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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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Back on the Lake

It was good to be back on the lake this spring.  This particular morning, the water was very smooth. The sun was bright. The sun was warm.  Here are some photos of the morning. This hawk seemed to have no fear of my paddling close by. There was no wind and the water was very smooth.  There were a few shore birds posing this morning. […]

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Another Layer of Fresh Snow

We got another inch or so of fresh snow last night. The ice from yesterday starting to fall from the trees, replaced by the snow sticking to all the branches of the trees. Here are a few images from this morning. Every bush, every tree branch, every weed is covered with a layer of snow. The bird here doesn’t seem to be bothered by the […]

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New Year Day Ice

Welcome to 2021! In spite of many things we will be glad to put behind us, 2020 had some really good things I am thankful for. I hope each of you can reflect on some of the good from the previous year. Here in southwest Michigan, the new year brought with it freezing rain followed by snow.  Although that made travel difficult, it left behind […]

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Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn – Well not Quite

We headed out to the local park last week in hopes of seeing the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.  Unfortunately, we live in southwest Michigan where the clouds build in the evening from being near the lakes.  So, just as the sky was getting dark, the clouds moved in. But, so as to not waste the trip, I got a couple other photos I will […]

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More Fall Color

The fall color in northern Michigan has been spectacular this year.  I took these photos a few weeks ago, and am finally getting them posted.   This first group of photos is at the Grass Lake State Forest Campground located west of Interlochen about 3 miles off the paved road, just off Reynolds Rd.  There were no campers on this cloudy day.  The campground is along […]

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