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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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Plucking Around

December 11, 2017 - It always is interesting to see how many feathers end up floating on the water after the morning primping and preening....
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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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Ring Billed Gull

December 09, 2017 - This was a much prettier setting than where we normally encounter these gulls -- parking lots, dumpsters, etc.
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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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Super Moon

December 05, 2017 - Even though we had to deal with cloudy skies off and on, it was possible to capture, and enhance. the super moon the nig...
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Balancing Act

December 04, 2017 - This scene is about mid-way through the morning primping and preening. These birds are so majestic and graceful; they lo...
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I'm the Alpha

December 03, 2017 - You almost can hear the Canadian goose telling the gulls to move on!
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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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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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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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Cool, Clear Water

November 25, 2017 - Still looking for autumn colors, but it's either too soon, or it's too warm and too dry.
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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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Swan Lake

November 22, 2017 - A few days ago, I had the opportunity and the pleasure of watching the swans behind our home go through there morning ba...
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Air Drying

November 22, 2017 - Nearing the end of the 15-20 minute morning bathing ritual, this swan was beating it's wings to dry them.
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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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Morning Ritual

November 17, 2017 - This swan couple never misses a day without their morning ritual of bathing and preening. The ritual last over 15 minute...
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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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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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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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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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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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Gull Colony

November 02, 2017 - While often referred to as a flock, the proper name for a group of gulls is a colony. At least that's what I have been t...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fly By

August 21, 2017 - Just relaxing on the deck with Mannie, when this heron flew by. It's great when the wildlife comes to you.
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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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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 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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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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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 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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Real Pals

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

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

July 14, 2017 - I thought this iris was a little different from those I normally see on my early morning outings with Mannie.
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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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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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Purple Iris

July 04, 2017 - Really different from all the rest in bloom right about now. The color was so vibrant, it reached out and said "shoot me...
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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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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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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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Iris Blossom

June 09, 2017 - This iris is one of many blooming right in the neighborhood.
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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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Clematis

June 07, 2017 - Mannie took me on one of his "exploration walks" and this is what we found this morning.
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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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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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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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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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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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Flowering Jade Tree 1

May 14, 2017 - More jade trees in bloom. The neighborhood is a blast of color.
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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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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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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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Breaking Out

May 04, 2017 - almost ready to burst open in a blaze of color.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Morning Surprise

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

March 27, 2017 - Here's Manne totally adjusted and watching the Red Wings game with me. It's hard to believe Manne only has been here one...
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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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Mannie at the Rescue

March 21, 2017 - This is Mannie, the 7 1/2 year old Westie we are going to meet and rescue/adopt later this week. They say good things co...
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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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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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Tourist Treasure

March 14, 2017 - A Michigan fishing shack aka Tourist Trap.
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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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Pure Amusement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 01, 2016 - The trees that changed early are now at their peak; the others have a ways to go.
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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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Not Easy Being Green

November 29, 2016 - As patiently as I waited I never got a good look at the head on this snake to see if it was in the poisonous category. D...
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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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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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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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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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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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Togetherness

November 09, 2016 - Never did figure out whether these two were friends or foes. Gave up watching after a while so I guess you'll have to us...
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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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Check This Out

November 07, 2016 - Almost like being back in Florida -- sunny, 75 degrees, but the humidity was missing so I knew I was somewhere else.
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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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Fine Feathered

November 04, 2016 - Obviously, this peacock had no problem strolling alongside me. It almost got to be a contest to see if I could capture a...
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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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Look Down

October 31, 2016 - Miniature pumpkins as they appear from the tree above.
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Pumpkin Patch

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

October 30, 2016 - Something a little different from the ordinary pumpkins.
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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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Standout

October 26, 2016 - After the recent wind and rain, I was surprised to find this ash tree holding on to its foliage.
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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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Long & Short of It

October 19, 2016 - A covered bridge always makes for an interesting shot. Getting a reflection makes it even better.
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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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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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The Neighborhood

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

October 12, 2016 - More green than color, but a covered bridge always is worth time.
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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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Slow Start

