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Moment of Beauty

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I’m not sure the type of flower this is. I had it stored away in my files, but decided to post it tonight.

 

Equine Sunset

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I photographed this horse and rider on the shores of Lake Michigan as they enjoyed a sunset from the top of a sand dune. I had this image scanned recently from a slide I had filed away.

Green Climber

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I’m not certain of the type of bug this is, but I found it climbing a cattail in a wetland area of Zeeland, Michigan recently. It was small, approximately 1/4 inch long. I used my 50mm macro, having to stretch as far as I could to reach the tiny creature.

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.

Macro Beetle

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this beetle on top of a flowering cluster what I believe to be Queen Anne’s Lace today in Zeeland, Michigan. I used my macro lens to get a detailed view.

Forest Butterfly

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Golden Grass

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this beautiful golden dune grass growing not far from Lake Michigan a few days ago. The sun was lighting the grass as the wind gently blew them back and forth.

 

 

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