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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.

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

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)

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.

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.

 

 

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