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More Eagles and a Heron

We were at the lake for the holiday weekend, but didn’t get out onto the lake until Tuesday morning.  I’m really glad we got out.  We were rewarded with not one bald eagle, but two.  And, we got very close to a great blue heron.  Here are the pics. Just as we headed south from the OCC shore, just past the reeds, we found a […]

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Eclipse Photo Composite

Well, this is probably the last of the eclipse photos I’ll post.  I put together a composite image of 9 photos across the time of the eclipse. You can see a larger view by clicking on the image. Mark

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Bald Eagle and Red Headed Woodpeckers

It was a bright, sunny morning on the lake.  We had no more than started heading toward the south end of the lake when we spotted the bald eagle in a tall pine tree along the shore.  Unfortunately, it didn’t stay put very long, and I was a ways off when it flew.  I did manage to get a couple photos.   A bit further […]

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Eclipse Time Lapse Video

I photographed the eclipse yesterday at a near-by park.  My goal was to take a photo every minute and make a time lapse video.  Well, the clouds interfered with the first few minutes and then intermittently after that.  However, I did manage to put something together.  I’m sorry it is a bit jittery, but the clouds did interfere some.    

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Initial Eclipse Photos

Here in southwest Michigan, we had about 85% coverage for the solar eclipse.  No, not the total eclipse that others had, but still a pretty neat experience.  I claimed my space at the local park, got my gear set up, and watch the clouds roll in.  However, the clouds finally moved on and I only missed the first 15-20 minutes of the show.  Here are […]

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Baby Robins

I’ve been blessed to have a robin’s nest just outside my office window.  I have watched the robins build the nest and sit on the eggs.  Now, the eggs have hatched and there are three baby robins being fed non-stop by their parents. These photos were taken with a long lens from inside so as not to startle the robins.           […]

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More Birds on Duck Lake

The lake was as smooth as glass Sunday morning.  The kayaking was easy.  Other than a couple water skiers and a slow pontoon boat, I had the lake to myself.  And, as usual, there were several treats waiting for me. I was just getting started and not expecting to see anything so quickly.  However, this heron was sitting on a branch and posed long enough […]

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Home Flower Garden

This is the time of year when the flowers in Rose’s flower beds are really beautiful.  Although I took these photos a couple weeks ago, and things change every day, they are still beautiful.  Here are some photos from the garden and yard. Hostas (aka Deer Candy or Deer Salad) have a nice blossom.   The butterflies seem to like monarda.       Rose […]

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Birds of Duck Lake

It was a perfectly calm morning on the lake.  The surface was like glass.  In our kayaks we headed over to the point with all the logs in the water to see the turtles sunning themselves.  However, there were no turtles.  In fact, as we paddled toward the south end of the lake, there were no turtles, no birds, no wildlife at all.  Continuing along […]

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Baby Loon is Growing Fast

It was another beautiful morning to be on the lake.  Just as I got into the kayak, mamma loon started calling and dancing to distract me from the young one.  I just sat in the kayak with the camera capturing the beauty of the show.  Here’s some of the photos. In this shot, you can see the chick as the blurry black spot behind the […]

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