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

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

July 18, 2016 - Seems like everywhere you go in June, in northern Michigan, irises are in bloom in every direction.
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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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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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Pentas

July 09, 2016 - Imagine flocks of colorful butterflies and hummingbirds visiting your garden all summer long! That's what you'll get whe...
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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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Hang Gliding

July 07, 2016 - Must have startled this goose as I approached "stealthily" -- or so I thought.
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Morris Lake Sunrise

July 07, 2016 - View from home at daybreak. Not quite an oceanside seat, but no complaints, just a different perspective.
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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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Cruisin'

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

June 30, 2016 - The adult males were just cruising around checking out the surroundings.
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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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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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Spring Colors

June 25, 2016 - Couldn't ask for a better springtime setting -- a baltimore oriole and blossoms.
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Up River

June 24, 2016 - Wind and spray in my face and on the lens, but who cares. It's worth the shot.
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Dandy

June 23, 2016 - It might be a weed, but when you really see it, the structure is amazing.
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Gliding Finch

June 22, 2016 - One of many house finches that frequent the feeders daily. Now that they have arrived the supposed "4 day feeder" lasts...
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Dipping

June 16, 2016 - Although the water here didn't look appealing to me, this flock was drifting around, dipping and enjoying the "meal"....
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Cygnets

June 15, 2016 - These are three of the six cygnets that appeared off our patio a week or so ago. There are four white and two grey ones,...
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Black & White

June 14, 2016 - Swans typically give birth to both grey (black) and white cygnets which does not mean that mom has been fooling around....
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Upper Falls

June 13, 2016 - Closer view of the upper falls at Tahquamenon.
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Goslings

June 13, 2016 - These goslings are growing up quickly. It won't be too long before they're flying around squawking at with the rest of t...
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On Guard

June 10, 2016 - The babies always hover around mom, while dad circles around the perimeter guarding the cygnets.
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Parading

June 09, 2016 - Mom and Dad took the gosling gang out to show them off around the neighborhood. Sure glad I got the walk placed in time...
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Getting Wet

June 09, 2016 - The closer we get, the windier it gets and the wetter we get. Must admit the falls were exhilarating only made more so b...
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Lower Falls

June 08, 2016 - Finally made it to Tahquamenon Falls in the upper peninsula peninsula of Michigan. The first view was very scenic, and i...
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Mackinaw City Bridge

June 08, 2016 - Continuing north to Michigan's upper peninsula to see what we can see. Stay tuned for more.
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Dinner Beckons

May 31, 2016 - Nothing stops these blue jays from coming in to feed; not even the wind and rain.
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He Went "Thataway"

May 20, 2016 - The Cardinals always are patient slow feeders and aren't bothered by the comings and goings of the chickadees, nuthatche...
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Family Dinner

May 19, 2016 - Another feeder added to the growing collection and it didn't take long to bring in the finches.
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Step Lightly

May 18, 2016 - Just before the ice went out of the lake, one of the resident swans wanted to prove it could "walk on water". Admit it,...
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Symmetry

May 17, 2016 - For a change, the geese were silent over the lake adding to the tranquility of early morning.
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Excitement Grows

May 10, 2016 - Now it's getting exciting for both the birds and the photographer.
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Togetherness

May 08, 2016 - Looks like a breakfast date.
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New Arrival

May 06, 2016 - This was the second Baltimore Oriole arrival today. maybe this means spring finally has arrived too.
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First Inspection

May 05, 2016 - Having a variety of feeders is paying off. Our first Baltimore Oriole arrived this morning to check things out. I think...
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Nest Building Begins

May 04, 2016 - Saw this robin actively gathering material mid-morning. Had the good fortune to watch her build the nest over the next 6...
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New Discovery

May 04, 2016 - When we put up the bird feeders, feeding the geese was about the last thing we had in mind. But, everyone has to eat, th...
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Springtime

April 28, 2016 - Early April, just before it snowed.
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Feasting

April 27, 2016 - This red bellied woodpecker cannot believe its good fortune -- looking at a tube full of seed while single handedly devo...
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The Grab

