Signs of Spring: The Return of the Swans

“That is one good thing about this world…

there are always sure to be more springs.”

L.M. Montgomery

I just love watching the beautiful swans. I am always so happy to see their return. For me, the return of the swans is a sign of spring.

Until next time…peace

National Save The Eagles Day

Did you know today, January 10th is National Save the Eagles Day? I could not imagine life without these majestic birds to photograph in the wild. I could photograph Eagles all day long. They are beautiful to watch even when they are munching on their latest carcass.

This beautiful Eagle was in my neighbor’s tree. I am so happy everyone in my neighborhood does not think anything of me standing in the road while I take pictures of animals around their property.

The Bald Eagle and the Golden Eagle are the only two found here in the USA. I applaud all conservation efforts to save the Eagles all around the world.

Until next time…peace

Majestic Eagle

I love to photograph Eagles. To me, the high-flying bird is a wonder to watch. This Eagle seemed to sit perfectly still watching over the Maple River. I am sure he could see every little creature moving as he looked for his next meal.

I know the photo is not the best. He or She (I cannot tell the difference) was actually faraway. The picture is cropped to enhance the image.

When I was a teenager, my best friend died of cancer. He always said, if reincarnation existed, he would come back as an Eagle. Needless to say, every time I spot an Eagle, I think of him.

Until next time…peace

Bridgeville Beauties: Egrets

Ok…I am not bird a expert. I am just guessing. But, when the Egrets and other water birds begin to gather, I know summer is coming to an end. Hard to believe right now, the temperatures are still in the 90-degree range with high humidity. Yet, from my photo adventures, I can tell you colder weather is just around the corner.

I snapped this photo over by the dikes, yes, that is a local term. I know there is a formal name for the protected wetland area. I just cannot remember. (I keep telling myself to photograph the sign, but I get distracted by the wildlife).

Doesn’t this little Egret look unhappy? I can just hear him/her saying, “I am trying to catch my dinner and she keeps snapping that camera. How distracting.”

Until next time..peace

Osprey

Ok, before I begin, I want to say this is not one of my finest photos. In fact, the photo was taken at a great distance. The image is also heavily cropped. But, I still like it. So I thought I would share. If you look closely, you can actually see the baby Osprey peeking over the nest.

I am hoping to get a better image. But for now, I am extremely happy with this one.

Until next time…peace

Bridgeville Beauties: A Family of Canadian Geese

I didn’t see this little family of Canadian Geese at first. I originally was just snapping a few photos of the landscape. But the adult geese let me know I was close. I backed away, trying not to disturb them. But the adult geese quickly ushered their goslings into the water.

The family of Canadian Geese was a pleasant surprise to photograph.

Bridgeville Beauties: Turkey Vulture

There’s something about these birds that I just love. I know, they are not the prettiest. But I do love to watch them. This Turkey Vulture was busy feasting on a dead carcass when I snapped this image.

He (or she) shuffled off the feasting area long enough to stare back at me. Then, slowly strolled back over to finish lunch. Now, I used a long lens to take this photo. But the Turkey Vulture was still unsure of me. So, I snapped a couple more photos and went on my way. I did not want to disturb his meal too much.

Right Place, Right Time

I always say nature photography is a game of chance. You must be in the right place at the right time. I know the photos of Bald Eagles are not perfect. But I could have watched them all day long. The majestic birds were actually in the middle of a field. Since I lost all my equipment in the fire. I only had what was available. (A camera that was gifted to me, which I am extremely grateful for. I would not have taken the pictures without it.)

Anyways, the pair, feasting on a dead carcass, were not disturbed by constant camera clicking. Of course, I did not stay long. I was afraid of scaring them away from their meal.

Until next time…peace

Flooding in Michigan

In mid-Michigan, we are experiencing flooding. Even though my yard has lots of water, I am fortunate. Many areas in Michigan are at a complete loss due to the heavy rains, flooding, and dam failures. For me, the flooded fields bring a chance to experience nature.

I admit I am glad no one can see me in my waders as I wander out into the flooded field. I only go where I can judge the depth of the water. Personally, I love to stand in the middle of the flooded field and just watch the natural world around me.

 

I am not sure who was more startled…me or the duck.

Even though the hawk was far away, I still snapped this photo. I love how his talons hang down. He (I think) was looking for his next meal.

The carp were enjoying the sunshine and warmer waters on the edge of the field. I know the carp are just bottom feeders but I love to watch them.

Further down the road, the Maple River is running fast. In fact, the water is just up underneath the bridge. I obviously stood back from the water to snap photos.

If you are near flooded areas, please be safe.

Until next time…peace