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Standing Watch

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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

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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

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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.

Stealing the Spotlight

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I was photographing some cedar waxwing birds in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan today, this green heron decided it would steal the spotlight by flying directly over me. The waxwings took a back seat to the beauty of the heron as I moved my lens up quickly and focused in the moment it displayed its wings outstretched. (click on this and any of my photos to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Green Eyes

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this green eyed dragonfly as it perched on top of a stick that was above the surface of a pond today in Holland, Michigan. Its green eyes and pale blue body were a beautiful combination of colors.

Baby Swans

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BabySwans

 

Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Looking through my files I ran across these cute baby mute swans, or cygnets, I photographed as they swam with their parents in West Michigan.

 

 

Heron Reflecting

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Great Blue Heron wading through a local wetland area today in Zeeland,  Michigan.  I didn’t see it catch any fish while I was there, but I’m sure it found some eventually as it seemed to be looking for a meal.

Forest Shoreline

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I enjoyed this view of a green shoreline on a cliff near the blue waters of Lake Michigan in St. Joseph, Mi. The colors of the trees and lake were vibrant on this summer afternoon.

Shades of Blue

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

The waters of Lake Michigan can look different minute to minute as this photo I took seems to demonstrate. The view from an overlook in St. Joseph, Michigan shows a variety of marine craft including a sail boat which are dwarfed by the huge lake. I found the variations in blue and the patterns they created in the water to be very interesting visually and ever changing. (click on this or any of my images to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Wetland Beauty

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Great Blue Heron perched on a tree root in a Zeeland, Michigan wetland area. It was watching for fish from the higher vantage point the roots provided over the surrounding water.

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