April 26, 2016 - This adult female downy woodpecker had it's claws extended just like a raptor coming in to grab a fish. I guess size doe...
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Quick Steal

April 25, 2016 - After the "seed grab" this black capped chickadee appeared to be coming right at the camera.
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New Friends

April 24, 2016 - A few days ago, this blue jay was trying to scare off the chickadee filial. Now they're friends.
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Lift Off

April 23, 2016 - Capturing the moment before these little chickadees take off is not as easy as I thought.
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Feet First

April 22, 2016 - It's interesting to watch the birds come in for a landing. Their wings spread and they extend their feet. I guess that's...
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"Don King" Duck

April 22, 2016 - If you want to get technical, actually this is an immature red breasted merganser. But, I call them the way I see them....
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New Arrival

April 21, 2016 - This tufted titmouse just showed up a few days ago to join the feeding frenzy near the lake.
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Better than Bugs

April 21, 2016 - As soon as the suet went up, the woodpeckers gave up looking for insects in the trees.
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On Guard

April 20, 2016 - This female cardinal wasn't feeding, but seemed to be guarding the feeder.
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Finished Eating

April 20, 2016 - These chickadees are fast and they are plentiful. It now has become a challenge to try and capture the moment they grab...
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Dive Bombing

April 19, 2016 - While the chickadees race back and forth for one seed at a tim, this red bellied woodpecker calmly sits and devours its...
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Watchful Eye

April 18, 2016 - This blue jay appeared to be daring any other bird to try and get near the feeder. It wasn't long before the "gang" of b...
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Mute Swan

April 18, 2016 - I had my back to this swan when it came in for a landing. Fortunately I heard the "whoosh" of its wings so I was able to...
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Seeded

April 17, 2016 - After cautiously approaching the bird feeder, this female cardinal decided it was alright to sample the goodies.
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Foiled

April 16, 2016 - I think we finally found a squirrel guard that works. If this doesn't do it 100%, my next step will be to grease the pol...
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Mmmm Suet !

April 08, 2016 - It's still cold up here in Michigan. The good news for us, and bad news for the birds, is there are few insects around....
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Natural Camouflage

April 01, 2016 - This buck saw me clearly; I almost missed him completely.
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In for a Landing

March 31, 2016 - This cardinal couple just started showing up at the feeders. That's him with his "flaps" down coming in to land on the f...
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Cardinal Couple

March 30, 2016 - The word is out! The feeders have been refilled!
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On Alert

March 23, 2016 - This buck was guarding his "harem" right across from our driveway.
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Bird-Mania

March 22, 2016 - The word is out; the bird feeders are up.
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Rear View

March 20, 2016 - You think these two does were sending me a message?
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Afternoon Shadows

March 16, 2016 - It's as cold as it looks -- a balmy 2 degrees and that's Fahrenheit.
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Stormy Day

March 15, 2016 - Winter makes for some great scenery. This really works for me as it's right outside our front door.
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After the Storm

March 11, 2016 - Must admit, it's really easy to enjoy the winter scenery as this looks out from our lower level. Didn't even have to ste...
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Touch of Color

February 12, 2016 - Nice contrast; had to stop and preserve it.
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Crimson Solo

February 11, 2016 - A lonely little red maple along the way caught my eye.
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September Morn

February 10, 2016 - Seems like a long time ago since we arrived in Michigan
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Looking In

February 08, 2016 - Great way to start the day looking out the "office window".
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Standing Out

February 03, 2016 - Back in November when there was snow on the ground, the deer came by every morning. This doe wasn't more than 10-15 feet...
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Where's the Salt

January 21, 2016 - I was thinking about putting in a salt lick so I'd have more photo opps with the deer. Better judgment too over as it wo...
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What Was That!

