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Burnt Orange

December 14, 2017 - I have visited this spot many times this season waiting for the color change. For me the wait was worth it.
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Looking Down

December 13, 2017 - Some days the lake is so calm it is as clear as a mirror. The photo is not upside down.
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The Look

December 12, 2017 - I got th message. "That's close enough"!
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On Fire

December 10, 2017 - Finally found an area totally lit up in reds, oranges and yellows. Better yet it was highlighted by the sun. Now this is...
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Mannie & Nell

December 08, 2017 - This young lady is definitely one of Mannie's all time favorites from the dog park. Whenever Nell arrives after Mannie,...
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Hanging On

December 07, 2017 - Bigger than a Bobcat. Just look at those feet.
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Golden Glow

December 07, 2017 - When the sunlight is just right, you better be there.
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Fanning Out

December 06, 2017 - A slightly different perspective from my usual photographic moments.
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A Standout

December 05, 2017 - This is what I see in the am with my first espresso. Great way to start the day.
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The Maze

December 02, 2017 - Sometimes there's almost no color, but nature always has something to offer if you look long enough and actually see wha...
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Gulls

December 01, 2017 - Appears as though we had an adult ring-billed gull being observed by a first cycle (in front) and a second cycle set of...
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Outward Bound

December 01, 2017 - Decided to stop briefly and take a break on the bench before heading home. Next visit will be in the spring.
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One Last Look

November 30, 2017 - Heading out for the day, just had to stop and capture the window framed in color while reflecting the trees behind me. A...
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All Around Us

November 29, 2017 - Now we're really starting to se the color change, and fortunately, the weather has cooperated too.
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"Guzei"

November 28, 2017 - A red bridge, or Guzei, on a Japanese Garden is symbolic. It represents the path to salvation, "The bridge, particularl...
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Come & Get It

November 28, 2017 - This buck, our number 2 guy from the perspective of size, seems to be returning at least once daily.
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Country Road

November 27, 2017 - A little bit of this color and a little bit of that color, and pretty soon you have peak color.
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The Referee

November 26, 2017 - When Mannie sees that play is getting to be a bit rough, he likes to get in the middle and referee. If ignored by his bi...
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Not Ashamed

November 24, 2017 - Mannie did nothing wrong. He's not hanging his head in shame. He's just trying to avoid the camera which always seems to...
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Morning Glory

November 24, 2017 - Could be a great day in the making. For now, it's time to enjoy the sunrise while sipping an espresso.
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Best Friends

November 23, 2017 - It doesn't' get much better than this.
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On the Way

November 21, 2017 - On my way to the dog park with Mannie, we found this scene and couldn't resist stopping to try and capture the color cha...
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Still Waters

November 20, 2017 - Still making the rounds checking some new sites. I think we still are about a week away from peak color.
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Touch of Red

November 19, 2017 - There's always a standout that catches my eye.
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My Favorite

November 18, 2017 - Mannie brought this toy with him the day he came home with us. Of all the toys he has, this Xmas cow from Chick Fil A se...
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Off Road

November 17, 2017 - Right across the road from Mannie's dog park. Mannie is getting to be my color guide in addition to all the other benefi...
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Pure Maple

November 16, 2017 - Just keep looking in every direction. You never know what you'll see.
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Maple Magic

November 16, 2017 - You can almost watch the leaves changing color in front of your eyes. That's one aspect of fall weather that is magical.
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"Quietude"

November 15, 2017 - Just happened upon this pond while wandering around Cranbrook Gardens. It was a great spot to pause and "reflect".
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Almost There

November 15, 2017 - Now we're starting to see the color change!!!
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In the Garden

November 14, 2017 - I was fortunate enough to get out to photograph the colors before the next two cold fronts as the wind and rain stripped...
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Thinking

November 13, 2017 - Wastes are known for their high level of intelligence and independent thinking when routing out creatures. Mannie appear...
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My Turf

November 13, 2017 - Apparently, thee is something on our property that is a big attraction for bucks this year. This guy is here multiple ti...
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Silhouette

November 12, 2017 - In Cranbrook Gardens,there always is something of beauty to see in every direction. Can't wait for spring to see what's...
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Ready to Party

November 11, 2017 - Fluffed and buffed in preparation for my birthday party. I'm 8 years old today and I can hardly wait to see what my new...
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Togetherness

November 11, 2017 - Just as I was about to capture this mallard couple perched on the edge of the lake, Manner came bounding around the corn...
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Bonding

November 10, 2017 - This is Mannie right after his latest grooming with "Mom", just before she heads off to the hairdresser.
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Transition

November 10, 2017 - The presence of the "Torii" typically marks the entrance of a Japanese Shinto shrine. It is the easiest way to identify...
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Slow Approach

November 08, 2017 - This fairly good size buck is one of four that now is frequenting our site. In terms of the pecking order, I'd say this...
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Ring-Billed Gull

November 07, 2017 - These gulls have been staying around here longer in the season as they have found easy pickings in the parking lots and...
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Lakefront

November 07, 2017 - I never tire of the fall colors, especially when I can capture their reflections in the water.
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Returning to Cranbrook House

November 06, 2017 - Cranbrook Gardens offer so much to photograph irrespective of the season. It's now on my places to return each season....
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Mallard

November 05, 2017 - These ducks are a very familiar sight in the ponds and lakes around southeast Michigan. They always seem to return to th...
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Spooky

November 04, 2017 - This would have been a great moonscape for Halloween night. The moon was full, but also fully hidden behind the clouds....
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In the Garden

November 04, 2017 - The fountain may be shut down for the season, but the beauty still exists.
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Glowing

November 03, 2017 - Some days, being the "early bird" has lots of benefits.
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Down Below

November 02, 2017 - Even though the fountain has been turned off for the season, the setting is ideal for family photos. Have to figure out...
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Staking a Claim

November 01, 2017 - Our number 3 buck is back and is spending more time marking the area.
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Lakeside

November 01, 2017 - Once in a while if you look long enough, you are fortunate enough to come upon a special scene. These are the kinds of s...
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Glowing

October 31, 2017 - When the sun hits the trees just right, they light up in spectacular ways. You just have to be there at the right time....
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Touch of the Orient

October 30, 2017 - Fortunately, I didn't have to travel too far to capture this corner of a Japanese garden. Brings back a lot of memories...
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On the Trail

October 30, 2017 - It was a beautiful sunny day with temperature hovering around 50 degrees. Perfect day for exploring the area for colors,...
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"Leafscape"

October 29, 2017 - I'd say we are at peak in some small pockets around home.
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Symmetry

October 28, 2017 - It's late October and the canoe rental is closed for the season. Just another clue of what is coming our way.
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Beautiful Surroundings

October 27, 2017 - Capturing our resident swans in the momentwas like putting frosting on the cake.
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Almost at Peak

October 27, 2017 - Probably a week before the colors peak in southeast Michigan, but there are areas worthy of stopping and taking it all i...
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Pop Up

October 26, 2017 - Just before the wetland was trimmed (legally) the wildlife almost was totally hidden. This buck seemed to pop up from no...
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Serenity

October 25, 2017 - Walking with Mannie on the trails behind our development has led to some great scenery. Now he's become my photography "...
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Front and Back

October 24, 2017 - Unfortunately, I couldn't join my friend Jeff Wendorff on Vermont for the fall color shoot. Among his posts from that tr...
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All Aglow

October 24, 2017 - Right place; right time once again. Not only did e capture some fall color, even the canoes were all aglow
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Cranbrook Gardens

October 23, 2017 - Managed to get to the gardens before the next front comes through with the rain, the wind and the falling temperatures,...
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Life Cycle

October 23, 2017 - Just like us. We start off "green", get more colorful through our life's experiences and then we from the golden years t...
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Mid Way

October 22, 2017 - Probably 2 more weeks before the color peaks, but the show has begun.
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"Cloudscape"

October 21, 2017 - Sometimes, you just happen to look up and see a figure, an animal, a bird of something else in the clouds. What do you s...
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Breaking Through

October 20, 2017 - Sometimes, cloudy skies are a plus.
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Mannie the Energizer

October 19, 2017 - When the big dogs need a break, Mannie tries to keep them moving. He'll be 8 years old on Veterans Day, but has the ener...
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Soak Time

October 18, 2017 - Nothing like a quick break and a cool down on a warm day in June.
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In the Beginning

October 17, 2017 - Just a bit of color here and there, but enough to wet the appetite to look for more.
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Lakeview

October 17, 2017 - Talk about a view from home. Out on the deck with Mannie and an espresso, and of course, a camera at the ready. If Arlen...
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Wetland Walk

October 16, 2017 - A walk in the woods without getting my feet wet is a rare event.
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In the Pink

October 15, 2017 - Another beautiful beginning to the day, captured from the deck.
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Let's Play

October 14, 2017 - A gift from friends. This one makes a lot of noise so I really like it.
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Touch of Red

October 13, 2017 - Unfortunately a lot of the leaves already are down, and a lot of the foliage still is green due to recent warm weather....
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Beauty in the Swampland

October 12, 2017 - No matter where you go, if you take the time to see what's around you, you always can find some beauty.
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Cautious

October 11, 2017 - You know it's time to trim the wetland, when you walk out and almost miss this big buck, actually a stag, until Mannie p...
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Hidden Path

October 11, 2017 - Still out and about looking for more signs that the color peak is on the horizon.
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Sneak Peak

October 10, 2017 - There hasn't been much of a color show yet. The good news is that is forces me to try and be more creative. Any day with...
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Out in the Open

October 09, 2017 - This little guy is fast and multidirectional. Lucky capture coming out of the log.
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Briskness in the Air

October 08, 2017 - Who needs an outdoor thermometer when you can see the fog coming off the lake so you already know it's not T-shirt weath...
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Sneak Peek

October 07, 2017 - The wetland growth has taken over to the point where it's hard to see the wildlife or just about anything else. Mannie a...
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Coming Along

October 06, 2017 - Walking along the nature trail near our home, I have managed to find a little bit of color. So far, the color change has...
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Staking a Claim

October 06, 2017 - My read through the eye of the tiger was, "This is my turf and do not come any closer unless you really enjoy pain!" Tha...
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Pink Glow

October 05, 2017 - Out in the woods as the sun comes up -- just calm air, a light fog, the sun coming up, and dead silence. What a wonderfu...
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In the Mix

October 04, 2017 - At the dog park mixing it up with the big dogs. This is a bit of Mannie's heaven.
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That Look

October 04, 2017 - There it is again. That look you get when you just might be the target in this cat's mind.
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Beauty and the Bugs

October 03, 2017 - Haven't located any significant color in the landscape so I'm looking for the things of interest on my morning walks....
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You Got Me

October 03, 2017 - Captured this moment while the baby raccoon was midway down the log. My best guess is it was thinking about which way to...
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Bonding

October 02, 2017 - You can see it in Mom's eyes. This pup is mine, and I will protect it no matte what it takes, so you may want to conside...
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A Walk in the Grass

October 01, 2017 - Springtime in Michigan brings on more than an early bloom of flowers. Seems like all the waterfowl babies are on the pro...
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Patiently Waiting

September 30, 2017 - Arriving at the Dog Park, Mannie encounters one of his pals. Five seconds later, the pack was into the running game. The...
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Good Fun

September 30, 2017 - That was a good run. Now let's take a break and get a drink like the people do after they work.
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Hiding Out

September 29, 2017 - Couldn't tell if the bear was playing "hide and seek" or trying to push over the tree, but it didn't matter. I was happy...
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Cool and Brisk

September 28, 2017 - You can tell fall is here. The mornings are in the high 40's/low 50's and the air is crisp. The good news is the fall co...
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Where's Mom?

