The Couple

December 31, 2016 - The couple is back together again, but still the only ones on the lake. It's turned cold so maybe these two are the last...
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The Drifters

December 30, 2016 - Mother and child out for another swimming lesson.
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Nap Tme

December 30, 2016 - Otters are members of the weasel family but are aquatic or semi aquatic carnivores.
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Winter Thaw

December 29, 2016 - After a rough two weeks of snow and cold weather, we set a record 57 degrees. This is about all that's left as a reminde...
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Five Second Rule

December 29, 2016 - Apparently the five second rule applies in the animal kingdom too. In this case it seemed to apply repeatedly.
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Sign Language

December 28, 2016 - As I watched these two orangutans, they seemed to be communicating with their hands. I couldn't help thinking they may h...
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Beautiful Beginnings

December 28, 2016 - I heard there only were two seasons in Michigan -- winter and road repair. I think I've discovered there's another in be...
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"Roo"

December 27, 2016 - Kangaroos seem to be similar to "mobs of people" in many regards. Kangaroos are social and live in groups called a mob,...
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This Little "Piggy"

December 27, 2016 - Nothing like a nice sunny day to kick back in the grass and play with your toes.
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The Rookery

December 26, 2016 - Found this "waddle" of penguins at the new penguin house at the Detroit Zoo.
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Self Reflection

December 26, 2016 - This adult swan decided to separate briefly from the family. Looked like it wanted to check itself out before returning...
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Mallards

December 25, 2016 - Even though it has gotten much colder, not all of the ducks have left with the other "snowbirds".
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King of the Hill

December 24, 2016 - Definitely was no room for two blue jays at one feeding hole. Sharing was not in the mix.
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Solo

December 23, 2016 - Normally these Merganser Ducks are in a tightly knit flock searching for food. This one seems to be a holdout on heading...
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Playtime

December 23, 2016 - The herd came to drink and to play on the other side of the lake this morning. Even though hunting season is open, ther...
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No Room at the Feeder

December 22, 2016 - Guess I'm going to have to break down and provide more feeding stations or this could turn into a combat zone.
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Here's Looking at You

December 22, 2016 - There I was, camera to the glass when this baboon came over to see what was so interesting.
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Alternating Colors

December 21, 2016 - Took a short trip to explore a new area. Our trip was cut short when I took a side trip on a root hidden under the leave...
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Mallard

December 21, 2016 - When the mallards, other duck species and geese start showing up on our lake, you know they're on their way south. Must...
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Patiently Waiting

December 20, 2016 - My pal Hooch waiting for my feet to hit the sand so he can lead the way on today's beach adventure.
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Blazing

December 20, 2016 - Mid October maple show.
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In the Beginning

December 19, 2016 - Mid October and the leaves are just beginning to put on their annual show.
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Taking Off

December 19, 2016 - Once finished eating the blue jays typically go perch in a nearby tree and then return full speed and loudly calling out...
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Still Not Talking

December 18, 2016 - Could be that this morning dove is looking for some company.
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Heading Out

December 17, 2016 - Fully fed and flying out -- at least for the next five minutes. Seems like these finches are on a feeding merry-go-round...
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Back At It

December 16, 2016 - Thesis one more bird that is part of the seemingly never ending daily finch festival at the feeders.
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Flying "Piglets"

December 16, 2016 - There has to be a spotter somewhere. The feeder gets filled and within minutes the area is full of finches. The feed dis...
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Solitude

December 15, 2016 - It's very unusual to see one adult swan cruising the lake by itself. Normally, the family of four is a tightly knot grou...
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Target Sighted

December 14, 2016 - This Coopers Hawk showed up and apparently decided with the multiple feeders attracting small birds, this site could bec...
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Snow Ballet

December 14, 2016 - I called it a "ballet", but as it turned out these two finches were "positioning" for power. It turned out to be a prelu...
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New Beginning

December 13, 2016 - This is what I saw first thing in the morning. There's more coming and officially it isn't even winter yet. What's up wi...
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Glowing

December 13, 2016 - You have to get up before the birds to catch this shot.
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Snow Capped

December 12, 2016 - From hydrangea flowers to snow sculptures in a few short weeks. Not even winter and we got 9 inches on the ground alread...
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Brrrrr!

December 12, 2016 - It even looks cold, but I think I'll stay in and enjoy the scenery unless the pull of the camera draws me out.
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Winging It

December 11, 2016 - Driving around looking for signs of early color.
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The Hoodie

December 10, 2016 - Don't see many of these, but this male hooded merganser duck was one of several that briefly showed up before heading of...
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Drifting Along

December 09, 2016 - The geese have arrived and make sure they announce themselves every morning. It's about the only thing that breaks the s...
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Happy Face

December 09, 2016 - Another satisfied customer leaving the feeder -- at least for a few minutes.
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Poetry in Motion

December 08, 2016 - Most of the time, there is nothing more graceful than a swan taking off and flying over the lake.
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Chilly Start

December 08, 2016 - I'm guessing we'll be getting ice around the edges before too long.
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Lakeside

December 07, 2016 - Just sitting on the deck "reflecting" on the day!
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Standoff

December 07, 2016 - These two blue jays were not exactly in a "sharing" mood.
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I Can't Watch

December 06, 2016 - The adults were teaching the adolescents how to take off and land. Apparently, this one adolescent couldn't handle it....
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About to Launch

December 06, 2016 - This osprey was searching for movement in the water as it was nearing breakfast-time. It wasn't long after that it retur...
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In Transition

December 05, 2016 - About a week before the colors came on strong. It was like a preview before the show.
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Cock of the Walk

December 05, 2016 - This peacock was out for a stroll looking for handouts from the visitors. It's called easy photography.
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Over and Done

December 04, 2016 - The hosts are done for this year. These were the lucky ones that didn't end up as deer food.
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View from Home

December 03, 2016 - The view from our kitchen windows. Sometimes I wonder why I travel the area looking for fall colors.
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Canopy

December 02, 2016 - Decided to take a break and this is what I saw when I finally started looking at my surroundings. You just never know wh...
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Acrobatics

December 02, 2016 - Looks like the finch was enjoying watching the fight between these two blue jays. Sort of like the entertainment before...
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Ready for Action

December 01, 2016 - This rattler blended in very nicely with its surroundings. Fortunately, there was glass between us.
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Golden Glow

December 01, 2016 - The trees that changed early are now at their peak; the others have a ways to go.
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