January 20, 2016 - One of four does that visit most days -- morning and afternoon.
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My Good Side

January 18, 2016 - Had a shot almost identical to this one when I was in Montana in 2013.
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Filling Up

January 17, 2016 - Now that the deck rail is finished, the squirrels have found a new perch.
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Upside Down World

January 08, 2016 - Back in late September, the mornings were chillier (low 30's) than they are now (low 40's)). No complaints here!
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Rooftop View

December 31, 2015 - No, I wasn't crazy enough to get all the way up on the rooftop to capture this view, just part way.
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Snow Covered

December 24, 2015 - This is what it looked like a month ago; nowhere to be found today.
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Magic Moment

December 18, 2015 - Even the sky cooperated this morning.
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The Leading Edge

December 17, 2015 - Even the deer stayed home this morning, but I'm ready when they are.
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Snowing' and Blowin'

December 16, 2015 - I can't believe I'm out and about with the camera while this is going on. Can't figure out if I'm motivated or just plai...
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Rock and Hard Place

December 15, 2015 - This was one time I didn't mind being between a rock and a hard place.
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Party Time

December 14, 2015 - First the ducks, then the geese came flocking in. It must have been the equivalent of cocktail hour.
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Winter Morn

December 11, 2015 - The afterglow on the snow.
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Pure Grace

December 06, 2015 - There are days when it's so peaceful here, the only sound is the beat of the swans wings. It just keeps getting better....
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Cool Water

November 30, 2015 - No fall foliage here, but a nice quiet early morning location.
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Standing Tall

November 29, 2015 - There's still some greenery to preserve our sanity.
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Slim Pickings

November 26, 2015 - Neither rain nor snow keep these gals from shopping around.
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Pristine

November 25, 2015 - Have to admit that new, clean snow makes for some beautiful scenery. It's even more beautiful when you don't have to tre...
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Red & Gold

November 25, 2015 - They say all good things must come to an end, but why miss the opportunity for a different perspective.
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After the Storm

November 24, 2015 - The storm is over and all is golden again.
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What Was That

November 24, 2015 - From my "office" looking out this morning. Tough duty!
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Ducking Around

November 24, 2015 - These ducks found a warm spot to relax. Maybe I can find one too!
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On the Muscle

November 23, 2015 - I always knew geese were noisy, but never knew how aggressive they were.
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Snow Patterns

November 23, 2015 - I think I better get used to snowscapes as opposed to pure landscapes -- at least for now.
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Winter Has Arrived

November 21, 2015 - My first taste after 20+ years. While it may be an exciting new photo challenge, I have a feeling my enthusiasm will dis...
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Morning Magic

November 20, 2015 - Couldn't resist stopping to capture this moment even though I was trying to meet with contractors. Guess my priorities f...
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Shallow Water

November 20, 2015 - Looked like a breakfast meeting before taking off for the day.
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Before the Frost

November 19, 2015 - Just another quick stop on the way to our new condo to begin the unpacking process. The boxes will wait, the moment won'...
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Treescape

November 19, 2015 - This October in Michigan provided great colors everywhere.
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Break of Day

November 18, 2015 - Even the ducks were slow to get going this morning.
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Treeline

November 18, 2015 - On the road again, but just between the hotel and the condo before beginning the move.
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Drifting

November 17, 2015 - Even the ducks were taking it easy on Sunday morning.
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Peaking

November 17, 2015 - Don't know if this truly was a great season for color or if it's because I haven't seen it for 20+ years, but it sure lo...
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Leaves of Brown

November 13, 2015 - I was going to title this one "Uh Oh!" If my memory serves me the oak leaves are among the last to fall before the white...
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Foggy Start

November 13, 2015 - As the air cools down the fog gets more intense. I'm sure the frequency also is going to increase now that it's mid-Nove...
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Looking In

November 12, 2015 - This almost bare red maple seems to hold a special attraction for the local squirrels who sit and stare into our kitchen...
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Grounded

November 12, 2015 - It was so foggy yesterday, even the swans were grounded.
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Still Waters

November 11, 2015 - Early October; early morning, and there's a chill in the air.
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The Chill Begins

November 11, 2015 - Late September and the mornings already were getting chilly. Maybe it was a good way to begin the transition. On second...
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Falling Leaves