September 27, 2017 - Looking into this pup's eyes, I read a little separation anxiety. Perhaps it was more curiosity about the camera or me....
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Chewy Toy

September 26, 2017 - You can se by the marks in the tree this grizzly loves a good chew.
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To the Woods

September 25, 2017 - No color in this area, but managed to find this old bridge leading to????
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Mystery Mushroom

September 25, 2017 - No clue as to what kind of mushroom this is, but sure not adding it to the dinner menu.
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Start of Fall

September 24, 2017 - A bit early this year due to lack of rain, shorter days and cooler nights. Could be a formula for great colors.
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From a Distance

September 23, 2017 - Recent heavy rains turned the walking paths into a slippery, muddy mess. I do enough of these kinds of walks with Mannie...
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Color Teaser

September 22, 2017 - Another excursion to check out possible locations for far colors. This was only about a one mile walk from home and it w...
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Coming Down

September 21, 2017 - This mountain lion decided to come down the hill fully stretched out. Couldn't tell if this was a show of size or the no...
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End of Playtime

September 20, 2017 - A great way to end another indoor play session.
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The Leap

September 20, 2017 - This is one dynamic ball of energy leaping, jumping, climbing and whatever else it decided to do at the moment.
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Beauty in Weeds

September 19, 2017 - A common weed still can be beautiful Sneezing could contribute to camera shake.
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Bite Me

September 19, 2017 - Looks like a new way to sharpen your teeth.
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Misty Morn

September 18, 2017 - Another early morning walk on a misty and damp morning. Must be too early for the wildlife as the silence was deafening.
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Early Signs

September 17, 2017 - Here it is mid- September in Southeast Michigan and the color change is starting to ramp up. Could this be indicative of...
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Closer and Closer

September 17, 2017 - As the mountain lion gracefully and slowly comes down the hill, you need to remember that it is far more agile and one h...
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Double Down

September 16, 2017 - After an early morning walk on the trail scouting the area for the start of the color change, I decided to check out our...
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Inshore Fishing

September 16, 2017 - When the baitfish run near th shoreline, the pelicans flock in from every direction.
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You Need Something?

September 15, 2017 - From the look in its eyes, I don't think this grizzly appreciated being closely watched while it was taking a drink.
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So It Begins

September 14, 2017 - About 2 weeks earlier than normal, but it cold be quite a show this year.
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Peaceful

September 14, 2017 - Meandering around scouting possible fall foliage locations.
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Got You Covered

September 13, 2017 - Our first alert system never lets us down. Neither vehicle, nor person, nor animal shall trespass and get by Mannie.
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Slapshot

September 12, 2017 - Couldn't identify the object being targeted, but sure glad I wasn't in goal to try and stop whatever it was.
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Over the Top

September 11, 2017 - Morning calm looking out over the mountains in North Carolina with Mannie, good friends, an espresso and my camera, of c...
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Who's Hiding

September 09, 2017 - This round thing makes lots of funny noises. Sounds a lot like "Alvin the Chipmunk", but it never comes out to play.
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I'm the Alpha

September 08, 2017 - Fun to watch these cygnets grow and transform into the white swans they hope to be.
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Reflecting on the Day

September 07, 2017 - You guessed it! It really was early morning.
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Soft Landing

September 06, 2017 - This bobcat almost achieved perpetual motion as it leaped from rock to rock.
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Closer & Closer

September 06, 2017 - This big doe came right down the pathway I made between the patio and the wetland. Seems like all the wildlife like to c...
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Restoration

September 05, 2017 - This is what can be achieved with foresight, focus and dedicated effort. Oh yes, it also helps to have some money in the...
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Poised for Takeoff

September 04, 2017 - More proof that you always should have the camera ready. I was on my way to the store when I happened to spot this scene...
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Waiting for Love

September 03, 2017 - One of many old homes in downtown Detroit waiting for some tender loving care and an investor. Lots of possibilities her...
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Alumni

September 01, 2017 - Now we are totally bonded.
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Let's Play

September 01, 2017 - Mannie always is ready for a good time. He loves people, other dogs, play time, riding in the car and just about everyth...
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Testing the Water

August 31, 2017 - Seemed to be this raccoon kits first time in the water. There were two siblings. This one was much more adventuresome (b...
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Getting Down

August 30, 2017 - This mountain lion had been perched in a tree and when it decided to get down, it did so very quickly and with a lot of...
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Guard Duty

August 29, 2017 - Mannie making sure no one and no wildlife sneak up on us. With Mannie on duty, there is no need for an alarm system.
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Shake It

August 29, 2017 - My dog Mannie does exactly the same thing after getting wet. The basic difference is size -- about 675 pounds of animal...
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Common Loon

August 28, 2017 - "Unlike other North American waterfowl, loons have solid bones, making them less buoyant. Because of this they are extre...
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In the Clouds

August 27, 2017 - Clouds were a lot thicker and more widespread today which gave the mountains a whole new look. The clouds kept growing a...
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What's on Your Mind!

August 26, 2017 - Alright, go ahead and take another photo if that's what makes you happy.
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Family Time

August 25, 2017 - Earlier this spring just after the hatch when Mom was teaching the babies where to feed. Ehe sweet spot seems to be near...
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Open Wide

August 24, 2017 - Okay I have this figured out. Now it's time to show it who's boss around here.
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Easy Does It

August 24, 2017 - Testing the water. It could be easy, just like falling off a log.
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How Much Wood

August 23, 2017 - Seems like our patio has become a popular spot for all the wildlife. Never know who's going to show up.
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Strolling Along

August 22, 2017 - Great opportunity to capture a grizzly head. Fortunately, it was just slowly walking along. I made sure I was with someo...
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Are You Coming?

August 20, 2017 - This is the look when it's time to play, so you better stop whatever you're doing and join in. How can you say no to tho...
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Up and Down

August 19, 2017 - Continuing the search for possible fall foliage shots. I'm always a sucker for reflections in the water,
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Protecting the Young

August 18, 2017 - Mom and Dad are ever present, but there are lots of risks here for the cygnets on both land and water.
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Glacier National Park

August 17, 2017 - The landscape in Glacier National Park gets better with each turn in the road. It's something to behold and you should m...
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Still Growing

August 16, 2017 - We had a wet beginning this season and the wetland behind our home looks more like a rain forest. A lot of the growth is...
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New Home

August 15, 2017 - This was the day Mannie arrived home with us. Things haven't been the same since and it's all good.
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Into the Air

August 15, 2017 - Not only can this cat run fast, it also is very agile and adept at leaping off of trees, rocks or whatever. It's kind of...
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My Good Side

August 14, 2017 - I don't think this Amur Tiger has a bad side, but I wasn't about to ask it to turn around so we could find out.
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Look Into My Eyes

August 13, 2017 - Whenever I am behind the camera, I try and make the connection with the animal spirit through it eyes. Sometimes I get l...
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New Visitors

August 12, 2017 - Not only is the deer herd growing, but they are so comfortable here, now they want to join us at home.
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Hang On

August 11, 2017 - You almost can feel the trepidation about being out on a log with no protection from Mom.
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Play Ball !

August 10, 2017 - There always are lots of choices. I wonder if Dad ever will et me on the pool table to play ball with him up there????...
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Summertime Games

August 08, 2017 - Looks like something from a water polo game, but then again, you know it's more serious than that.
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Coming Out

August 07, 2017 - This is one very large and very good looking grizzly. Look at the size of its claws and you'll get some idea of size. Ma...
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Sunset on the Mountain

August 06, 2017 - Looking westward from the balcony of our friends' home. We were at an altitude of about 3500 feet, the highest peak is M...
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Bugging Mom

August 05, 2017 - This coyote pup just did not want to leave Mom alone. Couldn't figure out if it was needy or assertive.
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Afternoon Break

August 04, 2017 - A little R & R (rest and recuperation) after a morning outing at the dog park running with the big dogs.
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The Eyes Have It

August 04, 2017 - Makes my day whenever I connect with wildlife through their eyes.
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Standing Tall

August 03, 2017 - When this grizzly stood up and growled, you almost could feel the earth move.
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Breaststroke

August 02, 2017 - This was not the result of a belly flop. For a large cat this tiger was fast and it was agile.
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The Day We Met

August 01, 2017 - Our first meeting with Mannie began with a bonding and smiles, both of which have continued to grow. It definitely was a...
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The Look

August 01, 2017 - Can you only imagine how a small animal feels when the coyote locks its eyes on you.
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Cuteness

July 31, 2017 - Who ever thought a member of the weasel family could be so cute.
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Real Pals

July 30, 2017 - That was a great play session. See you in a few days my pal.
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Tiger Portrait

July 29, 2017 - Everybody loves to play in the water. Some are faster, better and more graceful swimmers than others.
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Playtime

July 28, 2017 - When you're this big and have teeth to match, tossing a log with your mouth looks easy.
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Chillin'

July 27, 2017 - Everybody needs a break when the weather warms up.
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Smells Good to Me

July 26, 2017 - Got to figure this one out. Something new just arrived and it makes funny sounds when it moves. It's different, it's bi...
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Glacier National Park

July 25, 2017 - Had a quick break from the wildlife action so I took a short drive into the western entrance of Glacier National Park. I...
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Mirror Image

July 24, 2017 - Not exactly native to Northern Montana. This magnificent, and very rare, Amur Tiger -- all 700 pounds of it -- can be ph...
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Hang On

July 23, 2017 - These two raccoon kits were exploring everything in sight -- the water, the tree limbs, and everything else they could r...
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Cooling Off

July 22, 2017 - Everyone loves to chill out when it warms up, especially when you're wearing a heavy fur coat.
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Fluffed & Buffed

July 21, 2017 - Yup! That's me with my latest look. Just right for summer.
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Back to Basics

July 21, 2017 - Upon my return after a 5 day absence, Mannie gave me a great welcome home and then we both headed out on the deck to do...
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Testing the Water

July 20, 2017 - Apparently these raccoon kits were new to the water and were just getting their "feet wet".
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Takeoff

July 19, 2017 - You're looking at raw power and beauty in motion.
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Purple Rain

July 18, 2017 - Once agin a beautiful sunrise, but th rain is on its way.
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July 4th

July 17, 2017 - Celebrating July 4th in North Carolina by eating too much. And what did you do?????
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Walking Tall

July 17, 2017 - Needless to say, this was one big bear, and when he growled, you could feel it in your bones.
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Mirror, Mirror

July 16, 2017 - Couldn't tell if this back bear was waiting to drink, or just admiring itself, but glad for the opportunity to capture t...
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My Profile

July 15, 2017 - Is this my good side????
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Watchful

July 15, 2017 - I'm not sure whether this blue jay was looking for food or a mate, but there are a lot of active birds around these days...
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"Glowrizon"

July 14, 2017 - You know it's going to be a beautiful day when it starts off like this.
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Foxy

July 13, 2017 - This fox is not being shy. If you look closely you can see the mouse tail hanging out of it's mouth.
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Above the Clouds

July 12, 2017 - Looking down at the top of the cummulostratus clouds. I was sitting at about 3500 feet. The tops of these clouds were ab...
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Hard Landing

July 11, 2017 - Not exactly a "belly flop", but 700 pounds of tiger hitting the water from the bank of a pond.
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Is that Me?

