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.
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.
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 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.
Over this past weekend, I attended the annual event, Silver Bells in the City which held at our state’s capitol in Lansing, Michigan. The event marks the start of the Christmas season with a tree lighting ceremony. And, yes, being in Michigan, the weather is cold for this event. But I absolutely love the light parade, tree lighting, and fireworks over the capitol.
Sometimes, braving the cold is a necessity. I find singing Christmas carols with complete strangers while standing in the middle of the street a great way to start the holidays.
Is there an annual event in your area to celebrate the Christmas season? I would love to hear about it.
Yes, I know it is not officially winter. But the mid-Michigan weather suggests otherwise. We have been experiencing frigid temperatures. Anyone who follows this blog knows I love sunsets (and sunrises). So I still think the caption is fitting.