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A Taste of the Sun

OrangeGlow

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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

Monarch1

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.

Purple Flowering

PurpleFlowering

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this purple flowering plant today in Ottawa County, Michigan.

A Scarce Plant – Indian Pipe

IndianPipeGroup

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I photographed this grouping of Indian Pipe plant today in Southwest Michigan. This plant is known to be generally scarce or rare in occurrence and was the first time I’ve seen it myself. This white plant does not contain chlorophyll. Being a parasitic plant, it derives its energy from fungi hosts. They flower from summer through early Autumn.

 

Standing Watch

Heron_Bridge

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Great Blue Heron today watching for prey over a local pond. Fish are among its favorite foods along with frogs. Both are in abundance at the pond it was searching.

 

 

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