July 10, 2017 - Now you have a very large black bear, about 750 -800 pounds, and its mirror image, for a total of 1500-1600 pounds of be...
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Majestic

July 09, 2017 - This is what a mountain lion looks like against the Montana skyline if you can catch one standing still. Right place and...
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Mountain Overlook

July 08, 2017 - Lower cloud bank helps put the mountains into perspective.
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Daybreak

July 08, 2017 - A different perspective for a change. In the mountains in North Carolina relaxing with our friends the Paganos at their...
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Fiery Sky

July 07, 2017 - Very interesting start to the day. Wonder what's over the horizon!
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Weeping Hosta

July 06, 2017 - After several gray, rainy days, I had to get out and photograph something. So, the plants were rain soaked and so was I...
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Mannie's Pals

July 06, 2017 - Mannie strolling around with some of his "Big Dog" friends at the dog park. They all were taking a break after cavorting...
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Coming At You

July 05, 2017 - When the eyes focus on you, you suddenly realize how this mountain lion's prey must feel just before the lights go out....
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I'll Show You

July 03, 2017 - These coyote brothers, like typical young brothers, were sorting out who is the alpha male. Turned out to be a standoff.
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The Race Is On

July 02, 2017 - Mannie and Sonny hard at play.
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Double Cuteness

July 01, 2017 - These raccoon kits were about as cut as they can get. You almost want to reach out and cuddle them. Fortunately, your se...
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Fly Ball

June 30, 2017 - Watching this Lynx leap, jump, stretch and run around, convinced me it would be a great add to any baseball team. Probab...
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Good Friends

June 29, 2017 - MaGreeting time before Mannie and Sonny get into their playtime
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Targeted

June 28, 2017 - When an adult coyote locks its eyes on you, you very quickly realize size matters and you're happy not to be a smaller a...
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Getting Down

June 28, 2017 - This big cat is just as fast getting up the tree as it is getting down. Think you can outrun it? I on'y think so.
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Majestic

June 27, 2017 - We have coyotes in our neighborhood at home, but none as regal looking as this one.
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Lumbering Along

June 26, 2017 - This is one very large black bear heading for the pond to "chill out",
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Break Time

June 25, 2017 - Yep, that's Mannie with his new Buddies, He loves to play with all dogs, but especially the big ones, so this retired, "...
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Calling the Pack

June 25, 2017 - This is a very haunting sound. Definitely the call of the wild.
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Rise and Shine

June 24, 2017 - This is the look I get most mornings when I tell Mannie it's time to go out. I'm beginning to think I'm dealing with a t...
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Batter Up

June 23, 2017 - After playing with the log in the water, this grizzly decided it was time to toss it aside. Although I wasn't close enou...
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Eyes on You

June 22, 2017 - This is the wolf Mom looking out for the pups. How close do you want to get?
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Playtime

June 21, 2017 - Yes, even big black bears take time out to sit and play. Just a big kid at heart.
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Wolf Pack

June 20, 2017 - It was very difficult not to reach out and pick up these two young wolf pups. Judging from the size of their feet, you w...
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Reaching Out

June 19, 2017 - Don't believe I'd like to shake paws with this lynx.
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Lake McDonald

June 18, 2017 - Behind the Lake McDonald Lodge about 9 miles in from the West entrance to Glacier National Park. This park should be on...
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Lazy "Daze"

June 17, 2017 - Can't you tell. I am not ready to get up.
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Perched

June 16, 2017 - This big cat -- mountain lion, cougar, etc. -- is not only regal, it also can be dangerous. Don't forget, it is a carniv...
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Where's My Coffee

June 16, 2017 - This is one very large grizzly bear who understands just how I feel before my first espresso of the day.
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Brothers

June 15, 2017 - These two wolf pups -- brother and sister are from the same litter even though they have different coats.
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New Beginnings

June 15, 2017 - This is the way to start the day
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Patiently Waiting

June 14, 2017 - After a quick stop at the feeder, this male cardinal appeared to be waiting for the crowd to clear before going back for...
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On the Edge

June 13, 2017 - Sun and clouds always make for interesting sunrise captures.
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Play Break

June 12, 2017 - After more than half an hour of playtime, the boys decide it's time for a break.
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Manolo & Sonny

June 11, 2017 - Good friends hard at play.
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Quick Takeoff

June 10, 2017 - I don't know who was more startled, the finch or the doe, but I tried to capture them both.
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Camouflaged

June 08, 2017 - We've had so much rain this year that our wetland is beginning to approach the likes of a rainforest.
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Fire on the Horizon

June 08, 2017 - If this were Florida in the dry season, I'd assume there was a wildfire nearby. Here, it may just be sunrise in the burb...
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All By Myself

June 07, 2017 - This starling appears daily now and normally feeds with the finches. Today, it chased the finches off. Maybe it needs an...
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Working on My Photos

June 06, 2017 - Sometimes you just have to take control of the situation.
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Dozing Off

June 05, 2017 - The deck beckoned again, but after a 15 minute sunbath, I had to take a break. Life is getting tough around here.
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Over the Edge

June 05, 2017 - It started off very foggy. The sun peeked through as it rose making for an interesting shot.
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Togetherness

June 04, 2017 - This mallard couple does just about everything together. They seem to be a perfect match.
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Gray Day

June 03, 2017 - Hate to say it, but in Michigan there are more sunrises this color than any other.
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Sky Light

June 02, 2017 - Just before the sun peeks over the edge, the scattered cumulus clouds light up the sky.
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Pure Sweetness

June 01, 2017 - Mannie has to be the sweetest guy in town!
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Fishing the Shoreline

June 01, 2017 - This blue heron seems to have found its sweet spot for fishing our lake. He shows up most days now and patiently awaits...
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Awaiting Its Mate

May 31, 2017 - The male perched and carefully watched over its mate while she was feeding on the ground under the feeders. The loyalty...
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Foggy Start

May 30, 2017 - This is what you get when the fog starts to burn off.
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The Good Life

May 29, 2017 - Like I said, now that the weather has gotten better we all get to spend more time on the deck. This is what I call "livi...
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Outlined

May 29, 2017 - No telling what today will bring in terms of weather. Right now we have clouds, fog and possible rain.
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Splish Splash

May 28, 2017 - Seems like morning is bath time for everyone around here.
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The High Ground

May 27, 2017 - Makes you wonder if this goose knows something we don't -- like it's going to rain so hard we should start building an a...
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End of Playtime

May 26, 2017 - Met some new friends who brought me a new toy. I've been working on it to get it to stop squeaking. It's a tough job, bu...
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Jade Tree

May 26, 2017 - We have several of these gracing the lake. When there's a break in the weather, the real beauty of springtime shows thro...
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Crashed

May 25, 2017 - I was soooo tired. Been running with the big dogs at the park today and just couldn't wait to take a nap.
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Love Is in the Air

May 24, 2017 - Spring has arrived and the mating season has begun.
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Gardenias

May 24, 2017 - Didn't have to travel far to capture this shot; it's right outside the library window. I could get lazy if the photo opp...
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Doe's Whiskers

May 23, 2017 - It was a staredown-standoff. I kept the camera focused on the doe and she never wavered -- from less than 25 feet.
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Breaking Dawn

May 23, 2017 - Another foggy start to the day. THat's what happens when temperatures in the am are just above freezing and the lake alr...
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My People

May 22, 2017 - This is me with my Uncle Jim. I can tell he's a dog lover too!
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Making Waves

May 22, 2017 - Just before this scenario, this mallard couple was enjoying some quiet time together cleaning up the fallen seed under t...
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Air Drying

May 21, 2017 - After a thorough bath air drying is good before an attempted takeoff.
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Bath Time

May 20, 2017 - The geese follow the swan's example of a morning bath.
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Morning Warning

May 19, 2017 - If I saw this over the ocean, I would be cautious going out on the water. Here, I'm not so sure.
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Backward Glance

May 18, 2017 - Waiting for the opportune moment to dive at the bird feeders while screeching and chasing all the other birds away. That...
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In Process

May 18, 2017 - The red bud jades are in different stages of bloom. Hard to decide what to photograph first to try and capture it all es...
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Breakfast Time

May 17, 2017 - They're baaaaaack!!!!! I just commented the other day that we haven't seen the deer in over a week.
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Chipmunk Carry

May 17, 2017 - This is the indoor practice field for thinning out the chipmunk population. I've been hired by one of the neighbors in c...
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Flowering Jade Tree

May 16, 2017 - The many varieties of jade trees in the neighborhood make for a scenic drive right here. Too bad it's a short season....
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Snack Time

May 15, 2017 - They think it's all about dental health. I say it's all about the taste.
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Early to Rise

May 15, 2017 - Looks like it could be a glorious day. Maybe spring is here.
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Soccer Time

May 13, 2017 - A new toy that needs to be tamed. Especially;;y as it makes all kinds of strange noises when it's moving.
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The Drifter

May 13, 2017 - Right after the last skim ice melted the ducks started showing up and spending the day.
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Welcome to Morris Lake

May 12, 2017 - The family's first outing on our lake. Like last year, there are five cygnets and we got to watch two of them grow into...
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Red Bud

May 12, 2017 - Spring finally has arrived and the flowering trees have burst into color.
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Sharing A Meal

May 11, 2017 - And you thought blue jays were just loud and mean.
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Azalea Blossoms

May 11, 2017 - Rushed out between rain showers/downpours to try and capture the spring beauty around our property.
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The Terminator

May 10, 2017 - After tossing around this toy, I decided it was time to "terminate" this session.
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Hanging Tough

May 10, 2017 - This blue jay was having a feeding frenzy of his own while keeping all the other birds away with its screeching every ti...
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Reappearance

May 09, 2017 - The rain stopped, the sun came out and so did the wildlife.
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American Goldfinches

May 09, 2017 - Now they are coming in pairs. That's a male -- bright yellow -- and a female -- olive yellow. They often are referred to...
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Spring Arrival

May 08, 2017 - The spring feeders are up, one of which had food specifically for the finches. Guess it works as this American Goldfinch...
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In the Spotlight

May 07, 2017 - With the limited amount of sunshine lately, this was a great opportunity to highlight this weeping willow tree across th...
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Eat and Run or Fly

May 07, 2017 - After a long meal, having had the feeder all to itself, this Blue Jay is prepared to take off and harass some other bird...
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Bonding

May 06, 2017 - Mannie also has bonded with "Mom". He just plain loves to ve with his people and to cuddle.
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Opposing Views

May 06, 2017 - Looks like the blackbird was advising the starling to move on to another feeder.
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Safe Haven

May 05, 2017 - Mannie is very much unlike many Westies who demonstrate their independent nature by sitting just out of reach. Mannie is...
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Can I Come In?

