Sign of Spring

This morning I saw the first robin of the year here as the skies were sunny and beginning to melt the recent snowfall. Its been a mild winter in Southwest Michigan, although the month of March has been colder and had its share of snowfall so far. I’m looking forward to no more snow soon until next winter 🙂

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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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Beauty in Nature

The local rooster decided to visit again today looking for the bird feeder overflow of seeds. This time he allowed me to photograph him much closer. I was impressed with the beauty of his feathers as you can see in the images below 🙂

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Winter Shore

Today I found this spot on the shores of Lake Michigan, an abstract mix of snow, ice, sand and water. This week continues to be unusually warm with more of the same until the coming weekend.

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Sand Dune

I spotted this group of children as they climbed down a large sand dune along the shore of Lake Michigan today. Giving a sense of scale to an image can add impact, especially when a given subject is as large as this sand dune was.

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Flickr

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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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