November 10, 2015 - Sorry to see the leaves already on the ground, 'cause I know what's coming next. It's been the better part of 20+ years...
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View from Home - 10

November 10, 2015 - And, right across the street from the front door.
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Changing Fairway

November 09, 2015 - Even the golfers stayed home today -- mid 40's and drizzle. Didn't stop me; at least not yet!!!!
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View from Home - 9

November 09, 2015 - Right outside the front walk, but no deer this morning.
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Takeoff

November 08, 2015 - After a long run, this goose finally got airborne. Reminds me of the Ford Trimotor, also known as the "Tin Goose".
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View from Home - 8

November 07, 2015 - These geese are the dominant waterfowl on our lake and they patrol all day long.
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View from Home - 7

November 07, 2015 - I foresee difficulties in trying to grow anything on the lakeside of our home, but frankly, I don't give a damn as long...
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Just a Hint

November 06, 2015 - Hoping to capture this when the colors are at their peak.
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View from Home - 5

November 06, 2015 - Off the deck.
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View from Home -4

November 05, 2015 - The view toward the north from our living room. Doesn't get much better or easier than this.
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Across the Pond

November 05, 2015 - Reminds me of New England.
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View from Home - 6

November 04, 2015 - Not a bad view if you have to be in the kitchen.
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View from Home 3

November 03, 2015 - Just outside the front door of our new home.
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View from Home - 2

November 02, 2015 - It's a bit different setting from FL, but the sunrises here also are beautiful.
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Field on Fire

November 02, 2015 - Much more comfortable for me and much brighter once the sun is up.
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View from Home -1

November 01, 2015 - It's a tough life. This is what we have to look at from the kitchen.
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In the Field

November 01, 2015 - The flora are very different from what I have become accustomed to during the past 20+ years. So is the temperature in t...
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Golden Moment

October 31, 2015 - There are bursts of color everywhere. The next 2 weeks should really bring it on.
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Not Welcome

October 30, 2015 - This was not a happy couple. Maybe he came home late with lipstick on his feathers.
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Reflections of the Day

October 30, 2015 - Haven't found any exotic wildlife here in southern Michigan, but there are lots of waterfowl.
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Sneak Peak

October 29, 2015 - And so it begins.
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Falling Leaves

October 29, 2015 - The leaves and the temperatures are beginning to fall, I expect that the frequency of my photo journeys all will begin t...
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Splash of Color

October 28, 2015 - Keeps getting better; looking forward to the next few weeks.
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Framed

October 28, 2015 - Crossing a wooden bridge to try and get closer the the color while staying dry for a change.
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Scattered Color

October 27, 2015 - Up here I don't have to keep watching out for snakes and 'gators while walking the fields in the morning. Just a bit too...
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Painted Pond

October 26, 2015 - There is color at every turn.
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Autumn Progress

October 26, 2015 - It's like a living coloring book up here without the lines.
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Crimson Maple

October 26, 2015 - If you watch for a while, you can almost watch the leaves change color from the top down.
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Heading Out

October 24, 2015 - These two geese were heading north. Don't know if that's a good sign or if they need a GPS implant. Heading south makes...
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All Aglow

October 23, 2015 - No need for lights. The sun is all it takes to make the different colors jump out.
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Reflecting on Nature

October 23, 2015 - I've been told that here in SE Michigan, you're never more than seven miles from water. I'm slowly discovering some smal...
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Through the Woods

October 22, 2015 - The wind picked up and the leaves began to fall.
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Walking Tall

October 22, 2015 - Here's a long view of what we're seeing in Michigan at almost every turn. Only challenge is for me to decide where to st...
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Painted View

October 21, 2015 - There is color in every direction. I don't remember it being so vibrant up here. Must have something to do with the fact...
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Meandering

October 21, 2015 - Love driving around the back roads -- no traffic, just serenity and connected to nature.
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Branching Out

October 20, 2015 - Some of the leaves already have fallen and the bare branches are indications of what's to come. Not sure I'm ready to br...
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Contrast