May 05, 2017 - "Woody" doesn't know it, but he's knocking in the wrong place. Hopefully, he won't drill a hole through the roof.
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New Setup

May 04, 2017 - This is the new feeder array for spring. The wren house is covered in peanut butter and bird seed. Let's see who takes o...
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First Kill -1

May 03, 2017 - Just to prove he hasn't lost his inbred instinct to route out vermin, Mannie showed us what he can do quickly with a stu...
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Another new Arrival

May 03, 2017 - Looks like this muskrat has taken up residence right in front of our condo. Could make for some interesting reaction fro...
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Narcissus

May 02, 2017 - Took a chance last fall and planted these in the wetland behind our home. I read somewhere that these are not high on th...
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New Arrival

May 02, 2017 - This season, the variety of small birds and waterfowl has increased significantly much to my surprise and pleasure. This...
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And My Name Is

May 01, 2017 - After several weeks of being called a variety of names from Mannie to Manolo to Good Boy, I asked for a vote among Famil...
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Cocky

May 01, 2017 - As they say, "There's always one in the crowd". Now the challenge is on. This is the only squirrel that has managed to c...
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Common Loon

April 30, 2017 - This year, we have been graced by a pair of loons, This looks like a breeding male.
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Happy Couple

April 29, 2017 - Looks like the pairings have begun just in time for spring.
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Icy Falls

April 28, 2017 - Several logs had floated down the river after a major windstorm a few days earlier. Now the cold ai had settled in; it o...
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Taking a Break

April 27, 2017 - After running at the dog park with the big dogs, I just couldn't keep up the pace without a break,
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Petunia Time

April 27, 2017 - Looking ahead to the warmer weather and the summer flowers.
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Domination

April 26, 2017 - After working over my toys, I like to roll over on them to let them know who is the boss.
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Morning Delight

April 25, 2017 - It's not very often when the day starts like this, but when it does, it makes my day!
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Kickin' Back

April 24, 2017 - Not to be outdone by its smaller cousins, the red bellied woodpecker dominates the suet cakes whenever its around.
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Color Burst

April 23, 2017 - Can't wait for summertime and all the blooms.
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Contemplation

April 22, 2017 - Here's a little bit of "Westie" attitude or "Westitude" coming out. They keep trying new names on me and I just look at...
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The Waiting Game

April 22, 2017 - The ducks have returned and it's mating season. There seem to be more male mallards than females, so the competition has...
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Scramble

April 21, 2017 - Reminds me of the activity when we used to scramble the fighter jets after an incoming unknown aircraft. Same flurry of...
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Respite

April 20, 2017 - After chewing on this "dental treat" for about half an hour, I decided it was time for a break. Don't you worry, I'll be...
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Weathering

April 19, 2017 - The way we were. Out in Amish country in Cuyahoga County Ohio. Notice there are no electrical cables to be sen, or to in...
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Chagrin River

April 18, 2017 - A beautiful, "almost spring" (except for the temperature which was about 22 degrees at mid-day) day in downtown Chagrin...
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Togetherness

April 17, 2017 - Once in a while this cardinal couple join together to dine. Normally they come and go independently.
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Pre-Rescue

April 16, 2017 - I was warming up Mom to make sure she got to know just how sweet I am. Also had to make sure I could rescue her, before...
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Amish Country

April 16, 2017 - Peaceful and quiet like in th old days. No vehicular traffic other than horse drawn carriages makes it a lot safer to st...
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The New Look

April 15, 2017 - Here I am all 'fluffed and buffed". There seems to be a difference of opinion at home as to the pre- or the post-groomin...
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Mannie the Wolf

April 14, 2017 - This was the night before I was taken to the groomer for a "fluff and buff". I'll show you the result later.
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Who Is That?

April 14, 2017 - Now there's the Westie in Manne showing up. That's a tree stump with various openings and hidden "chipmunk-size" squirre...
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Waiting for Spring

April 13, 2017 - On the verge of spring. It was quiet, it was calm and it was cold.
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Upper Falls

April 12, 2017 - A cold and breezy morning in downtown Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The icicles were hanging off the bottom of a log which had co...
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Practicing

April 11, 2017 - Mannie in one of his practice sessions with a "chipmunk-like" toy. Can hardly wait until he sees the real thing as we wi...
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Under Surveillance

April 11, 2017 - Manne was near the window looking out very quietly trying to figure out if this was a BIG DOG in his new backyard, or an...
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Lower Falls

April 10, 2017 - Early morning in downtown Chagrin Falls Ohio. Couldn't get down to the bottom of the falls as all accesses were closed t...
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Late Snow

April 09, 2017 - Just when it was warming up, here comes another snowfall. Oh well, at least there's a suet cake.
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Rest Stop

April 08, 2017 - The snow had started again, and this male cardinal was loading up for the long haul. Fortunately for all of us, it didn'...
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Move It!

April 07, 2017 - Have you ever been there? This is the swan version of "back seat driver".
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Uh Oh!

April 06, 2017 - I have no idea what this doe heard, but it was enough to motivate her to leave the easy food supply.
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European Starling

April 05, 2017 - Another new visitor to our feeders. The yellow bill is an indication of spring. Apparently it will turn gray in the fall...
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Rare Tiffany Clock

April 04, 2017 - One of two Tiffany clocks in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit. Reportedly there are only six of these remaining...
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Guardian Building

April 03, 2017 - A glimpse of the art deco interior of the Guardian Building in Downtown Detroit.
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Carpodacus Purpureus

April 01, 2017 - This male purple finch is a welcome addition to the flock that visits our feeders on a daily basis. Always welcome newco...
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Posing

March 31, 2017 - Normally these small squirrels dash from point to point making it difficult to capture them. I think this little "guy" w...
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Almost There

March 30, 2017 - This downy woodpecker is a regular at the feeders, but his favorites are the suet cakes.
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Day Is Breaking

March 30, 2017 - A little bit of sun, a little bit of snow and a lot of wishes for warmer weather.
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Praying

March 29, 2017 - Don't know if this squirrel was praying for food or for the answer to how to get to the feeders. It has been foiled thus...
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Windblown

March 29, 2017 - This was the day after the big storm when we had 60mph winds and lots of power outages. Even though the winds had droppe...
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I Can't Hear You

March 28, 2017 - Trying to entice this doe to come a little closer. Guess she figured 20 feet was close enough.
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Almost There

March 28, 2017 - Hard to capture, but the opportunities are coming. Who knows, maybe spring will get here too!
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Morning Surprise

March 27, 2017 - Obviously, someone did not get the memo that spring is only 2 days away.
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Return of the Mallards

March 27, 2017 - No, these ducks are not walking on water. The temperatures have dropped again to the point where we have skim ice in pla...
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Clean Up Crew

March 26, 2017 - Seems like the doves and the squirrels get along just fine when it comes to cleaning up the fallen seed from the feeders...
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Cardinalis

March 25, 2017 - This male cardinal looks like it is living up to its name which means "Important" in Latin.
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Incoming

March 24, 2017 - Finally figured out the name. It's a combination of the Scandinavian word for little and the suffix "mouse" from Old Eng...
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Perfect Couple

March 23, 2017 - This female and male cardinal seemed to have posed for this photo. It was a lot easier to capture them together than the...
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Inbound and Outbound

March 23, 2017 - Almost as busy at the feeder as it is on the runways at Detroit Metro Airport.
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Air Drying

March 22, 2017 - After a quick bathe it's time to dry off before taking off.
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Morning Bath

March 22, 2017 - Part of the morning ritual.
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Cardinalis - Male

March 21, 2017 - This northern cardinal essentially is an attractive all red bird with a black mask. It's easy to identify by sight and b...
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Hairy Woodpecker

March 20, 2017 - Just announced its arrival and scattered the other birds.
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Spring Is in the Air

March 20, 2017 - About 48 hours to go before spring officially arrives. Someone need s to get the message out!
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Lophodytes Cucullatus

March 19, 2017 - More commonly known as a hooded merganser female.
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Lophodytes Cucullatus - Male

March 18, 2017 - When the male merganser raises its hood, or crest, it will reveal a large white patch.
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Mallards

March 17, 2017 - Wonder which one of these male mallards will win her over.
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Cardinalis - Female

March 17, 2017 - Not quite as colorful as the red male, but the tinges of red on its crest and wings, and its large red bill make for int...
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Small Town Treasure

March 16, 2017 - An interesting collection of antiques (?)
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About to Fish

March 16, 2017 - Now that we are about to adopt a "Westie", I was just reflecting on how much fun and excitement Hooch had trying to grab...
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Mallard

March 15, 2017 - This male mallard seems to be out of the loop and looking for a mate.
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Nest Building

March 15, 2017 - Last year, the swans nested at the opposite end of the lake so we couldn't check the progress of the cygnets from egg la...
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I'm Baaack!

March 14, 2017 - Haven't seen this hawk or snow for several weeks now. The birds don't agree, but I think the hawk is fun; the snow I can...
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Could It Be?

