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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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 :)

Winged Tiger

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Photo Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I walked near sunset yesterday in a West Michigan wetland area, I noticed this Great Horned Owl watching me. They were known as Winged Tigers by early naturalists. (they were also called Hoot Owls and Tiger Owls). This one looked to be about 25 inches tall (63.5 cm). I was happy I had my camera with me :) (Click on the image to see an enlarged more detailed version)

Look to the Sky

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Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Clouds are one of the first subjects to inspire me to be a photographer. I couldn’t resist photographing a few today. They not only provide shade on a hot sunny summer afternoon, they provide life giving rain and fleeting beauty as they sail by. (A note of caution to anyone photographing the sun as I did in the first image- I was careful to use my video screen and pre-focus. Looking through your viewfinder toward the sun will damage your eye)

Bucolic Scene

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I ran across this very old barn in a country setting today.  I think many people share a special feeling about country scenes and the emotions they invoke. Who knows how many decades this old barn has remained standing as crops continue to grow near it every season.

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