It Off

February 21, 2024 - Bathing helps the mute swans maintain cleanliness and waterproofing of their feathers. As part of the bathing process, t...
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Daily Ritual

February 19, 2024 - Mute swans engage in a variety of interesting rituals including bathing. This daily ritual, which oftentimes occurs mult...
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Back to the Feeder

February 16, 2024 - This Red-bellied Woodpecker has a diverse diet including insects, fruits and seeds. Here in southeast Michigan during th...
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Up and Away

February 14, 2024 - A seen here, the male cardinal is known for is vibrant red plumage which covers most of their body. Other prominent feat...
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Leap of Faith

February 12, 2024 - In spite of their name - - "Red-bellied Woodpecker" - - the red belly of it is rarely seen. They are more easily recogni...
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Elegance

February 11, 2024 - In the midst of winter's icy grip on our small inland lake, the usually serene lake becomes more of a competitive battle...
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Toward the Sun

February 09, 2024 - In the South some folklore beliefs include one that says if you see a cardinal flying toward the sun then good fortune i...
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Crested Songbird

February 07, 2024 - Cardinals are easily recognized mainly by their plumage and their crested heads. Their crests can be raised or lowered d...
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Good Luck

February 05, 2024 - Cardinals are often associated with various beliefs about good fortune and good luck. In North American folklore the car...
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Double Pleasure

February 02, 2024 - These two female Merganser ducks truly showed off their fishing skills with both ducks coming up with a fish. Their fea...
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Good Fishing

January 31, 2024 - Merganser ducks are very skilled divers. They dive underwater to search for food which consists primarily of fish and aq...
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Nomadic Nature

January 29, 2024 - Female Hooded Merganser Ducks are noted for their striking appearance with a distinctive elegant hood on their heads. M...
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Seeking Refuge

January 26, 2024 - As the temperatures went downhill faster than a downhill racer on an icy slope, the skim ice quickly spread and thickene...
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Slippin' & Slidin'

January 25, 2024 - Right in the middle of January the temperatures dropped quickly and radically which combined with gusty winds resulted i...
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Frozen

January 24, 2024 - In contrast to the background of the frozen expanse, the swans and the geese appear almost ethereal with their plumage c...
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Pen and Cob

January 22, 2024 - During the migratory period when all the ducks show up, the swans seem to accept the temporary intrusion on "their" lake...
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Pen & Cob Juveniles

January 19, 2024 - Swans really are captivating. When they first hatch they are not the pristine white color we normally associate with the...
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The Hen

January 17, 2024 - In comparison to the easily recognizable "green headed" male mallard, the female has a more mottled brown appearance. Sh...
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Aix Sponsa

January 15, 2024 - Wood Ducks are known for their vibrant plumage and somewhat unique behavior. One of the most striking features of the wo...
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Dipping

January 12, 2024 - The ducks' migration has begun in earnest. It is a well-orchestrated feat ingrained in the ducks' instincts. Michigan i...
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Refelections

January 10, 2024 - As you stroll along the winding paths within Cranbrook Gardens you gain a sense of peace and tranquility. In the springt...
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Mergus Merganser

January 08, 2024 - The adult female common merganser is recognizable by her chestnut head which are clearly demarcated from her gray feathe...
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Ring-Necked

January 05, 2024 - If you are like me, I want to call this duck "Ring Billed" because of the obvious white ring on its bill. Fooled me too!...
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Juvenile Cob

January 03, 2024 - In case you could not find the difference between the male and female mute swans in yesterday's post, here is a prominen...
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Drying Off

January 01, 2024 - Mallards really are fascinating ducks. The male mallard seen here is called a drake. The males have more vibrant colors...
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The Migration

December 27, 2023 - As fall descends on Southeast Michigan, the skies come alive with the calls of ducks embarking on their annual migration...
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Treasure Hunt

December 21, 2023 - Somehow the squirrels seem to know when Schatzi our rescue dog is sleeping. If she is awake and sees a squirrel she sta...
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The Couple

December 20, 2023 - As part of this year's annual migration a higher than normal number of merganser ducks joined the other breeds visiting...
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Standing Alone

December 18, 2023 - In addition to the rich biodiversity of flowers, trees and wildlife found in Cranbrook Gardens the gardens house a multi...
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Few of Many

December 15, 2023 - In between t the clouds and the snow showers, the sun broke out briefly and various groups of mallards were actively fee...
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Japanese Red Bridge

December 13, 2023 - No matter whether you visit the Japanese Garden in the soft glow of the early morning light, at midday or beneath the sh...
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In the Distance

