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Seasons Greetings

December 17, 2017 - This is me, Mannie, celebrating my first "Holidaze" with my new family. Looking back over the past 9 months since we met...
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Burnt Orange

December 15, 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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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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Golden Glow

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

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

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

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

November 09, 2017 - In addition to quiet and tranquility, a Japanese garden typically has many things to offer anyone interested in photogra...
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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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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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In the Garden

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

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

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

October 20, 2017 - Sometimes, cloudy skies are a plus.
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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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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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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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On the Edge

June 13, 2017 - Sun and clouds always make for interesting sunrise captures.
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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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All By Myself

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

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

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

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

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

May 28, 2017 - Seems like morning is bath time for everyone around here.
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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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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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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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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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Early to Rise

May 15, 2017 - Looks like it could be a glorious day. Maybe spring is here.
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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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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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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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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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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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Move It!

April 07, 2017 - Have you ever been there? This is the swan version of "back seat driver".
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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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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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I Can't Hear You

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

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

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

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

February 14, 2017 - Posing for the photo.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Side by Side

January 19, 2017 - Late October and the color show continues.
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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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In for A Landing

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

January 05, 2017 - More finches than feeder access holes.
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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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The Couple

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

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

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

December 11, 2016 - Driving around looking for signs of early color.
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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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In Transition

December 05, 2016 - About a week before the colors came on strong. It was like a preview before the show.
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Over and Done

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 03, 2016 - The maples always put on a show this time of year.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Watching and Waiting

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

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

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

July 14, 2016 - Thought I was being very stealthy. Guess again!
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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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Floating Along

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

April 01, 2016 - This buck saw me clearly; I almost missed him completely.
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On Alert

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

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

February 14, 2016 - I spotted this "spotted robin" just as I was about to put the camera away for the day.
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Touch of Color

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