Category Archives: Orchestra Camp Colony

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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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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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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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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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