A Painted Turtle Enjoying the Sun

Usually, the turtles jump into the water when I approach. But this particular Painted Turtle was enjoying the sun too much. As if to pretend I wasn’t there, he (or she) just turned toward the sun. I bet I took over 100 photos of this turtle.

Until next time…peace

Happy World Snake Day

Did you know today, July 16th is World Snake Day? The unofficial holiday raises awareness of the different species of snakes. With over 3,500 species of snakes around the globe, only 600 are known to be venomous.

I am generally not afraid of snakes. I actually enjoy photographing snakes and other types of wildlife.  In fact, numerous Garter snakes hang out around my chicken coop. But, I will tell you, when I opened the coop door the other day, a snake fell down from the rafters and hit my hand. I do believe the entire county heard me scream.

Do you have snake stories?

Until next time…peace

Happy World Turtle Day

Today, May 23, 2020 is World Turtle Day. I love to photograph turtles. And yes, I am one of those people who will stop to help a turtle safely across the road.

This is a Blanding’s Turtle, the first time I had ever seen one in the wild.

A baby turtle swimming away after I let him/her go. The little turtle was found in a field that was being plowed. So I let the little one go in the back pond area.

The next photos are from a Snapping Turtle who came up to lay eggs in my yard. I photographed this beautiful creature at a safe distance.

She is headed across my yard back down to the water. What a beautiful creature!
I love her eyes.

Do you have a turtle story? I would love to hear it.

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

 

Happy Earth Day!

This year most of us will celebrate Earth Day at home. Since Mother Nature is gracing mid-Michigan with snow right now. I know I will be indoors most of the day.

A Common Grackle

But, I still plan to feed the birds, plant flowers when the weather is right, and do what I can to help the planet Earth.

What is your Earth Day pledge?

Signs of Spring

Even though the wind still holds the winter chill, the sun is shining brightly today. I am ecstatic to see the first signs of spring. Don’t get me wrong I am positive old man winter is not done with us. But, the early signs of spring always provides an extra mood lift.

The Sandhill Cranes have been voicing their return. Their deep throating rattle is music to my ears as they fly high above me.

The return of Sandhill Cranes always means warmer weather is on the way.

The Canadian geese are very vocal down on the river flats. The snow is slowly melting away.

I see Robins searching for food in my yard. The Red-Winged Blackbirds are singing loudly. The slight warm-up brings good cheer to all creatures, not just humans.

Well, until next time…peace