Category Archives: Southwest Michigan

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Summer Flowers

After a couple days of storms and wind, it is nice to see the sun shinning.  We have some zinnias and grasses planted in front of the house that were explosions of color this morning.  Here are some of the photos. There was a swallowtail butterfly moving from blossom to blossom. I also saw some kind of moth and a wasp. However, the zinnias were […]

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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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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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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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Eclipse Photo Composite

Well, this is probably the last of the eclipse photos I’ll post.  I put together a composite image of 9 photos across the time of the eclipse. You can see a larger view by clicking on the image. Mark

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Eclipse Time Lapse Video

I photographed the eclipse yesterday at a near-by park.  My goal was to take a photo every minute and make a time lapse video.  Well, the clouds interfered with the first few minutes and then intermittently after that.  However, I did manage to put something together.  I’m sorry it is a bit jittery, but the clouds did interfere some.    

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Initial Eclipse Photos

Here in southwest Michigan, we had about 85% coverage for the solar eclipse.  No, not the total eclipse that others had, but still a pretty neat experience.  I claimed my space at the local park, got my gear set up, and watch the clouds roll in.  However, the clouds finally moved on and I only missed the first 15-20 minutes of the show.  Here are […]

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