Color For Winter

This bright and colorful Cardinal was a treat to see as it perched in some evergreen branches. This winter in Michigan has been unusually mild. There is no snow on the ground currently which is very rare in February for Michigan. Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s this week.

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For those of you who may not have noticed the link to Flickr where some of my favorite photos reside, please click on the image below to take a look 🙂

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Turbulent Waters

Last Sunday there was an unusually windy afternoon near Lake Michigan with gusts in the 40 mph range. I decided to see how the lake’s waves were as they came in on a frozen beach. I was surprised by the intensity of those waves as well as the color variations as the sun lit them from behind.

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I decided to create this image in grayscale, emphasizing the high contrast.

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As the sun neared the horizon, the color of the water turned golden.

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And as the sun ended the day, the color became more intense.

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Day of the Chicken

Today I had some unexpected visitors looking to get their share from a bird feeder’s overflow. They didn’t seem to mind my photographing them at the time as long as they got their lunch. Although the rooster gave me a pretty tough look as he walked away seeming to warn me not to mess with him or those under his protection 🙂

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Moonlit Flight

The best time to see the Supermoon in my area of Michigan was tonight. I was fortunate to also see this flight of Sandhill Cranes flying in formation as the moon was rising.

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Pink Surprise

I found this little pink colored surprise waiting for me outside my door today and had to share it here. It actually was quite large for moths I’ve seen, this one measuring about 4 inches wingtip to wingtip. Its been a while since I posted, hopefully I’ll have more time the rest of this summer. In the meantime, enjoy nature’s work of art here 🙂

Note: A good friend of mine pointed out that this is probably an Imperial Moth. Here’s a link with more info 🙂

http://www.carolinanature.com/moths/imperialmoth.html

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In Touch with Nature

With the sun shining brightly today, I decided to take a journey outdoors to get in touch with nature and at the same time hopefully find a few subjects worthy of capturing with my camera. You can be the judge if I succeeded 🙂

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Horses under a Willow tree

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The remains of seed pods near the shore 0f a river

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Reflections of trees along a river’s shoreline

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A landscape with interesting color, texture and contrast

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A gull swimming with its wake trailing behind

 

 

A Touch of Winter

Today brought a touch of Winter to Southwest Michigan. With the snow freshly fallen, I found this walkway as an interesting subject to show the beginning of the snowy season here.

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