December 11, 2023 - Cranbrook Gardens located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan is a stunning botanical garden with rich natural and architectur...
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Gently Flowing

December 08, 2023 - Another picturesque and tranquil spot within Cranbrook Gardens where you can find peace and tranquility as you escape fr...
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The Guzei

December 06, 2023 - When I wander across the "Guzei" (Japanese Red Bridge") I get a sense of stepping into a tranquil realm where time slows...
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Tranquility

December 05, 2023 - This traditional Japanese Red Bridge stands out as a captivating focal point within the scenic beauty of Cranbrook Garde...
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The Streets Are Alive

November 29, 2023 - In addition to weather supporting plusher growth for the wildlife to feed upon, this is the year during the oak tree cyc...
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Ready to Fly

November 27, 2023 - Once the fall colors have peaked, my attention turns to what else nature has to offer while I am hiking the trails or me...
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Past the Peak

November 24, 2023 - Just because peak color is over for the season and most leaves already have fallen doesn't mean the camera gear has to b...
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At Peace

November 22, 2023 - The iconic Japanese Red Bridge with its vibrant crimson hue can be found within the scenic beauty of Cranbrook Gardens i...
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Almost Hidden

November 20, 2023 - The temperatures have dropped 10-15 degrees below normal during the past couple of weeks. Prior to that, we experienced...
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In Contrast

November 17, 2023 - Meandering around in the wooded area surrounding our home, I was able to enjoy the autumn transformation highlights offe...
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Lonely Maple

November 15, 2023 - Here we are at my special place where I go to reconnect with nature. It is where I find peace and tranquility. A touch o...
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Break in the Storm

November 14, 2023 - As you can see, the rain stopped, the clouds parted and the sun lit up some of the trees along the shoreline revealing n...
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Before the Storm

November 13, 2023 - Fall's peak colors is a favorite time of year for photographers like me. It truly is a magical time of year when the lea...
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Lazy River

November 10, 2023 - The best part of the frequent rain is that the water levels were up from the norm and the flow of the river was steady....
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Afternoon Delight

November 09, 2023 - The crisp air, the earthy scent of fallen leaves and the way the sun filters through the foliage casts a warm golden glo...
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Peaking Colors

November 08, 2023 - I am out with the camera exploring nature every chance I get. Where I think spring symbolizes new beginnings and always...
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Colors Galore

November 07, 2023 - Isn't it something when fall season comes around and the world seems to get painted in a brand new pallet. Walking throu...
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Ray of Light

November 06, 2023 - While on an early morning hike in the woods the sudden break in the clouds casting down on this colorful tree a ways dow...
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Into the Mix

November 04, 2023 - We travel the backgrounds looking for the beauty that surrounds us in the landscape during the late fall season. Each tw...
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All Ablaze

November 03, 2023 - The colors were peaking in Southeast Michigan this past week and the weather decided to cooperate. This is one of the co...
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In the Distance

November 02, 2023 - Still looking around the area within 10 miles of home to keep my eyes on the status of the color change. I missed a few...
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Home Sweet Home

November 01, 2023 - Returned to the dock later in the afternoon to enjoy the impact of nature just before sunset. Once again the timing was...
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Docked

October 31, 2023 - Heading down the hill to the lake behind our home. The floating dock looked inviting so I decided to follow it down and...
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Gateway to ?

October 30, 2023 - I always am surprised by what I encounter while hiking trails that I never have explored before. I never did figure out...
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Colorful and Barren

October 29, 2023 - In photography, timing is a key factor in almost every situation. It certainly is key when photographing wildlife and pe...
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Tricky Passage

October 27, 2023 - Got off the trail. It was not by accident, I was following a hawk I'd seen fly across the trail. As I did not have a big...
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Covered Bridge

October 27, 2023 - Once again out exploring while there was a break in the weather. Conditions were changing fairly quickly, but I was fort...
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Off to Explore

October 26, 2023 - Following a new path into the wooded area behind the city offices near home. After heading down the slope (sledding hil...
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Down the Road

October 26, 2023 - From day to day, the weather has been changing quickly for the past few weeks. While I have been out attempting to captu...
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In the Distance

October 25, 2023 - A totally different view on the same outing by following a different fork in the road. Here you can appreciate the woode...
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Late Light

October 24, 2023 - Sometimes the rain stops, the clouds part and the light shines down upon a small area in perfect position to highlight t...
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In the Spotlight

October 24, 2023 - In addition to losing their chlorophyll, trees also produce other pigments in response to the changing season. Anthocyan...
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Leading the Way