October 20, 2015 - The color seems to be more intense than I recall in past years.
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Fire in the Sky

October 19, 2015 - Sun kissed maple trees are putting on quite a show.
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Awaiting the Wildlife

October 19, 2015 - No deer, no turkeys and no movement of any kind. Only movement was me when I got cold and moved on.
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Across the Pond

October 17, 2015 - Just happened upon this spot and spent the next hour wandering around. As it was afternoon it was a balmy 58 degrees, bu...
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Serenity

October 16, 2015 - The sun was up, the wind was calm and it was a balmy 39 degrees.
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Nature's Path

October 16, 2015 - High noon on the road home -- well our soon-to-be home.
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Nature's Pallette

October 15, 2015 - Primary colors and then some.
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Shades of Blue

October 15, 2015 - A bit cooler, but reminiscent of many sites I visited in Florida.
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Road Less Traveled

October 14, 2015 - Out perusing the back roads in the vicinity of where we're going to live someday soon. We don't remember the colors bein...
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Foggy Fowl

October 13, 2015 - It was chilly at sunrise. Even the ducks were slow -- just drifting -- this morning.
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Maple Magic

October 12, 2015 - Haven't seen the color change in over 20 years. It seems to take forever for me to get from point A to point B these day...
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Misty Morn

October 11, 2015 - Early autumn morning in Michigan. Clear, no humidity and 37 degrees. The ducks are out, and I'm crazy enough to be there...
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Changing

October 09, 2015 - The color still is spotty, but it's coming.
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Touched by the Sun

October 09, 2015 - Out and about before the workforce hit the road.
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Morning Color

October 08, 2015 - More hints of change that's in the air -- cooler air that is.
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Bridge Over Calm Water

October 07, 2015 - Everywhere I go I'm seeing a different photo palette. I would say I can hardly wait for the seasonal change, but I know...
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Running Start

October 07, 2015 - For a minute I wasn't sure if this goose was going to run across or fly over the lake.
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Heading South

October 06, 2015 - Here's the tail end of a "gaggle of geese".
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View from Home

October 06, 2015 - The start of cooler weather and color change from the deck behind our northern home.
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Blackjack

October 04, 2015 - Does the superstition about black cats apply to black rabbits?
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Over and Under

October 02, 2015 - Seems this location presents great photo opportunities every time I look around. The best part is I haven't had to drive...
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Sumac

October 02, 2015 - Just a hint of what's to come.
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Fall Fire

October 01, 2015 - Here's what I have been looking for during my morning outings up here. Hopefully this is just one of many to be captured...
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Still Waters

October 01, 2015 - They say you're never more than 7 miles from water in the lower peninsula of Michigan. I'm out to see if that's a fact....
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Sneak Peak

September 30, 2015 - Just a start; it should ramp up from here.
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Country Road

September 29, 2015 - Stay tuned! I'll be traveling this road to watch the color change.
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Heading Out

September 28, 2015 - Maybe I should take a hint from this duck who seems to be heading south.
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In the Beginning

September 27, 2015 - Somewhat brisk this morning. Temperatures in the high 40's, calm and a little foggy.
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Morning LIght

September 25, 2015 - The second day of autumn and the colors are starting to show.
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Sun Kissed

September 24, 2015 - Still wandering around checking out different sites so I can share the fall color show.
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Early Autumn

September 22, 2015 - Scouting out places in Michigan to capture the fall colors. Stay tuned and watch the foliage change.
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Curiosity

September 10, 2015 - The deer seem to be everywhere. Could be some interesting photo opps once I figure out where the best areas are.
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Almost Autumn

September 06, 2015 - Here's where the new photo journey begins back in Michigan. Who knows where it will lead.
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"Bee-autiful"

July 07, 2015 - Out for a walk early one morning in Michigan when I came across a group of fading cornflowers. Guess this bee figured it...
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Young Buck

June 25, 2015 - He may have been young, but had no fear. At least he showed no fear of me or the camera. In fact, I think his curiosity...
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Foggy Bottom