March 13, 2017 - What a great sight on not such a great day. Temperature in the 20's, light snow falling and wind out of the north and pr...
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Beauty in the Alley

March 13, 2017 - More of the downtown Detroit "Graffiti" artwork.
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Pure Amusement

March 12, 2017 - A child's fascination with water trumps the carousel.
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Tournament Time

March 11, 2017 - Early morning and the fishermen are off to catch the prize. It's a 3 day tournament so we'll be seeing lots of action ou...
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Renaissance

March 10, 2017 - Originally built by Ford as the Renaissance Center, now owned by GM. A definite downtown landmark and presently the tall...
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Searching

March 10, 2017 - I was sitting at the desk working on taxes (ugh) when this magnificent swan flew by looking for open water. Almost misse...
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Red Bellied

March 09, 2017 - This Red-bellied woodpecker has become a daily visitor. It's sometimes referred to as a "zebra-backed" woodpecker.
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Not the Choo Choo

March 08, 2017 - Just in from Chattanooga, and docked right near the RR tracks. What's up with that!
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Here's What I Think

March 08, 2017 - Here's our biggest doe again, proving she could not care less if we are watching, or if we are trying to capture the mom...
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Too Tired to Eat

March 07, 2017 - Apparently one of the does had either worn herself out trying to get to the feeder, or she had eaten so much that sh nee...
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Eye on You

March 06, 2017 - This osprey nest is almost big enough to accommodate an eagle. Best guess is that there are either eggs to be hatched or...
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Back for More

March 06, 2017 - Now that the feeders have been discovered, they seem to be a regular stop on the daily trail.
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Merganser

March 05, 2017 - The ducks have returned home early as the ice is gone and temperatures have been above normal most days.
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No Fear

March 04, 2017 - This is the largest of the group of 5 or 6 does that visit us on a regular basis. Pretty obvious she has "no fear" of us...
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Floating on In

March 03, 2017 - The feeders are full and the lunchtime crowd is here, especially the flock of finches.
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Too Crowded for Me

March 03, 2017 - This squirrel was being very patient waiting for the deer to leave so it could get down on the ground and get to all tha...
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Bookends

March 02, 2017 - If not for a slight disparity in size, these two does would have been a matched set.
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Over the Shoulder

March 01, 2017 - Waiting to see if the rest of the herd is catching up or heading out.
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Corn Fed

March 01, 2017 - This bluejay discovered a new birdseed mix and obviously liked the corn. Of course, now the deer have discovered it too!...
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Now That's Funny

February 28, 2017 - I was watching the deer feed, and they were watching me jump around to capture the moment. Apparently, they found me amu...
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Another View

February 28, 2017 - Even though this woodpecker has a very red head, it is a "red-bellied" woodpecker due to a red tinge on its belly. Go fi...
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Spooked

February 27, 2017 - This young doe had drifted apart from the rest of the herd feeding behind ou home. It suddenly realized all other were o...
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Ready to Go

February 27, 2017 - Without the leaves on the trees, many of the birds have taken to perching to observe the action before jumping in to fee...
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My New Perch

February 26, 2017 - This woodpecker has decided that drilling into suet is far easier than looking for insects in the trees.
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Straight Ahead

February 25, 2017 - These nuthatches rarely stop for a break long enough to capture a head on shot. Got lucky.
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Which Way?

February 24, 2017 - Nothing like covering all the bases just to play it safe.
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On the Edge

February 24, 2017 - Great observation perch to see what's going on at the feeders before taking the leap.
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Hey No Shoving

February 23, 2017 - Sometimes things get a little crowded when the "goodies" are discovered.
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The Prize

February 23, 2017 - The winner of the peanut prize, and proud of it!
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Easy to Reach

February 22, 2017 - Easy to reach and obviously part of the latest diet.
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Incoming

February 22, 2017 - Here it is mid-February and we are setting records highs resulting in an early thaw. The swans are back surveying the la...
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You Want What!

February 21, 2017 - This doe seems to be the leader of the group that feeds behind our home, and she shows no fear of the camera, or me for...
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Hiding Out

February 21, 2017 - This finch almost escaped getting captured by the camera. It blended in almost too well with its surroundings.
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The Herd

February 20, 2017 - After feeding at our place, this group of does crossed the lake to look for more food. They doubled up and returned at d...
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Over the Top

February 20, 2017 - One of several bluejays that love to scatter the smaller birds at the feeders.
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Double "T"

February 19, 2017 - The new birdseed mix seems to be attracting a wider variety of birds along with a larger herd of deer. Who could ask for...
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Hooch, Just Hooch

February 18, 2017 - They say the "Westie" is a clever little dog. They are intelligent and they also are independent; they do a lot of indep...
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Deer Suet????

February 18, 2017 - The herd is growing quickly. Either that or "Mikey" -- the one who that will eat anything -- just showed up.
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Checking It Out

February 17, 2017 - The deer herd really has grown in this area. Not only that, they appear very comfortable in their surroundings.
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To the Top

February 17, 2017 - It took over one year, but one squirrel made it to the top of the feeder pole. Fortunately, it was foiled again, as it c...
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I Saw You First

February 16, 2017 - Food takes priority over fear. Our bird feeders are now serving anyone stopping by.
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Melting Snow

February 16, 2017 - Right outside the my window under the deck. A slight warm up and the snow disappears.
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Moonlit

February 15, 2017 - Full moon, cold night, icy lake, but who could resist capturing the scene. Not me!
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Early Morn

February 15, 2017 - Up and at 'em early. Could be that we'll see the sun today.
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Who, Us?

February 14, 2017 - No fear here.
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My Good Side

February 14, 2017 - Posing for the photo.
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Brittle Branches

February 13, 2017 - After the rain, the temperature fell and the wind picked up yo create their somewhat barren, but beautiful view. Persona...
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Deer Seed?

February 13, 2017 - And here I thought we had flying pigs eating all the bird food!
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Frozen

February 12, 2017 - Could this be the result of "purple Rain"?
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Winter Greenery

February 11, 2017 - The snow is gone, but I suspect it will return soon.
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Peeking Out

February 10, 2017 - Just the right angle and the right time. This time it wasn't luck, I had a long wait.
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Dicey

February 09, 2017 - THat's what you get when you have morning moisture and freezing temps. It's a new formula
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Snowscape

February 09, 2017 - This could have been titled "Bridge over Frozen Lake". This view even looks cold -- and it was the day I captured this s...
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Out of Here

February 08, 2017 - And now you know why they are called white tail deer.
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Dayglow

February 08, 2017 - Beginning of a new day to brighten the start of a new year. Every day brought a new surprise early in the morning. Now I...
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Looking Before Leaping

February 07, 2017 - The new feeder holds 10+ pounds of food which keeps the birds fed longer and keeps me from having to fill the feeders ev...
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Lake on Fire

February 07, 2017 - Not quite as exhilarating as sunrise over the ocean, but still a great way to start the day.
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Slim Pickings

February 06, 2017 - Apparently, this white-berated nuthatch decided there was too much commotion at the feeders. Maybe the dining alone opti...
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Calm Awakening

February 06, 2017 - Nothing but peace and quiet as a new day begins.
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Almost Cloudless

February 05, 2017 - Can't believe we're going to see the sun today. Too many gray skies up here in Michigan.
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Do or Don't

February 04, 2017 - This male cardinal perched for a long time before taking a taste of the suet cake.
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Camouflaged

February 03, 2017 - This tufted titmouse was waiting for the feeder activity to settle down before checking in for lunch.
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On the Edge

February 03, 2017 - Looking east from the office window. Not too shabby to start the day.
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Up & Away

February 02, 2017 - These little guys are in and out fast. Makes getting a good shot a little more difficult.
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Burnt Orange

February 02, 2017 - It looks like the sky is on fire. Could be a warning for the sailors.
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Stiff Competition

February 01, 2017 - These finches are here all day and the competition for the feeder access holes intensifies as the food level drops. Ther...
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Attack Mode

February 01, 2017 - As graceful and gracious as they appear, you do not want to intrude on their territory.
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Frozen Food

January 31, 2017 - Everyone has to eat, but I think I'll stay in and get my food on dry land.
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Out Fishing

January 31, 2017 - It's a tough life, but some one has to catch dinner.
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Happy Couple

January 30, 2017 - Just before the lake froze over there were a lot of mallards stopping by to fatten up before their flight south. Maybe I...
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Preening before Dinner

January 30, 2017 - I don't think it's vanity but these swans do spend a lot of time bathing and preening.
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Finch Buffet

January 29, 2017 - Never let the weather slow you down.
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Surfing

January 28, 2017 - This swan was just coming in, but looked more like it was surfing.
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The Drifter

January 27, 2017 - his blue jay did not seem to be in any hurry to get to the feeder, nor did it announce that it was incoming. Must have b...
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Morning Reflections

January 27, 2017 - Kicking back reflecting on life this morning.
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Surrounded

January 26, 2017 - It was a real education watching the swans isolate and encircle the geese one=by-one and then chase them off the feeding...
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Over the Edge

January 26, 2017 - It just does not get any better than this. What a sight to start the day.
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Quiet Time

January 25, 2017 - After participating in the latest feeding frenzy, this finch decided to take a break.
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Not Welcome

January 25, 2017 - These Canadian Geese thought they could share in the feeding area in front of our home. The swans had s bit different pe...
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Family Dining

January 24, 2017 - The surviving cygnets are all grown up now. Hard to tell them from the parents as they are only slightly smaller.
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All Mine

January 24, 2017 - After dining alone, this nuthatch decided to return to the feeder and all its frenzied activity.
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Debate Time

January 23, 2017 - These finches are very protective, and aggressive, when feeding. Makes for a lot of interesting photo opportunities.
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Away They Go

January 23, 2017 - And who should appear overhead -- It wasn't Santa Claus, it was a Coopers Hawk looking for something to eat.
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Michigan Morning

January 22, 2017 - Very typical start to the day in Michigan this time of year. A brief glimpse of the sun and then, gray skies throughout...
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Security Check

January 20, 2017 - This hairy woodpecker sat apart from the feeders for quite some time before entering the foray. Cautious at first, but o...
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Two on One

January 20, 2017 - Looks like a kiss. Best guess is the fight for food is about to begin.
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Side by Side

January 19, 2017 - Late October and the color show continues.
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Bug Lookout

January 19, 2017 - This hairy woodpecker showed up within 15 minutes of the first suet cake getting hung out near the feeders.
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Woodpeckers in Winter

January 18, 2017 - This red bellied woodpecker has been hanging around ever since the first snowfall. Do you suppose it remembers the gourm...
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Streaking

January 18, 2017 - A different sort of streaking on the beach, and much more photogenic at that!
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Hairy Woodpecker

January 17, 2017 - Winter has arrived, the suet cakes are out and the woodpeckers are back.
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Tough Takeoff

January 17, 2017 - You could hear the wingbeat before this swan got off the water. They truly are magnificent birds.
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Don't Even Think About It

January 16, 2017 - If you look closely, you can read the woodpecker's mind.
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Off My Back

