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Color in the North

FallColor

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Fall color in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is always a pleasure to see. I found this scene with a nice dark sky as a backdrop to help set off the colors even more.

Colorful Drive

Autumn_Drive

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Autumn in Michigan is a great time to go for a drive as this photo I took clearly demonstrates :)

Autumn View from Michigan

Porcupine_Mountain_Fall

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Autumn view of the Porcupine Mountains area in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula early one morning as a mist formed over the river below.

Spikes

 

SpikingPlant

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this unusual looking plant recently near a Southwest Michigan lake. I’d be interested to see if anyone knows what this might be :)

Colorful Caterpillar

Caterpillar

 

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this colorful caterpillar on a reed recently in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan. Perhaps someone reading this can comment on what type of caterpillar it could be.

Cardinal Beauty

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Photos  Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I finally had the opportunity to photograph Cardinal flowers growing in the wild. I’ve heard how beautiful they are, but seeing is believing. They thrive in wet conditions and that’s where I found these, near a bridge in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan today.

Forest Butterfly

ForestButterfly

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found what I believe to be a Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly peacefully resting on a plant just above the forest floor. I made the discovery as I was hiking recently in an Ottawa County, Michigan wooded area. I’ve seen these fly by often, but rarely get the opportunity to approach one at rest.

Gathering Clouds

RisingStorm

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Shortly before sunset yesterday, large billowing clouds were growing toward the east. I captured the moment with a forest line pictured in the foreground.

Field of Forever

FieldOfFlowers

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this field of flowers that seemed to stretch on forever when I went out yesterday. It’s amazing what we can find practically in our backyards if we just take the time to go out and look :)

The Beauty of Joe-Pye Weed

JoePye

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium) growing in a local wetland yesterday. The name of the plant originates from Joe Pye (Jopi in the native tongue) who was a Native American healer in the New England area during the early 1800’s. He used the plant to treat fevers.

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