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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)

Purple Flowering

PurpleFlowering

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

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

Blood…

blood

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

If you’ve ever wondered what a mosquito looks like after taking a bite out of you, here’s one with a full stomach. The mosquitos were out in force this afternoon when I spotted this one at rest. I’m not sure who’s blood it is full of. I’m not sure I want to know…  (click image to see an enlarged more detailed version)

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.

 

 

Spectacle in the Air

FlyHeron

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I was happy to get very close to this Great Blue Heron today as it was flying in a local wetland area. I saw three more nearby, but this was my favorite flight photo from today. (click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Peace Among the Green

Green_Duck

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

The waters of a local pond reflected the surrounding green foliage as I found this duck floating peacefully among lily pads today.

Colorful Bird

CedarWaxwing

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This Cedar Waxwing was preoccupied with searching for insects over a pond in Zeeland, Michigan yesterday and didn’t seem to mind my close approach. I was happy to get this photo with my Canon 200mm F-2.8 L lens.

Seizing the Light, Arresting Flight

SweetFlight

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

“I have seized the light. I have arrested its flight.” - French scientist Louis Daguerre 1839 -   This quote seemed appropriate on several levels for the photo I took toward sunset yesterday in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan. I froze the Cedar Waxwing in flight, while it was lit with golden light. Daguerre is perhaps the most well known father of photography, having created the daguerreotype (French: daguerréotype) process in 1839. (Click on the image for an enlarged more detailed version).

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