January 16, 2017 - This female mallard hung around a bit longer than most and got caught up in our first snowstorm. I don't think this will...
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Size Does Not Matter

January 15, 2017 - When it comes to food, the finches will even face off with a blue jay who are known to be aggressive.
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Poised

January 12, 2017 - The deer herd has expanded and the bucks are becoming less skittish.
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Patience

January 12, 2017 - This hawk -- a Coopers Hawk -- was a new arrival during our first snowstorm. Caught me by surprise as it came in low fro...
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All By Myself

January 11, 2017 - When they clean their feathers with their beaks, they often roll sideways on the water. Once again, I haven't been quite...
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On Edge

January 11, 2017 - The sun is on the edge not me.
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Tufted Ducks

January 10, 2017 - Sense of competition among these ducks "is highly prevalent as they compete with other aquatic creatures like fish for f...
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Snow Ballet

January 10, 2017 - The feeding frenzy never slows down. The pace might even have picked up with the change in weather.
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The Race Is On

January 09, 2017 - While readying themselves for flying these tufted ducks swiftly run on the surface of the water. So far, I haven't been...
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Peeking In

January 09, 2017 - Of all the wildlife on the property, the swans seem to have no fear of the people.
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Sneaky

January 08, 2017 - Oe of the four swans in the family that dominates our lake.
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Laggard

January 07, 2017 - The flock of geese that landed about a week ago, all took off suddenly before the fist snow. I don't think this "guy" go...
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In for A Landing

January 06, 2017 - This swan was making quite a splash coming in for the day.
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On the Beach

January 06, 2017 - Paradise found on the beach on N Hutchinson Island. Those wre the "daze".
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Male Mallard

January 05, 2017 - The sun sure made this mallard glow. A few days later it snowed, and the glow was gone.
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My Turn

January 05, 2017 - More finches than feeder access holes.
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Watching & Waiting

January 04, 2017 - This Coopers Hawk spent a long time watching and waiting for a meal to show up around the feeders. Must admit, I spent j...
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Weighted Down

January 04, 2017 - I think this may be the first clue that we're in for a long winter. Need to start planning an escape.
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Ebony & Ivory

January 03, 2017 - Interesting contrast. This is what keeps me occupied part of each day.
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Silverback

January 02, 2017 - This adult silverback gorilla seemed to be camera shy. As soon as I focused on him, he took off and hid behind a rock. T...
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Last Visit

January 02, 2017 - These geese arrived very suddenly, hung around off and on for a week, and took off just before the fist snow arrived on...
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At Home

January 01, 2017 - Penguins are flightless aquatic birds by nature, and in the wild, spend about 75% of their time in the water hunting for...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Taking a Break

November 30, 2016 - Don't let the relaxed pose fool you. This cat could lead into action in an instant.
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Combat Zone

November 30, 2016 - New food mix brought out the aggressive nature of the jays.
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Different Species

November 29, 2016 - It's a different kind of maple -- it's a variety of Japanese maple
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Lean on Me

November 28, 2016 - The wind seems to follow a path through the garden at this point. Everything is leaning left.
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Food Line

November 28, 2016 - Just before the rain showers came in again, and the feeding frenzy began in earnest.
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GM Building

November 27, 2016 - Looking toward the river from the Eastern Market, the "GM Building" formerly known as the Renaissance Center dominates t...
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Says Who!

November 26, 2016 - Tis blue jay and this finch appeared to be having a debate over who had priority at the feeder. Apparently, when it come...
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Red Oak

November 25, 2016 - Something just a bit different.
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Ablaze

November 24, 2016 - It took some driving around, but we managed to find some blazing maples. Colors are late this year; only at about 25%....
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Shades of Red

November 23, 2016 - This fall the trees were slow in changing but the show has been going on longer than usual and the colors really have be...
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Body Slam

November 23, 2016 - No question about who was going to eat first.
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Regular Visitor

November 22, 2016 - The deer herd seems to have grown significantly from last year. We often get visited several times a day. I could get sp...
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Cannas

November 22, 2016 - Because the fall has been warmer than normal in Michigan, the leaves are changing more slowly. The good news is that the...
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Race to Dinner

November 21, 2016 - These two blue jays were on a tear to get to the feeding hole first. The finch speed to decide to slow down and wait the...
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Maple & Dogwood

November 21, 2016 - The dogwood sure provided a great backdrop for this red maple.
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Acer Rubrum

November 20, 2016 - You probably know this tree as a red maple. It is probably the most common deciduous tree in eastern and central North A...
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More Maples

November 19, 2016 - The maples sure have put on a color show this season. The rest of the trees have been slow coloring up.
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A Standout

November 18, 2016 - Everywhere I go, the maples are all aglow.
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Defense

November 18, 2016 - No more "Mr. Nice Guy". There only was a little food left in the feeder and these two didn't want to share. I watched f...
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Red Tipped

November 17, 2016 - Early morning drive looking for the sweet spots.
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New Day Dawning

November 17, 2016 - Not exactly like the ocean sunrises, but beautiful nonetheless.
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Mixed Bag

November 16, 2016 - Climbing the hill was worth the effort this morning.
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Off Road

November 16, 2016 - Right around the corner from home.
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Up Close & Personal

November 15, 2016 - Looked like a negotiation over who feeds first.
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"Woody Returns"

November 15, 2016 - This red bellied woodpecker has been absent for many months. His return is another indicator that the temperature is dro...
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Red and Gold

November 14, 2016 - Some change quickly while others hang on as long as possible.
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Feed Me

November 14, 2016 - Trying to isolate the one finch from the flock has taken a lot of different angles, settings and time, but finally got o...
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Lexington

November 13, 2016 - Just roaming around this quiet little town before the crowds hit the streets. Lexington is about 20 miles north of Port...
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Rest Stop

November 12, 2016 - The ducks have arrived a few weeks later this season, but it's a sure sign the weather is about to turn colder. This is...
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Tunnel of Trees

November 11, 2016 - Just discovering some new roads in the neighborhood. The scenery is great, the drive is short, and miraculously there wa...
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Moonlit

November 11, 2016 - Moonlit, sunlit, who cares as long as the leaves are backlit.
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On Fire

November 10, 2016 - The maple trees always change first and present a great show of color.
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Bridge Between Seasons

November 10, 2016 - Going from green to multicolored, but very slowly this year.
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Country Road

November 09, 2016 - Let the show begin.
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Looking Up

November 08, 2016 - Out in the fresh -- no make that brisk -- autumn air urrounded by red maples.
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Falling Leaves

November 08, 2016 - Even the vines are brilliant this time of year.
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Preview

November 07, 2016 - These were the first to start changing. Time to get the gear ready and begin the color search.
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Orange Is the New Green

November 06, 2016 - The reds and oranges are dominant.
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Framed by Nature

November 05, 2016 - A real standout among the surrounding greenery.
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Oncoming

November 04, 2016 - Checking out the side roads and trying to stay out of the mud -- emphasis on trying!
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Silhouette

November 03, 2016 - The maples always put on a show this time of year.
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Food Fight

November 03, 2016 - When the seed level in the feeder drops, the finches attitudes change from "friendly flock member" to "it's mine".
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All By Myself

November 02, 2016 - This graceful tree has passed its peak, but still stands strong.
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The Color Red

November 01, 2016 - Just the beginning of the color change.
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In Transition

November 01, 2016 - Stay long enough and you can watch the colors change -- well almost.
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Pumpkin Patch

October 31, 2016 - All lined up and ready to go under the knife.
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Gathered Together

October 29, 2016 - The colors are coming!
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Alumroot

October 28, 2016 - Also known as Heuchera or Coral Bells. There are approximately 37 species, but as the species often intergrade with one...
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All Aglow

October 28, 2016 - It's scenery like this that make my day.
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In the Middle

October 27, 2016 - Right about in the middle of the color change season. Can't wait for the peak.
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Transitioning

October 27, 2016 - Sometimes I get lucky and find a spot that's in the midst of change.
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Cool and Calm

October 26, 2016 - The mornings are getting a lot cooler and the trees are beginning to change. Many mornings we have fog over the lake whi...
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Maple Majesty

October 25, 2016 - A real standout.
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From A Distance

October 25, 2016 - Doesn't get too much better than this.
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Primary Colors

October 24, 2016 - Discovered a new park nearby. Hopefully in another week all the trees will be sporting their colors.
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Natural Light

October 24, 2016 - You almost can see the light at the end of the road.
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Crimson Glory

October 23, 2016 - The maples are the first to show their true colors.
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Eyes Right

October 22, 2016 - Once these two landed from opposite directions, they checked out the area for possible competition before settling in to...
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Color Spectrum

October 21, 2016 - Didn't even have to "leave" home for this capture.
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Autumn Glory

October 21, 2016 - At this time of year, after each rain, the skies get brighter, the colors get stronger and my feet get colder.
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Reflections of Color

October 20, 2016 - This view from our deck is my color barometer. Things are beginning to change albeit almost 2 weeks later than last year...
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Harassment

October 20, 2016 - This is not a mating dance or a winged ballet, it's a "finch fight" to get at the remaining food in the feeder.
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My Turn

October 19, 2016 - The lower the food level, the higher the level of aggression.
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Walking in the Woods

October 18, 2016 - Out and about looking for more color.
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Lakeshore Drive

October 18, 2016 - Across the water at one of the lakes in Seven Lakes State Park in Holly Michigan.
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Sprayed

October 17, 2016 - Another message in the "Z Garage" in downtown Detroit.
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Fanned Out

October 17, 2016 - Belly full, time to take off.
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An Early Palette

October 16, 2016 - Now we are starting to see some color change. It's slow, but it's for sure.
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Sumac

October 16, 2016 - Always an early indicator that fall has arrived.
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Rush Hour

October 15, 2016 - Looks like the woodpecker is telling the finches to head out.
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Watching and Waiting

October 14, 2016 - Even the birds seem to be patiently waiting for the colors to change.
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Trash Talk

October 14, 2016 - These geese were "in your face" and appeared to be getting aggressive with each other. Don't know what was said, but the...
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Staredown

October 13, 2016 - No question about who's protecting this nest.
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The Neighborhood

October 13, 2016 - Looking across the lake from the deck.
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Enraged

October 12, 2016 - One of the two faces on the Kashink mural in the Eastern Market.
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The Challenger

October 11, 2016 - After watching the finches dominate the fully loaded feeder, this blue jay decided it was time to take over. So, after a...
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Green with Envy

October 11, 2016 - The other face in the Kashink mural. From what I understand, her faces always have four eyes and a mustache.
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Slow Start

October 10, 2016 - Looks like we could be as much as two weeks later than last year.
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Local Talent

October 10, 2016 - The Eastern Market in Detroit always has been a big draw on the weekends. It's a great place not only to stock up on fre...
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In the Middle

