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.











Thursday, March 28, 2024

Frankfort North Pier Light

 

It was another blustery day and I headed to Frankfort to capture the wind and waves bouncing off the lighthouse and pier.  I incorporated the beautiful dunes in some of my photos too.  Even with the clouds, it was a good day for picture-taking.












Monday, March 25, 2024

LONG TIME NO SEE

 

I hadn’t seen a deer all winter but there’s a neighborhood near Empire where they frequent.  I love seeing these critters!  From the looks of their shaggy coats and the amount of scratching they were doing, I think they’re shedding their winter garb.


 








Thursday, March 21, 2024

A GOOD SUNSET


I had a wonderful evening around Empire with friends Don and Diana Burton.  Dinner at Friendly’s.  Sandhill Cranes near the dunes.  The sunset at Empire Beach, which always attracts sunset worshippers.  This night was no exception, even though the temperatures hovered in the thirties.  Where did our spring fling go?












Monday, March 18, 2024

BLUSTERY LAKESHORE


 Blustery winds drew me to the Lakeshore.  Winds from the north brought whitecaps and waves.  Winds from the south only produced chop.  Except for water sounds, the area was quiet.  Both the Glenn Haven Canning Company and the Dune Climb had zero visitors.  I returned with my friends Don and Diana a few evenings later for the sunset.  The dune had one visitor then, a Sandhill Crane silhouetted atop the highest dune.