Sleepy Owl

Snowy

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I enjoyed photographing this sleepy Snowy Owl. It was stretching its claws while standing on a concrete drainage structure in a field where it hunted. This Snowy could probably win the cutest bird of prey contest if there were such a thing, lol :)

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Dive of the Red Tail

DIVE

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I never tire of photographing Red Tailed Hawks. They are amazing birds of prey. Their distinctive red tail can vary in brightness and tone from cinnamon-red to darker shades. I caught the moment this one started to dive under the blue skies of Michigan.

Sing Proudly

SingingProudly

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I found this little bird singing proudly at the top of a tree today under a clear blue Spring sky in Holland, Michigan. I’m not sure what type of bird it is, maybe someone will comment as to what they think? This is the first day it’s really felt like Spring to me this year :)

Remnants of Winter

RemnantsOfWinter

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Some of Winter’s snow remained today in a wetland area of Holland, Michigan. I found this Great Blue Heron there amidst the reeds and melting snow. It was feeling like Spring as temperatures approached 50F (10C) in West Michigan with tomorrow expected to reach 60F (15.55C). (click on the image to see an enlarged more detailed view)

Log Slide

blue

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Looking through my files I found this photo I took in the upper peninsula of Michigan, west of Grand Marais. In the old days, logs were sent down a log chute to the waters of Lake Superior. Now everyone can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the shoreline.

 

Day’s End

DaysEnd

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I captured this moment yesterday as the sun was departing for the day over the cold and icy waters of Lake Michigan near the state park in Holland. Mounds of ice can be seen in the foreground with the open waters of the big lake beyond.

Ice Light

IceLight

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

Winter tries to hold on tightly this Spring in Michigan. I found these formations of ice on the Pere Marquette lighthouse yesterday in Muskegon, Michigan along the shores of the big lake.

Sand Mushroom

SandMushroom1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

As the mixture of sand and ice remain, nature creates sculptures when the ice partially melts. I found this example that to me looked much like a mushroom on the beach sands at Pere Marquette in Muskegon, Michigan yesterday.

 

Frozen Waves of Sand

WavesOfSand2

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I discovered this mixture of sand and ice along the shores of Lake Michigan yesterday.  It remains a cold Spring as much of the ice remains on the beach of Pere Marquett in Muskegon, Michigan.  The red lighthouse stands in the background amidst the frozen wonderland.

 

Red on Blue

NorthernCardinal

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this Northern Cardinal today in Ottawa County, Michigan. It was sunny with blue skies most of the day which made a great background for this colorful bird.

 

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