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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

FlyHeron

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.

Colorful Bird

CedarWaxwing

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This Cedar Waxwing was preoccupied with searching for insects over a pond in Zeeland, Michigan yesterday and didn’t seem to mind my close approach. I was happy to get this photo with my Canon 200mm F-2.8 L lens.

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).

Stealing the Spotlight

GreenHeron1

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)

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)

Daisy Pollination

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

This time of year is great for photographing flowers in Southwest Michigan. I found this daisy in a field of yellow flowers while an insect was pollinating it. If you click on the image you can see a bit more detail in an enlarged version :)

Intricate details

GoldDragonFly

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As I was about to photograph some blueberries I found in an abandoned orchard, I noticed this beautiful dragonfly as it landed near me. I quickly moved in and using my macro lens, captured the intricate details of its colorful patterns.

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