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.
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).
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.
In my opinion, this butterfly is a Silver-Spotted Skipper. If I am wrong, please let me know. I am not the best at identifying insects.
I did enjoy watching these butterflies over the last couple of days. The pair seemed to dance mid-air before landing on the flower of their choice. I admit I think I took over 500 photos of these flying beauties.
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.
I snapped this photo of a bee pulling out the flower petals to get to the nectar in the inner part of the thistle plant. I am sure there are technical names for each part of the plant. So, if I got them wrong I apologize.
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.
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.