April 11, 2015 - Out and about in dry weather for a change. As always, I did manage to get my feet wet. Guess that's my photo curse.
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Misty Morn

March 15, 2015 - Great forecast for the day. Arrived at the park before it opened and began the trek in 50 degree weather. At the first s...
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Foggy Bottom

March 14, 2015 - Out and about in dry weather for a change. As always, I did manage to get my feet wet. Guess that's my photo curse.
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Queen Anne's Lace

February 20, 2015 - Just an ordinary prolific weed. There's beauty to be found everywhere if you look for it.
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Missed Opportunity

January 06, 2015 - Undisturbed by anyone else but me, and my camera of course. A missed opportunity for whomever owned the boat.
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Missing Person

December 27, 2014 - All this scene needs to complete it is someone relaxing and connecting with the world around them.
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Family Time

December 14, 2014 - Sure glad I always have my camera at the ready. I lucked out taking a hike in a small wooded area near the city. Guess t...
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Blowing in the Wind

December 13, 2014 - Perfect timing. A slight breeze came along and the thistle seeds started their journey to begin the life cycle all over...
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All Ears

December 12, 2014 - You just never know what you're going to find walking a nature trail. This little fawn was very focused; probably more...
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Shades of Green

November 29, 2014 - If not for a ray of sunshine I would have missed this small dragonfly as he remained absolutely still.
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Lakeside

November 24, 2014 - Summertime in Michigan and a surprising 50 degrees which didn't do much for these old bones and thinned out Florida bloo...
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Tangled Web

November 21, 2014 - Sometimes it just takes longer to see what is around you, but if you pause long enough, it will suddenly be there. After...
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Camouflaged

November 15, 2014 - Almost missed this dragonfly as it blended in with its surroundings so well. Sometimes seeing takes some extra effort, b...
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Lazy "Daze"

November 08, 2014 - After running flat out for the past several weeks, this setting was a pleasant surprise and a welcome respite from the t...
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Mirror of My Mind

November 02, 2014 - Feels like my head some mornings
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Bee Balm (Monarda Fistulosa)

November 01, 2014 - After the Boston Tea Party, the Colonists needed a plant from which they could make tea. Monarda was the plant of choice...
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Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias Incarnata)

October 05, 2014 - Once again, I was getting my feet wet "schlogging"around in a marshy wetland looking for wildlife. This is about the wil...
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Bee Balm

October 04, 2014 - They say beauty is in the "eye of the beholder". Nuff said!
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Could It Be Peter?

September 24, 2014 - This was an interesting encounter. I'm coming around a bend on a sloping trail looking for birds and almost missed this...
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Monarch

September 09, 2014 - Got a chance to test the new telephoto lens. Saw a little flutter about 100 feet away and managed to capture this monarc...
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Thistle

September 08, 2014 - Even weeds can be beautiful. Feeling disconnected from the marshes at home so I found a pond and started trekking around...
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Family Time

September 04, 2014 - Sure glad I always have my camera at the ready. I lucked out taking a hike in a small wooded area near the city. Guess t...
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Mule Deer

August 19, 2014 - While visiting in Michigan I escaped from "the mall crawl", grabbed my camera and found a nearby place to reconnect with...
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All Ears

August 15, 2014 - You just never know what you're going to find walking a nature trail. This little fawn was very focused; probably more...
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Who's Leading Whom

August 13, 2014 - These guys have been around for a long, long time. They are one of the oldest reptile groups -- older than lizards, snak...
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Moonshine

August 12, 2014 - "That appearance of a navel on the orange is the result of a mutation," Moses says. The mutation created a conjoined twi...
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Supermoon Sunday

August 10, 2014 - I am accustomed to capturing these moments over the ocean. Finding a spot away from the city lights to capture tonight's...
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Misty Morn

August 07, 2014 - Great forecast for the day. Arrived at the park before it opened and began the trek in 50 degree weather. At the first s...
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Bad Hair Day

August 06, 2014 - While getting blown around on the trails at the Lloyd A Stage Nature Center, I found this male cardinal doing likewise,...
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