Category Archives: Orchestra Camp Colony

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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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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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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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Eagle in the Morning

Another beautiful morning on the lake.  Not much activity, though.  A couple turtles and shore birds, but pretty quiet.  Then I spied this eagle soaring above. Darn!  It was too fast and I was too slow to catch him coming at me.  But, then it circled back … just doing lazy loops over my head. Finally, it flew straight at me overhead. and came in […]

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