October 23, 2023 - As we headed out on the first day, we decided to take a few of the back roads to get a feel for what stage of the color...
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Nature's Pallette

October 23, 2023 - Here it is on display. The magic of autumn! This is the time when Mother Nature decided to put on a vibrant show. Now i...
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Young Buck

October 16, 2023 - We are seeing more deer this year than any other time during our 8+ years here. In addition to their proliferation, they...
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Harmony

September 22, 2023 - What could be better. A butterfly and a honey bee sharing the same blossom on our butterfly bush to feed and to pollinat...
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Bee for Me

September 18, 2023 - The feeding activity for the birds, especially the hummingbirds, has increased significantly over the past couple of wee...
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In the Mix

September 12, 2023 - Here's a familiar backyard bird that usually is attracted to see feeders. In fact, it usually is the first bird to disco...
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Ready to Fish

September 11, 2023 - This osprey seemed to appear out of nowhere and alighted upon a branch at the end of the lake. Given its exceptional eye...
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New Nectar

September 08, 2023 - Until this week the coleus has not blossomed, but as soon as it did, the bees and the hummingbirds were soon there extra...
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Early Fall-1

September 07, 2023 - Here we are, Labor Day plus two days and the leaves already are changing colors. While I look forward to photographing t...
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Priming the Tongue

September 06, 2023 - While hummingbirds have proportionately long beaks, it is their tongue that is used to extract nectar from the flowers o...
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Checking the Plant Selection

September 05, 2023 - It has become apparent that colder weather will be arriving soon. The hummingbird feeding activity has increased both in...
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In Between Catches

September 04, 2023 - This cormorant had just landed on the lake and began swimming and circling in its search for a meal. Within a few minute...
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Amazing Migration

September 01, 2023 - Monarch butterflies are the only ones to complete a two way migration as do some birds. While Monarchs normally fly at a...
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Butterfly Bush

August 30, 2023 - From this perspective you can get a sense of how large the wingspan of this male eastern tiger swallowtail is. The femal...
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Profiled Swallowtail

August 28, 2023 - The eastern tiger swallowtail is very common throughout the eastern US. It is large with a wingspan of 3-6 inches and br...
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Papilio Glaucus

August 25, 2023 - The swallowtail butterfly are the second most easily recognized butterfly in the US. It is only second to that regal mon...
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The Monarch

August 23, 2023 - Several weeks ago the milkweed began to bloom in the wetland area behind our home. Shortly afterwards, first one monarch...
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Deception

August 21, 2023 - I called this capture "deception"because at a distance you think you may be looking at a small hummingbird or a large be...
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Hemaris Thysbe

August 20, 2023 - I was relaxing and watching the hummingbirds and the bees extract nectar from the bee balm and butterfly bush plants on...
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The Getaway

August 18, 2023 - For the second time this week, the doe and her two fawns showed up in the wetland behind our home. This time as they app...
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The Great Pollinator

August 16, 2023 - Honey bees are very important pollinators for flowers and fruit and vegetables making them "Super Pollinators". They tra...
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Purple Finch (Carpodacus purpureus)

August 14, 2023 - A year round Michigan resident. Even though its name implies that it is purple in coloring actuality it is reddish. The...
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Full View

August 11, 2023 - Finally managed to capture a monarch butterfly coming directly toward me leaving the butterfly bush on our deck. This wa...
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Newborn

August 09, 2023 - For the second time since returning back here in mid-April, the deer herd has expanded. Just within the past few days, a...
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Catching the Light

August 07, 2023 - While I am not a big fan of photographing birds on feeders, I couldn't resist sharing this capture as the light was just...
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Busy Bee

August 04, 2023 - Worker bees cannot carry very much pollen from that many flowers at any one time. As a result, a worker bee will visit b...
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All Natural

August 02, 2023 - I took a chance last winter and left a planter on the deck with the remnants of a bee balm plant hoping it would come ba...
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The Host

July 31, 2023 - When we smell and taste we are actually sensing chemicals in our environment. To accomplish this task, we have chemorece...
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Monarch or Viceroy (?)

July 28, 2023 - A few facts about the monarch butterfly like the female shown in this photo. The main difference between the female & m...
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Our Friend

July 26, 2023 - While many insects are bothersome, and some even disgust us because they bite us, the blue dasher dragonfly always is we...
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The Great Debate

July 24, 2023 - When the finch flock shows up to feed and there are 5 or 6 attempting to feed at the same time, the branches above the f...
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Refueling Stop

July 21, 2023 - With it's back toward the finches and orioles debating over the grape jelly, this hummingbird kept coming and going undi...
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Not Here

July 19, 2023 - Recently, the finches have discovered the grape jelly enjoyed by the Baltimore orioles every day. When it began, only 1...
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Dining Together.

