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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.

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.

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.

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)

Alone in a Tree

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Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I spotted this Green Heron as it was perched in a tree located near a wetland area in Ottawa County, Michigan. The sun was low in the sky and illuminated its feathers. It was hot at 90 degrees and very humid at the time.

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

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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

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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.

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