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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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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Water Skimming

I found this pair of Bufflehead ducks skimming along the water yesterday. Their skill in flying so close to the waves and each other was a sight to behold.

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Confrontation or Greeting?

I captured this moment as a gold finch was feeding and another bird, perhaps a house finch or purple finch, flew in very close. Was this just its way of greeting a fellow avian, or was it a confrontation? I prefer to think they were saying hello 🙂

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All Ears

This little rabbit perked its ears up for a moment while in the middle of nibbling on a few seeds that had fallen to the ground from a nearby bird feeder. I’ve noticed a larger variety of wildlife beginning to emerge as the weather is warming up 🙂

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Passing Through

These starlings paused to rest as they seemed to be passing through the area. I’ve noticed bird activity starting to pick up lately. Despite recent snowfall, they seem to sense Spring is on the way 🙂

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Flight

A moment of flight frozen by the camera can sometimes be a challenge to capture, but always fun to see. At 1/1,250 of a second late in the day, I had to use an ISO of 3200 for the lower light conditions.

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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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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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