July 14, 2023 - Just before the thunderstorms began, the orioles worked hard to empty the feeder of all the grape jelly that was put out...
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Bathing Beauty

July 10, 2023 - This female muted swan is about to begin her morning bathing ritual in earnest. Always graceful.
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Looking for Lunch

July 07, 2023 - Recently, a pair of great blue herons have taken up residence nearby and visit the lake behind our home on a daily basis...
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Fast Approach

July 05, 2023 - This ruby throated hummingbird suddenly appeared as it came up from below the deck railing. Without hesitation it procee...
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Cautious Approach

July 03, 2023 - Before heading down to feed, this ruby throated hummingbird took the cautious approach and surveyed the area around the...
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Staredown

June 23, 2023 - Normally, swans mate early spring and only mate once per year. This year, the muted swan couple (Pen and Cob) had lost a...
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Tranquility

June 21, 2023 - Sitting on the deck with my 2nd espresso watching the sun come up on a clear, cool morning. It is very quiet and peacefu...
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True Color

June 20, 2023 - The male of this species has darker colors and deeper orange than its female counterpart making them easily distinguisha...
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Hot Foot

June 19, 2023 - This finch had just finished feeding on grape jelly in the oriole feeder and had landed on the deck railing. It almost i...
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Splashing Around

June 16, 2023 - After mating for the second time this season and separating, they bathing ritual began in earnest. Here is the female mu...
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Rest Stop

June 14, 2023 - Once in a great while I am fortunate enough to be ready when one of the ruby throated hummingbirds takes a very brief re...
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Pedicure Time?

June 09, 2023 - After having her fill of grape jelly and cleaning her beak on the branch, this female Baltimore oriole appeared to be ch...
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Family Time

June 07, 2023 - Last fall the resident female swan, the Pen, disappeared from view on our lake. Shortly afterwards the male, the Cob, al...
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On the Hunt

May 31, 2023 - While the cormorants were diving below the surface for their meal, this osprey was circling overhead looking for its pre...
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The Chase

May 29, 2023 - This male muted swan (the Cob) was angrily chasing the Canadian Goose from its mate and the 5 cygnets swimming with "Mom...
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The Prize

May 26, 2023 - Cormorants are expert divers. They can dive as deep as 150 feet. They speed along underwater via their webbed feet, usin...
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Safety First

May 24, 2023 - Sitting high above the feeder holding the grape jelly, this young female Baltimore oriole was checking out the area to e...
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"Woody"

February 06, 2023 - Pileated woodpeckers can be found throughout mainland Florida, Anyone who has seen a "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon will rec...
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Colorful

January 27, 2023 - The wood duck is Florida's most colorful duck. It migrates down from the northern US and Canada. It is a "dabbling duck...
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8 Pointer

January 25, 2023 - Fortunate enough to live in southeast Michigan where the deer and other wildlife come to roam and play. This buck is the...
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A Standout

January 25, 2023 - This is just the beginning of this year's color show put on by "Mother Nature". You really need to take time to enjoy th...
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Dreamy

November 17, 2022 - Out driving around the area looking for bursts of fall colors when I found this narrow stream of water cascading over so...
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High Noon

November 16, 2022 - The various stages of nature all in one capture - - from green growth to the end stage. It's all here to see; you just n...
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Setting Sun

November 11, 2022 - After exploring the local area for fall colors, I returned home to one of the best scenes of the day on the other side o...
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Inner Peace

November 09, 2022 - A closer look at my "go to" spot when I need to decompress and forget about everything going on around me.
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Serenity

November 07, 2022 - My favorite place and my favorite time of year to reconnect with nature and let the world pass me by.
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Transformation

November 04, 2022 - One of the key things this Japanese Red Bridge, named "Guzei" represents is transformation. Very appropriate in this cas...
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Touch of Color

November 01, 2022 - Another one of the many small lakes in our neighborhood showing a touch of color in early autumn. Definitely will return...
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Early Color

October 28, 2022 - A pretty sight from across the lake. It may be beautiful to look at, but it is not something you want to touch or bring...
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Frosty Morn

October 26, 2022 - Late morning with the sun up, the air still is chilly and the mist rises off the lake. It's early fall, the leaves are b...
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Breaking Light

October 24, 2022 - Shortly after sunrise with frost on the rooftops signals the real start of fall, color change and windy days.
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Mid-day Reflections

October 21, 2022 - When the sun shines, the air is crisp but not cold, the leaves are rapidly showing off their colors before the trees tak...
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From A Distance

