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 Winter Solstice

Beautiful day here in mid-Michigan. Today is the first official day of winter. The day will be short and the night long.

Canadian Geese enjoying the sun on the Maple River

But for now, the sun is shining brightly. I cannot ask for a better day, especially for this time of year.

Happy Winter Solstice, my friends.

Until next time…peace

Happy International Raccoon Appreciation Day

I did not know there was an entire day dedicated to raccoons. Don’t let those cute little faces fool you, raccoons are pesky little creatures.

To keep them from destroying my bird feeders, I actually have to grease the poles. I must look like a right fool out there greasing the poles to my bird feeders. But the silly process works.

Happy World Photography Day

How long have you been taking pictures? When I was 12, my grandfather gave me an old 126 film camera.

I thought I had the world. Compared to today’s cameras, the 126 is a dinosaur. But I still remember the feeling of setting up displays or photographing nature. Over the years, my photo skills have drastically improved. Bu my love for nature is still as strong as ever.

I wish he could see how my photography has changed over the years.

And, how a simple camera was the start of a lifetime adventure in photography.

Until next time…peace

Polar Vortex to Ice

Last week was freezing here in mid-Michigan. The Polar Vortex gave us unbelievably frigid temperatures. Along with biting cold, the bone-chilling wind chills made me want to stay indoors. Then, we had a brief warm up to almost fifty degrees. And, now…well…we have ice everywhere. I am afraid to ask what Mother Nature has in store for us next.

 

I just know he (or she) is telling me, “Excuse me can you fill your bird feeders? So I can sit out here, eat, and drive your dogs insane.”

I took extra care on keeping my feeders full. I had numerous winged visitors and a few furry ones.

I think the bird was giving me the evil eye because I was interrupting lunch. Notice the thin layer of ice on the branches?

Even though, I generally do not mind winter. I mean, the changing seasons is why I enjoy Michigan. But, I must admit, I am looking forward to Spring.

Until next time..peace