Monday, April 15, 2024

EARLY SPRING BLOOMS

 

The first spring blossoms have chased some of the drabness of winter.  I especially love the combination of yellows and purples.

















Thursday, April 11, 2024

FIRST BIG ADVENTURE OF 2024

 

My friends Don, Diana and I headed to the Grass River Natural Area.  The 1,492 acre nature preserve is located in Antrim Country.  Home to northern fen and cedar wetlands, the area is full of birds and other critters.  Boardwalks make the trails navigable in all kinds of weather.  Yesterday was perfect.  We watched two mallards as birdsong filled the air.  We hiked to the river’s mouth, hoping to see loons but it was too early in the season.  We did see a bald eagle, migrating swans and a turkey vulture.  Among the three of us, we had three new knees, a bum ankle, and a bad case of sciatica but we still managed to walk 6000 steps, according to Diana’s watch.  Can’t wait for the next big adventure.





























Monday, April 8, 2024

WHOA!! WHAT WAS THAT?

 

I had just left M-37 and was heading into farm country when I passed a group of strange-looking birds.  At first glance I thought they were turkeys but their spots made me turn around for a second look.  I had no clue what they were until I got home and googled one of my pictures.  Turns out they were helmeted guineafowl, a bird native to South Africa that had been introduced as a domesticated species in North America.

















Thursday, April 4, 2024

DESOLATE DUNE

 

After I’d seen the cranes atop the Dune Climb and in the nearby wetlands, I returned a few days later to try photographing them again.  But the weather had turned cold and the pond was mostly frozen.  No cranes.  In fact, I didn’t see a single person or critter.  It gave me time to explore the dune from different roads and all angles.  The solitude with her was nice.














Monday, April 1, 2024

I MISSED ’EM

 

When I was in Florida visiting my brother a month ago, I hoped to see Roseate Spoonbills, but I was too early.  A couple days ago they arrived at the back pond right in his neighborhood!  These interesting waterbirds are such a mix of beauty and weirdness.  Thanks for sharing these wonderful images, Mark.