October 09, 2016 - Trying to isolate one finch when there are 15-20 zipping in and out gets to be a real challenge, something I always enjo...
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Renaissance

October 08, 2016 - These buildings, on the Detroit Riverfront" were originally named the Renaissance Center or "Rencen" They were part of a...
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Up and Down

October 07, 2016 - The colors are beginning to show, so I guess I'll have to get motivated and start traveling around. Getting lazy sitting...
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Autumn Reflections

October 07, 2016 - Sitting on the deck waiting for the wildlife to appear. Doesn't get any easier than this, and it's a balmy 75 degrees in...
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Mural Message

October 06, 2016 - More murals from the "Z Garage" in downtown Detroit.
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Positioning

October 06, 2016 - New mathematical formula: There is a direct relationship between finch attitude and the level of food in the feeder. The...
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Scalped

October 05, 2016 - I don't know what to say about this blue jay except that it was having a really bad feather day and probably should be l...
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Garage Art

October 05, 2016 - Mural artists from as far away as Australia, Greece, Mexico, Ukraine and Switzerland were brought into Detroit to leave...
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Feet First

October 04, 2016 - Didn't find out if the incoming finch was going to grab the feeding finch or push it off the access port. The feeding fi...
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Meaningful Mural

October 04, 2016 - Many buildings in the area of the Eastern Market have become artists canvases. Can't wait to see what the artists from a...
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Floating In

October 03, 2016 - Normally, there's a crowd with up to as many as 20 - 30 finches flocking to the feeder and battling for position. This f...
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Sharky

October 03, 2016 - A little safer than the shark encounters in Florida.
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Color Preview

October 02, 2016 - Here's an early look at what's to come. If all works out well, I'm heading off to northern Vermont to capture the fall c...
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Early Color

October 01, 2016 - The color change is coming. Hope to catch the peak somewhere farther north within the next couple of weeks.
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Across the River

September 30, 2016 - Looking across the Detroit River at the skyline of Windsor Canada.
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Two on One

September 30, 2016 - Had some extra time yesterday so I spent watching the finches work the feeder. Normally, they feed at every opening that...
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Finch Fight

September 29, 2016 - Interesting how the finch behavior changed when the feed level dropped to the point where only two openings with food w...
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Got My Attention

September 29, 2016 - Once again, this tundra wolf was on the alert. Don't know if it picked up a scent or heard something which I couldn't, b...
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On Edge

September 28, 2016 - Seemed like everywhere we looked this morning, there were osprey nests. At first, I thought this one was empty, but once...
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Headed South

September 28, 2016 - I'm not as stealthy as I thought. Guess the geese will be heading south sooner than expected as I spooked them.
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Frolicking

September 27, 2016 - Just like any other playful dog, this wolf was happy to be running free.
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New Season

September 27, 2016 - Early autumn colors. Temps are headed down, days are getting shorter and the color show is beginning.
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One & Done

September 26, 2016 - There was a break in the daily flock of finches and the other birds now have taken over. Looks like this little guy was...
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Perched

September 26, 2016 - Don't know how long this white heron will stay before leaving for Florida, but I might just follow it's lead.
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Just Landed

September 25, 2016 - Never thought I would be interested in a fly, but I'm always looking for something different. Who knows, maybe I'll go b...
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Making Up

September 24, 2016 - Now that everyone has eaten, the happy couple appears to be making up.
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Double Trouble

September 23, 2016 - Not sure what got this wolf's attention, but I was happy to be off side.
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Spotlight

September 23, 2016 - The sun came up, burned off mot of the fog over the lake and highlighted the first tree showing color.
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Symmetry

September 22, 2016 - The Dahlia is a daisy like flower and is related to both daisies and sunflowers. It is the national flower of Mexico....
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Friends

September 22, 2016 - Everyone gets along here -- no politicians! This really is like living in the wilderness some days. Make that most days...
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Newcomer

September 21, 2016 - Watched this female Belted Kingfisher sit patiently on a branch in the rain until it spotted a small fish in the lake. M...
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The Complainer

September 21, 2016 - This was not a happy camper. The feeder was covered with finches and this one decided to sit it out and complain rather...
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Burgundy Dahlia

September 20, 2016 - Dahlias were first discovered growing in the mountains of Mexico. The Spaniards brought them back to Europe.
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Young Buck

September 20, 2016 - Hurray,the bucks are showing up again.
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Suspended

September 19, 2016 - As they say, "Timing is everything".
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Sunflower

September 19, 2016 - Always bigger than the surrounding flora, and always an attention getter.
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Newbie

September 18, 2016 - Saw the scrub moving and then the ears appeared. There were 2 does and 2 fawns eating away along the edge of the lake....
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Double Vision

September 17, 2016 - I can never get enough of these natural reflections when I'm out wandering with the camera.
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Camouflaged

September 16, 2016 - We were silently poling along near the base of the cypress trees and almost missed this osprey completely -- that is unt...
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Cool Beginnings

September 16, 2016 - And so it begins. The mornings have gotten cooler. The air temperature is quite a bit cooler than the water -- in the 50...
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Toward the River

September 15, 2016 - Looking toward the riverfront in downtown Detroit.
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High Level

September 15, 2016 - Very pretty and very scenic, but my years of weather service said we cold be in trouble if these clouds continued to for...
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Up Close and Personal

September 14, 2016 - I have the opportunity to photograph a lot of finches most days, so I decided to try and get closer and to try and singl...
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Passing Showers

September 14, 2016 - Once again in the rain seeing what I could capture. It's getting to be a challenge to stay dry while out with the camera...
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Four Eyes and a Mustache

September 13, 2016 - More upscale "graffiti" in the Eastern Market, downtown Detroit.
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Eastern Market Art

September 13, 2016 - Last year was the inaugural event, of "Murals in the Market" in the Eastern Market in downtown Detroit. The second event...
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Coastal Treasures

September 12, 2016 - While wandering around town before the tourists hit the streets, I happened upon this treasure trove of "beauty antiques...
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Up Close

September 12, 2016 - The echinacea, as well as several other varieties of flowers, were in bloom all around Lexington.
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Full House

September 11, 2016 - Reduced speed; increased speed -- of feeding that is.
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Getting Warmer

September 10, 2016 - Here it is just a little more than an hour after sunrise and it's already 79 degrees with matching humidity. For a minut...
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Can You See Me Now

September 09, 2016 - There are some days when I don't have to venture from the downstairs window to capture a shot. This doe showed up about...
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Food Fight

September 09, 2016 - I've already discovered that the bird activity continues to increase as the food level drops. Now it seems like there's...
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Gerber Daisies

September 08, 2016 - With the sun breaking through, briefly I might add<these gerber daisies looked more waxen than real.
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Coming Up

September 08, 2016 - The gym is going to have to wait a while this morning. Standing on the deck at 6;00am this morning before heading off, I...
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What Is That?

September 07, 2016 - This Tundra wolf's curiosity was peaked by something in the water. Never did find out what was so interesting.
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What Was That?

September 07, 2016 - These two bucks seemed to be enjoying a peaceful play session arid breakfast at the lake, when they obviously heard some...
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Purple Irises

September 06, 2016 - Mostly the purple variety, these irises were growing everywhere in northern Michigan in late June.
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Feels So Good

September 06, 2016 - Another step in the bathing/preening process. This is just before feather plucking began.
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Fading Light

September 05, 2016 - Don't get to see too many glowing sunsets. Most of it is due to timing, but sometimes the woods cut off the angle. Tonig...
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Plucking Time

September 05, 2016 - Learned something new this morning. After rolling over several times in the lake, the next step in the bathing process s...
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Crazystar

September 04, 2016 - I did not make up the name. It is named "crazystar petunia". Now all I have to do is find out why.
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Purple Echinacea

September 03, 2016 - First the irises and now these coneflowers. More color purple.
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Joining Up

September 02, 2016 - Looked like someone was getting yelled at.
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Weed Whacker

September 01, 2016 - There have been an unusual number of does and fawns in the wetland this week. If they keep up the foraging, I might not...
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Feathered Frenzy

September 01, 2016 - . It's a new mathematical formula of inverse relationships. The lower the food level, the higher the activity
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Gathering Dinner

September 01, 2016 - After all the bathing lessons had been completed the swans went to the beach to forage among the freshly mown lake weeds...
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One Up & One Down

August 31, 2016 - Watch this trick. I'm training for the "swanlympics".
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Rollover

August 31, 2016 - Bathing lessons in progress.
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Walking Tall

August 30, 2016 - Managed to pass a very relaxing hour watching the adult swans teach the youngsters how to bathe, preen and dry off.
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Pink Petunias

August 29, 2016 - Always popular and always present in summertime.
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Attack Mode

August 29, 2016 - This is where I grew up and now it's my lake.
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Rolling In

August 29, 2016 - Looks like we could have some storms later in the day. On second thought, what do I know; It's been more than 50 years s...
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Brown Eyed Susans

August 28, 2016 - One of several varieties of flowers growing wild in our wetland.
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Cumulo Nimbus Mammatus

August 27, 2016 - There it is in all its glory -- potentially the most dangerous of all the cloud formations. This is only the third time...
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"Finchamania"

August 27, 2016 - For whatever reason -- maybe an oncoming storm -- there was far more activity than normal by the finches today.
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Storm Brewing

August 26, 2016 - This is a rare sighting of the formation of high level clouds with potentially extreme turbulence. If you see one, I wou...
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Another Beautiful Start

August 26, 2016 - As they say "DDSS" or different day spectacular sunrise.
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Rolling Thunder

August 25, 2016 - You heard it, you saw it, and if you were smart, you left it behind. For me, it was just too fascinating so I stuck arou...
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Framed

August 25, 2016 - Almost missed the sunrise this morning. Got distracted by some "urgent" messages. Guess I got my priorities mixed up, bu...
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Leading Edge

August 24, 2016 - Stepped outside after dinner this is what we saw coming at us across Lake Huron. The longer we stayed, the more ominous...
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Red Iris

August 24, 2016 - This was a pleasant surprise -- a red iris peaking out among the rocks.
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Lone Fisherman

August 24, 2016 - A few years back that fisherman would have been me. Now I capture the moments while others enjoy their passion. In retro...
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Peppermint

August 23, 2016 - Hollyhocks originated in Asia and the area around the eastern med.These beauties belong to the Mallow (Malvaceae) family...
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Safe Harbor

August 23, 2016 - Early morning on the eastern coast of Michigan above Port Huron. Out and about early before the town wakes up. A few yea...
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Cotton Candy

August 23, 2016 - It is getting warmer and more humid each day, but the sunrises are getting more spectacular too. For me, that's all plus...
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In the Rain Again