October 03, 2022 - Late afternoon while sitting on the deck photographing hummingbirds, I saw a small, almost speck, high in the sky beyond...
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Who's Watching

September 30, 2022 - In the kitchen one afternoon when this red tailed hawk landed on the neighbors tree. I'm guessing it was a scouting perc...
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Awaiting Its Mate

September 28, 2022 - This female red-bellied woodpecker stayed in place waiting for its mate to return with more sunflower seeds from the fee...
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Up Close

September 26, 2022 - The sunflower symbolizes positivity. Although I only have seen yellow sunflowers, they come in a wide array of colors. R...
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Fueling

September 23, 2022 - Another sip of the bee balm nectar which has been the apparent favorite for multiple hummingbirds during the past week....
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Migration Preparation

September 21, 2022 - This past week we saw 2 ruby throated hummingbirds zipping back and forth among the feeders, the fuchsia plants and the...
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Going Fishing

September 19, 2022 - This male Belted Kingfisher has taken to perching in a dead tree outside my office window late afternoon while looking f...
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PeWee

September 16, 2022 - This Eastern woo-pewee Flycatcher is a newcomer to our yard. During the autumn they migrate to Central and South America...
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Itching

September 14, 2022 - This hummingbird stopped to perch on a branch to take time to scratch an itch. I had seen tiny bug nearby that must hav...
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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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Speed & Stamina

September 09, 2022 - Even though they are small, the hummingbird migration is long distance, spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles. T...
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Hokey Pokey

September 06, 2022 - Not really a hummingbird dance, but it was interesting to watch the preening process and be able to capture the finite d...
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W Shape

September 02, 2022 - The hummingbird's tongue is shaped like a "W". It's flat, but splits at the very end. The hummingbird also has a long b...
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Preening

August 29, 2022 - Hummingbirds are unique in many aspects. They are the only birds that can fly in different directions as well as hover i...
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Collecting Nectar

August 26, 2022 - The hummingbird's metabolism is very fast. Not that elephants can fly, but the hummingbird's metabolism is 100 times fas...
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Small & Speedy

August 24, 2022 - Hummingbirds were scarce for several weeks this summer, but during the past 2 weeks, they have appeared more frequently.
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Quick Landing

August 22, 2022 - As these dragonflies are fast and agile fliers, it is challenging to capture them. Once again, studying their habits an...
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Where's Noah

August 18, 2022 - Yesterday mid-afternoon the clouds rolled in, the thunder gave a quick warning and the storm was quickly upon us with al...
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Mosquito Hunter

August 15, 2022 - In the blue dasher dragonfly, the dorsal part of the abdomen is a bluish color with a yellow-striped thorax. The head of...
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Halloween

August 12, 2022 - This Halloween Pennant Dragonfly is one of the most commonly seen dragonflies. They are very skilled fliers with amazin...
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Blue Pirate

August 03, 2022 - The Blue Dasher has a distinctive coloring that sets it apart from other dragonflies. The eyes clearly distinguish the m...
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Sharing

August 01, 2022 - I watched this male red-bellied woodpecker execute many round trips o the bird feeder to gather sunflower seeds so it co...
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Male & Female

July 29, 2022 - At first glance, the male red-bellied woodpecker is often mistaken to be a red headed woodpecker because of its red crow...
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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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Gaping

July 15, 2022 - Baltimore orioles will feast on fruit and berries like oranges, grapes, and raspberries, much to the chagrin of farmers.
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Up, Up and Away

July 13, 2022 - When in adulthood Baltimore orioles on average achieve a length of about 8 inches - - smaller than a robin by about 2 in...
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Sweet Tooth

July 12, 2022 - The Baltimore oriole's favorite food is insects. They also have a sweet tooth so if you want to attract them in your bac...
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Leap of Faith

July 11, 2022 - Adult male Baltimore orioles show brighter colors than their female counterparts. The juvenile males grow their full plu...
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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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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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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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All Aglow

May 13, 2022 - This male mallard took advantage of some brief sunshine to capture the light and show off his beautiful colors.
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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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Breeding Season

May 05, 2022 - In terms of weather, April has been more like March with gray skies, snowy days, lots of wind and freezing temps at nigh...
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Splish Splash

May 04, 2022 - One day recently a flock of Ring-necked ducks suddenly appeared at the far end of our lake. They all were in breeding pl...
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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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Nest Building

April 28, 2022 - Muskrats are semi-aquatic mammals. They look a lot like beavers as they have furry bodies and partially webs hind feet....
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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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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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