Storm Rolling In

StormClouds2

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Some storm clouds rolled into Southwest Michigan today. It was a strange mixture of clouds, heavy rain, hail, blue skies and lightning that went through this afternoon. I caught this interesting formation as it passed by.

Scenic Moment

PurpleFlower1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this flower in an Ottawa County, Michigan field yesterday afternoon. I used my Canon 200mm F-2.8L lens to get in close and have nice separation from the green background. (click on this or any of my images to see enlarged more detailed versions)

Alone in a Tree

HeronTree

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this Green Heron as it was perched in a tree located near a wetland area in Ottawa County, Michigan. The sun was low in the sky and illuminated its feathers. It was hot at 90 degrees and very humid at the time.

A Taste of the Sun

OrangeGlow

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I walked past this flower, but its glow caught the corner of my eye and I went back to investigate. It was beautifully illuminated by the sun. I decided to use my Canon 50mm F-2.5 lens to reveal the details and vibrant colors of the flower, including orange, yellow, green and pink. (Click on the image to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Summer’s Wings

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Seeing Monarch Butterflies each summer is always a treat. I found this one replenishing its minerals in some gravel recently. I’ve seen more of them this summer that I remember seeing last year. I have heard their habitats have been diminishing, so it’s reassuring to see they are still around.

Balancing Act

DuckDisplay

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this duck relaxing on the railing of a bridge at a local wetland a few days ago. It decided to stretch its wings one at a time while balancing on the opposite leg. I caught the moment before it decided to fly to the water to swim.

Beauty in the Wind

BlueButterflyWindy

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this tiny blue butterfly,  perhaps an inch wide, as it was finding nectar late this afternoon. It was remarkable that the small insect could do so in the very windy conditions that preceded a storm that is expected to come to the area tonight. (Click on this or any of my photos to see an enlarged more detailed view)

 

 

Hunting Mosquitos

MosquitoHunter

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this damselfly perched on a leaf and ready to fly as it was waiting for its prey to get in range. It seemed to be hunting mosquitos. It won’t go hungry anytime soon because this has been a very bad year for mosquitos. (Click on this or any of my other images to see an enlarged more detailed view)

Sunshine in a Field

Sunshine

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

It was like finding sunshine in a field when I spotted these yellow flowers blossoming today in Ottawa County, Michigan. (Click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged, more detailed version)

Purity

Purity

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this white flower growing near an Ottawa County, Michigan field today. The white flower glowed with purity as the sunshine found it.

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