August 22, 2016 - We had just arrived at our destination and thought about exploring the "downtown" area of this small town, but as usual,...
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Mixed Bag

August 22, 2016 - Filled the feeders as soon as I returned. The word got out quickly. Looks like a refill will be needed before the sun se...
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Night Light

August 22, 2016 - Great night for fishing the Atlantic.
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Finch Frenzy

August 21, 2016 - Just filled the feeder a few hours ago. This feeder is rated at 4 days. I've got news for them, I'm lucky to get 1 1/2 d...
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Going Home

August 19, 2016 - One last look as we pass under one of the bridges on the east river before heading back to Pier 83 and the city streets.
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Surprise

August 19, 2016 - There I was packing my gear for a weekend wedding getaway, when all of a sudden a hummingbird appeared to check out the...
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Heat Wave Begins

August 19, 2016 - A few days ago I was lulled into thinking the summer might not be too hot. I think my friends in FL decided it was time...
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Old and New

August 18, 2016 - from Highbridge Park (2008) Crosses Harlem River Locale Manhattan and the Bronx, in New York City Maintained by New...
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Storm Has Passed

August 18, 2016 - No matter where I am, I always anxiously await the passing of a storm in anticipation of some great photo opportunities,...
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"Liberty Enlightening the World"

August 17, 2016 - If you are wondering about the photo title, it is the real name of the "Statue of Liberty". Here are more fun facts abou...
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Great Beginnings

August 17, 2016 - This looks like it could be the start of a very warm day, but another great beginning at the lake.
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Here and There

August 16, 2016 - No matter which way we went, it was buildings and bridges. It was like being lost in the woods, except that the trees we...
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Mid Air

August 16, 2016 - If you have feeders, the finches will come. And, the flock will continue to grow day by day.
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In and Out

August 16, 2016 - I'm back, the feeders are full -- well, almost -- and the birds are back too.
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All Shapes and Sizes

August 15, 2016 - Fortunately for the people that live here and travel back and forth from NYC to New Jersey, these are not drawbridges. I...
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Cool Beginning

August 15, 2016 - Not quite the same as watching the sun rise on the horizon over the Atlantic, but it sure is peaceful here -- cooler too...
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Bee Balm

August 14, 2016 - Fortunately not too many bees around today, but the ones that were, were elusive.
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Kerria

August 13, 2016 - Here's something a bit different. It's a member of the rose family found throughout China, Japan and Korea.
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Empire State Building

August 12, 2016 - The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located on Fifth Avenue. It is 1,250 feet to the roof and with the a...
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Quick Exit

August 12, 2016 - After a quick breakfast and drink near the lake, this buck decided it was time to get back to the herd. I'm starting to...
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9/11 Memorial Plaza

August 11, 2016 - The Memorial occupies 8 of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center. The Memorial is intended to be a tribute to the past...
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Lighted Up

August 11, 2016 - Don't get to see these scenes too often since we left Florida
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Feed Me

August 10, 2016 - And the story continues. Feasting on the delivered goodies.
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Empire State Building

August 09, 2016 - The Empire State Building is 103 stories tall or1,250 feet excluding the height of the antennae, which adds 204 feet. Am...
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You're Late Again

August 09, 2016 - I think a good caption for this shot might be, "You may have brought food, but you're late!" What is your idea for a cap...
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Skyline

August 08, 2016 - Quick skyline panorama of New York City shortly after we left Pier 83.
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Serenity

August 08, 2016 - Having moved from an island environment between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, we knew finding the ri...
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Here's Looking at You

August 08, 2016 - Now that I'm back from the cement jungle (i.e. NYC) and back where I belong, my friends are coming around to visit. I di...
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Feed-go-Round

August 07, 2016 - With the feeder lower than a quarter full, the activity nearly reached epic proportions.
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The Yanks

August 06, 2016 - That is not a street sign, I just couldn't get an angle to capture all of "Yankee Stadium". Of course, having grown up i...
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Looking Down

August 05, 2016 - Looking down upon Ellis Island from the 102nd floor, the observation deck, of One World Trade center building, the forme...
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One World Trade Center

August 04, 2016 - This is a ground level view of the new One World Trade Center building at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. The elevator to the o...
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Whistling

August 04, 2016 - This male cardinal stopped and whistled for quite a while. He might have been calling for a mate, but whatever he was do...
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Cement Forest

August 03, 2016 - As a photographer who focuses on nature and wildlife, the "city" became quite a challenge for to acclimate. It was a cha...
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Way Back When

August 02, 2016 - In the beginning, before the skyscrapers filed the space in New York City this is what it looked like looking toward the...
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Dunking

August 02, 2016 - No matter what they're doing these swans always look graceful and regal.
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Ring Toss

August 01, 2016 - While cruising the Hudson River I began to focus on anything and everything except tall buildings. My penchant for natur...
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Full Moon

August 01, 2016 - Managed to capture this shot from the rooftop of the condominium in Florida. It was the perfect location for capturing t...
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Coming and Going

July 31, 2016 - There were so many finches feeding today, this shot could have been called "Finchamania". I actually cropped out another...
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Mixing It Up

July 30, 2016 - As the feed level in the feeder decreases, the bird activity, the bird variety, and the bird commotion all increase.
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Almost Gone

July 25, 2016 - When the feed gets low, the action increases. Sometimes, the "pecking order" ends up in random "pecking".
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Bad Hair Day

July 24, 2016 - The wind was gusting so hard, I was wondering if this little guy was going to be able to take off. As they say, "timing...
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Pure Profile

July 23, 2016 - Poised and ready for takeoff. Fortunately, this cardinal stopped long enough for me to capture it's beauty.
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Stepping Off

July 22, 2016 - Feeder has been emptied; time to move on.
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Lucious Lavender

July 22, 2016 - Not a deep purple like most irises I've seen, but a lavender beauty all by itself. What a standout!
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That's All

July 21, 2016 - This was the only sign of birdlife early this morning. What do you suppose changed?
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Celandines

July 21, 2016 - The celandines blossoms close before rain, and even in fine weather do not open before 9 a.m., and by 5 p.m. they are cl...
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Hibiscus Lunariifolius

July 20, 2016 - Always a favorite, and always abundant in the Florida landscape.
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Hasty Departure

July 20, 2016 - When the blackbirds and the cowbirds come in, everyone else takes off. It doesn't take long before the finches return, f...
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Below the Radar

July 19, 2016 - The air was crowded this morning, so this guy very cleverly came in from a different angle.
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In the Pink

July 19, 2016 - Looking for various color water lilies in a variety of lighting situations, always was a favorite relaxing day of photog...
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Wingspread

July 17, 2016 - The feeder is full and the bird call to breakfast followed shortly thereafter. Within minutes there wasn't an unoccupied...
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In the Wind

July 16, 2016 - Learned something new about these baltimore orioles. Grape jelly is preferred to the fresh orange. Maybe I should add so...
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Tufted Ducks

July 15, 2016 - They only appeared once, and very briefly at that. Normally they are found more in coastal areas. One more capture where...
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Color Purple

July 15, 2016 - If you like purple, northern Michigan is the place to go in mid June. There literally is every shade of purple conceivab...
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Spooked

July 14, 2016 - Thought I was being very stealthy. Guess again!
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Wild Chive

July 14, 2016 - These plants can be used like domestic chives, for flavoring salads, and meat dishes. Some people find them strong by th...
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Downsizing

July 13, 2016 - First came the cygnets, then the goslings, now we have the ducks. Each brood is larger in number but smaller in size....
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No Trespassing

July 13, 2016 - For quite some time, there only was one pair of mallards; now, there are two males. Could get interesting!
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Waiting Room Only

July 12, 2016 - There are never just one or two finches and they seem to guard their spot at the feeder. Not the friendliest flock in to...
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Paradise Found

July 12, 2016 - This is where Hooch grew up. The beach is his backyard, and if you're nice, he'll let you use it.
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Guard Duty

July 11, 2016 - Just as with the swans, the adults stay very close and protective of their young. The main difference I see between the...
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Reservation Required

July 11, 2016 - When the finches arrive they come in flocks and there never seems to be enough access points for all of them. Even when...
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Rest Stop

July 10, 2016 - After a long time at the feeder, I think this cardinal was having a bit of a problem with lift off, or maybe he just dec...
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Outstretched

July 09, 2016 - This oriole seemed to be putting on it's brakes as it came in to feed.
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Growing Up

July 08, 2016 - After 6 weeks the cygnets have grown quite a bit. These are the two survivors, of the original six, very closely guarded...
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Still Waters

July 08, 2016 - After spending time at Tahquamenon Falls, sitting beside this little pond in downtown Charlevoix Michigan was very peace...
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Hang Gliding

July 07, 2016 - Must have startled this goose as I approached "stealthily" -- or so I thought.
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Ged Oudda Here

July 06, 2016 - These finches are not particularly nice to one another. I thought I detected an east coast accent.
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Up a Lazy River

July 06, 2016 - Another tranquil setting in the northern part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. In Petoskey along the Bear River to be...
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Cruisin'

July 05, 2016 - Looks like"Dad" is checking things out. He kept circling and returning to this area.
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Bigfoot

July 05, 2016 - Looked like a the leg of a sleeping giant to me. What do you see?
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Mixing It Up

July 04, 2016 - Variety of bird food is the key to a variety of birds. That's what you call an outstanding analysis of the obvious.
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Feet First

July 04, 2016 - Almost looks like this nuthatch changed his mind and put the brakes on.
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Profiled

July 03, 2016 - The blue jays are always present and always showing off their colors.
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Success

July 02, 2016 - Making a living the old way -- and the hard way -- but it looks like the effort paid off.
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Floating In

July 01, 2016 - No wasted motion, but constant action.
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Sunlit

July 01, 2016 - First one finch showed up and now there's a "flock" here on a daily basis. Must be the right food mix.
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The Rapids

June 30, 2016 - Both the camera and I got wet as we got a bit too close to the rapids. In hindsight, it was well worth it.
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Floating Along

June 30, 2016 - The adult males were just cruising around checking out the surroundings.
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Return from Mackinaw Island

June 29, 2016 - We passed on taking the ferry to Mackinaw Island, but got to enjoy the view watching it return, just as we did from our...
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"Quietude"

June 29, 2016 - Total silence and serenity. Even the geese aren't around this am.
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Swimming Lessons

June 28, 2016 - After a brief walk around our property, it was time for a swimming lesson.
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Sunburst

June 28, 2016 - Sunrise over the ocean always is more dramatic when it peeks out from behind broken clouds.
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Slow Motion

June 27, 2016 - Slowed down the motion of the upper falls at Tahquamenon so you could get a better sense of the energy.
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Posed

June 27, 2016 - Photographing robins seems to be a lot less challenging than most other birds, but it's still fun.
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