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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.

Water Dance

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Photos Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this Great Egret in a nearby pond this afternoon. I was happy to capture the moment it took flight from the water as well as when it flew overhead. It’s amazing how light and perspective can change the look and feel of a photograph. These photos were taken seconds apart :)

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.

Flaming Oak

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this oak leaf that had changed color in a Southwest Michigan park recently. The shape and color reminded me of a flame.

Flower Climbing

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this insect climbing onto a flower recently. It looks to be some kind of wasp, but I’m not certain. In any case it went on to pollinate the flower before moving on.

Purple Marsh

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I ran across the marsh area full of purple loosestrife a few days ago in Southwest Michigan. The colors were quite striking with the surrounding greens of the marsh and the blue sky overhead.

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.

Scenic Moment

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this flower in an Ottawa County, Michigan field yesterday afternoon. I used my Canon 200mm F-2.8L lens to get in close and have nice separation from the green background. (click on this or any of my images to see enlarged more detailed versions)

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