The final post (for now) of images from the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is a variety of images taken from the 1.5 mile trail around the lake. Learn more about the sanctuary here.

I suspect most of you have noticed I have started putting a copyright notice on my pictures. A number of you have encouraged me to do so and it is probably something I should have done earlier. I don’t mind people sharing my images, but please do so with the copyright. If you would like a jpeg copy without copyright info please contact me at julie.nemecek@comcast.net.

As always, I appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Scenic View

Scenic View


Birch

Birch

Red and Yellow

Red and Yellow


Summer's End

Summer’s End


Michigan Alligator

Michigan Alligator


Berries

Berries


Tree Fungas

Tree Fungas


Fall Reflections

Fall Reflections


Log

Log


Stump in the Woods

Stump in the Woods

Waterfowl and Red Tail Hawks

The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is the largest off-sight research area of Michigan State University. In addition to the swans of the previous post, there are also other waterfowl and the occasional rescue birds. Here are some of the other members of the cast.

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose


Mallard Drake

Mallard Drake


Mallard Hen

Mallard Hen


Drink and a Duck

Drink and a Duck


Lesser Scaup Pair

Lesser Scaup Pair

Red Tail Hawks

Red Tail Hawks


Red Tail Profile

Red Tail Profile

Swans

My spouse and I were able to visit the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on Friday; her first visit. In addition to the most common swan – the Mute Swan – the sanctuary hosts Trumpeter Swans and an Australian Black Swan. The Mute Swan has an orange beak and the Trumpeter Swan has a black beak (although immature Trumpeter Swans have a red and black beak). I enjoy the majestic beauty of the swans, especially in flight. I hope you enjoy these swan images. As always, your comments are appreciated.

Mute Swan (banded for tracking)

Mute Swan (banded for tracking)


Australian Black Swan Hiding

Black Swan Hiding


Australian Black Swan Portrait

Australian Black Swan Portrait


Trumpet Swans

Trumpet Swans


Immature Trumpeter Swan Grooming

Immature Trumpeter Swan Grooming


Feather Pillow

Feather Pillow


In Flight Black and White

In Flight Black and White

Feathers

Feathers

Swan and Wake

Swan and Wake

Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

Flyby

Flyby

Autumn

The smells and sounds of Autumn have started here in Michigan as well as some great Fall colors. In some spots everything is still green, but in other spots colors are near their peak.

A tree stand for deer hunting seems to be near every cornfield.

A tree stand for deer hunting seems to be near every cornfield.


A new telephone pole adds to the Fall colors.

A new telephone pole adds to the Fall colors.


Most field corn is still drying on its stalk, which the deer do enjoy.

Most field corn is still drying on its stalk, which the deer do enjoy.


The Great Pumpkin stopped by for a close-up.

The Great Pumpkin stopped by for a close-up.

Fading Gold

When the Golden Hour (see yesterday’s post) begins to fade, there is a shorter period where other pastel shades have their moment. Here are some shots from the same captivating farmscape during the time of the fading gold.

Across the Road

Across the Road


Hazy Barn

Hazy Barn


Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes


Landscape

Landscape with Geese

Sunrise Gold

Photographers refer to the magical, mystical time right after sunrise and right before sunset as The Golden Hour. Depending on many variables the rich, low, sun-enhanced colors may last just a few minutes or may extend well beyond an hour. Pat and I were hunting for a gravel road (so we could go slower as we looked for photo ops) when I saw awesome golden hour color, beautiful landscape, and rising mist. I quickly stopped (after checking my rearview mirror), backed up, pulled in, and took these pictures from vantage points all within 100 yards of each other. I hope you enjoy this Golden Hour.

From the Barnyard

From the Barnyard


From the Path

From the Path


From Behind a Tree

From Behind a Tree


With Geese

With Geese

The Orchard

I stopped by a local orchard on my home from last week’s less-than-sunny outing. Sure enough the sun peeked out. The orchard had just opened up for the day. I walked around, took a few shots, and ended my visit with a hot cider and an apple fritter right out of the fryer. Yummo.

Open

Open

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Mums

Mums

Rebranding

Rebranding

Better Days

Better Days

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