Burst of Orange

This male Baltimore Oriole discovered some pieces of fruit in the suet cake I had placed outside recently. Its burst of orange feathers caught my eye and moments later I was photographing him as he enjoyed a snack. The coloring was bright and vivid adding beauty to the day.

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Red-bellied

I had placed an orange outside to see what birds might be drawn to it. To my surprise, a Red-bellied Woodpecker took some interest. Its red head and patterned back along with the subtle, but unique, coloring of its belly made for a beautiful sight 🙂

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“i” in the Sky

The sun and its reflection in Lake Michigan formed a beautiful “i” with the sunset last night. The beauty of nature never fails to amaze me. I hope you enjoy this moment as I did capturing it with my camera 🙂

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First Steps

I captured the moment this little one walked from a man to a woman, most likely its parents, on the north breakwater light in Ludington, Michigan’s Stern park as the sun was setting. This lighthouse was voted one of the top 10 lighthouses to see in the U.S. by the Weather Channel. I think this family moment added its own beauty to the scene.

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Stars in My Eyes

The Petite Pointe Au Sable Lighthouse (The Little Point of Sand Lighthouse) was completed in 1874 along the shores of Lake Michigan. Its light rises 108 feet over the waters to signal ships the location of the shoreline. I had photographed it recently during the day and decided to try the same subject at night with the sky full of stars this time.

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Here is a wider view of the same scene shown below

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Look Ma, No Wings!

I found this pair of birds today ( House Finches? ) as one was showing off, speeding through the air without the use of its wings. Of course that was just for the split second I froze the moment with my camera 🙂

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Robin

I saw this Robin fly in today and couldn’t resist grabbing my camera. The Robin is the State bird of Michigan.

The wind is picking up as warmer air comes into my area of Michigan. It should reach almost 70 degrees today, but some areas just a bit south of here may reach 80 degrees! 🙂

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Red-Winged Blackbird

I found this Red-winged blackbird yesterday as it was resting on a yellow colored signpost. This is the closest I’ve been to one, that is if you don’t count the ones that have dove at my head over the years. They are very protective of their territory and will do that if you inadvertently get too close to a nest, as I have done.

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Yellow Gold

This American Goldfinch decided to visit today. I was happy where it landed allowing me to use the lattice as a framing device for the photo. It was pausing for a moment with a sunflower seed in its mouth 🙂

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Discovery in the Grass

I found this Northern Flicker yesterday as it was sitting in a field under sunny skies. I like this angle which displays the distinctive red mark on the back of its head. The Northern Flicker is a member of the woodpecker family. I’ve seen a few over the years, but this is the closest I’ve been to one.

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