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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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