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Polly’s Birthday Paddle

Yesterday was Polly’s birthday.  I had the pleasure to accompany her for an evening paddle.  It was a very calm evening; the water was flat.  The large birds were on display.  Here is some of what we saw. Here is Polly, just heading out. Polly was the first to spot this eagle.  It sat high in a tree watching us and all the surrounding area. […]

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Morning Kayak

The sun came out this morning and we got out on the lake.  At first the winds were calm and the water flat.  We saw a few birds, but it was pretty quiet.  There were more kayaks and paddle boards than motor boats. This kingfisher flitted from tree to tree ahead of us.  They never stand still very long. We caught sight of this eagle […]

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A Blue Sunset

We went over to Esch Rd. Beach the other evening, hoping to see a nice sunset.  It wasn’t spectacular, but I did get some images that I turned into a time lapse video.  It is short, but will remind me of our evening on the beach. I hope you all have a great holiday weekend. Mark

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Quiet on the Lake

We went out for a mid-morning paddle.  The lake was very quiet.  We had a very smooth surface and very little animal activity.  So, there’s not many animals in today’s photos. The water lilies were in full bloom and had great reflections due to the calm water. The only birds we saw were kingfishers.  This one stopped long enough in the tree so I could […]

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Summer Flowers

After a couple days of storms and wind, it is nice to see the sun shinning.  We have some zinnias and grasses planted in front of the house that were explosions of color this morning.  Here are some of the photos. There was a swallowtail butterfly moving from blossom to blossom. I also saw some kind of moth and a wasp. However, the zinnias were […]

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Flat Waters

It was a beautiful morning to be on the lake.  After a few windy days, the lake was very calm.  We saw a trio of juvenile green herons this morning.  We haven’t seen any green herons in a couple years.  These were clearly young and without the mature coloration.     And, surprisingly, we saw a great blue heron as well.  Not a great photo, but […]

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Around the Cabin

Hello, everyone.  I’ve been away from the cabin for a  few weeks.  Here are some of the photos I took yesterday around the cabin and on the path to the lake. Rose found this Cicada near our cabin.  There haven’t been very many near us, so I took the opportunity to photograph this one. These are some photos of the lakeshore from near our dock […]

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Baby Loon

I got out in the kayak this morning before the rain.  I had heard that we have a baby loon at the south end of the lake and I was hoping to catch a glimpse.  Well, I got more than a glimpse.  See the photos below.  These photos were taken with a long lens and are heavily cropped so as to not disturb Mama and […]

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Quiet on the Lake

It has been warm and dry up at the lake.  We went out in the kayaks this morning and there was not a lot of activity.  However, we did have some great finds.  Here are the photos. There are yellow irises growing along the shore at the south end of the lake.  Some were past their peak, but others were beautiful. There were lots of […]

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Trilliums

Another sign of spring – Trilliums! These photos were taken a couple weeks ago, but I’m just getting them posted. I missed the peak, but found these along M-115 between Cadillac and Mesick, one of my favorite sites for trilliums.       I guess its also dandelion season, too, and lady bugs.  This was right next to the trilliums.   Stay safe and enjoy […]

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