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Sunset and Milky Way

Last Friday evening was a calm, clear evening.  I checked my PhotoPills app, my nighttime photo planning tool, and saw that the Milky Way would be prime, running from south-southwest straight overhead to north-northeast.  The moon wouldn’t be rising until after midnight.  So, I decided to try to capture the Milky Way.  Because Traverse City is northwest of my location and would cause lots of […]

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More Lake Photos

We got out on the lake for an evening kayak the other evening.  Here’s a few pictures. Although we have seen loons on the lake, we don’t often see a loon in flight.  One flew in from behind us and was quickly out of sight. A pair of loons was fishing near the south end of the lake.  We watched as they dove and resurfaced. […]

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Highlights from the Lake

It has been a while since I’ve posted any photos from the lake.  Here are some of the highlights from the week or so. Last week I took an evening paddle.  I no more than got started and I looked up into the tall pines near us and saw this beautiful bald eagle.  It was quite content to sit there while I took pictures.  It […]

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More Turtles

Back on the lake this week.  Here’s some more turtle photos.           I did see other animals, too, but will save those for another post. Mark

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Backyard Birds

We bought a wren house a number of years ago and finally put it up this spring at the new house.  It didn’t take long before we had a pair of wrens move in and start decorating.   I love their musical chatter in the trees.   Eventually, there were baby wrens to feed.     Mom and Dad are constantly on the move, and haven’t […]

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Birds and Turtles (for Barb)

We got out on the lake a week ago (sorry I’m slow at posting these) and saw more birds and turtles, no snakes. It was a good morning to see turtles.  These were on the point across from OCC. These were at the south end of the lake near the Horton Creek inlet.  I think this is a personal record, 18 turtles in one image. […]

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Spring (?) at the Lake

We finally got the kayaks on the lake this weekend.  The lake has thrown off the blanket of winter, but seems to be slow in waking up to spring.  It was still good to be on the lake to see what it offers. We chased this pair of merganser ducks most of the way around the south end of the lake.  We would get close […]

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At the Bird Feeder

Our new neighbors have a bird feeder that brings in all kinds of birds and even squirrels.  Here’s a few photos shot through our back window.       I hope you have survived the latest winter storm.  We have gone from wind chills of -40 to a temperature of 55 degrees in the last few days.  The snow is melting quickly, but there is […]

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Winter Storm Bruce

We woke up this morning to 4-5″ of wet heavy snow.  If nobody had to drive in it, it would be pretty.Well, even then it is still pretty.  Here’s a few pictures for all my southern/warm weather friends.              

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More Fall Color

We were at OCC a week and a half ago.  Although the color is fading, there was still some nice color.  Here are some photos taken in the colony.                     I hope you are enjoying this fall season. Mark

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