Category Archives: Orchestra Camp Colony

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Color, Reflections, and Things that Fly

Finally got back on the lake this morning after a long absence.  The lake was very flat making for some interesting reflections and easy kayaking. I’ll start with color.  Yes, the color is starting to change up here.  Not very widespread, yet, but you can see it coming. Although the sky was quite overcast when we started, the sun did finally come out, leaving some […]

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Calm Waters

We went for an evening paddle yesterday with a good friend.  She hadn’t been out in a couple weeks and, actually, neither had we.  The breeze was dying down and the water was getting calmer.  A great evening for a paddle. We were pleased to see the pair of loons out.     We chased this kingfisher down the shoreline until it decided to fly back […]

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A Lovely Morning Paddle

We headed out to the lake last weekend with a couple friends from OCC.  Neither had been out yet this year, so it was great they joined us.  Here are some of the things we saw. A pair of ducks feeding along the shore.   This tern was looking for breakfast. The water lilies are magnificent this year.   Lots of shore birds   Even an […]

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Quiet Morning on the Lake

We’ve been away for a couple weeks.  We finally got out on the lake yesterday morning and found it to be very quiet.  Gone were all the boats of the holiday weekend, but gone, too, was much wildlife.  It was later in the morning than our usual time, so maybe that was it.  Still, there was a lot of beauty to be seen. The water […]

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Back to the Lake

We made it back to the lake last weekend.  It is so good to see all the familiar sights of the lake; the birds, turtles, snakes, water lilies, and all the rest. This post covers three trips to the lake spread over about a week. Click on any image to enlarge it. First up, turtles. The turtles are abundant this year, but some mornings there […]

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Finally on the Lake

We were finally able to get our kayaks in the lake.  The sun was warm and the water was pretty calm.  We got out Monday evening and again Wednesday morning.  I’ve got lots to share. We found a green-winged teal standing on a downed branch.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one up here.  They are described as “Small blotchy duck.  Breeding males have a […]

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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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