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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.

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.

 

 

Bizarre Creature

moth

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this tiny moth a few days ago in a local park. It was perhaps a quarter of an inch long. I had no idea the bizarre appearance it would display as I used my Canon Macro 50mm F-2.5 lens which allowed me to get in close enough to see it in great detail.

Storm Rolling In

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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.

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)

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)

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.

Hawk Flight

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This hawk flew in front of me recently near a wooded area in Zeeland, Michigan. I don’t remember seeing one like this in my travels. My best guess would be a Cooper’s Hawk which prefer to hunt in forested areas.

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).

Romantic Moon

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

The moon was particularly bright and sharp the last few nights with very clear skies over Michigan. I captured this image, framing the moon between trees in a local forested area. If you click on the image, you should see an enlarged more detailed image :)

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