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Life Cycle

seeds1

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found about half the seeds gone on this little flower, which resulted in an interesting pattern. From the image you can see where the seeds are held before the wind eventually pulls them away. I used a shallow depth of field to help the subject separate from distracting background elements.

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Fungi

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this fungi growing while I went for a walk last Sunday. It had emerged from a tree that had fallen long ago in a local West Michigan forest.

Pollination

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this flowering plant as it was being pollinated on a warm July day in Michigan.

Green Glow

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this fern in a Muskegon, Michigan forest today. It appeared to glow beautifully as the sun lit it up from behind.

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Sharp

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this fresh teasel growing in Ottawa County, Michigan today. The back lighting effect from the sun with the dark background accentuated the sharp lines and texture of the plant.

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Before the Bloom

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I believe this to be a type of lily which I found before it’s bloom in Ottawa County, Michigan this week. It will be interesting to come back to see what it looks like after it blossoms. I used a Canon 200mm F-2.8L lens for this shot.

Lupine Plant

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

The Lupine plant, genus Lupinus in the pea family.

I found these in Muskegon County, Michigan yesterday along with some Karner Blue butterflies. The caterpillars of the Karner Blue feed only on the Lupine and can’t survive without it. Since the habitat for the Lupine has been reduced dramatically, it’s affected the Karner Blue population, which is currently an “at risk” species.

British Soldiers Lichen

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found these British Soldier Lichen, Cladonia Cristatella, growing today in the Allegan State Game Area in Michigan. They are found throughout the state on decaying wood and in open fields. The red tips are reproductive structures.

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Winter Crystal

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

A tiny ice crystal about 1/8 of an inch (3.18 mm) was suspended from a small growth coming out of some green moss on a tree trunk that I found in Ottawa County, Michigan today.

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Winter Red

Copyright Jeffrey Foltice

I found this group of red berries after a recent West Michigan snowfall. The red of the berries really “pops” with all the white surrounding them.

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