Posted on October 31, 2015
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, I appreciate your thoughts and comments.
Posted on October 27, 2015
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.
Posted on October 25, 2015
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.
Posted on October 13, 2015
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.
Posted on October 10, 2015
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.
Posted on October 9, 2015
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.
Posted on October 7, 2015
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.
Posted on October 5, 2015
Sandhill Cranes are abundant in our part of Michigan. For a couple of years I have been trying to get a quality shot of a Sandhill. They are very skittish and typically move away when they see you . . . even at distances of a hundred yards or more. These images were taken in a cul-de-sac where someone had left food out for them. They were used to people so I was able to get within about 20 feet. Learn more about Sandhills – including their raucous rasping call – here.
Posted on October 2, 2015
In addition to the Japanese Garden (which was about a two-hour visit}, we visited a small portion of the rest of Meijer Gardens. These pictures are from outside of the Japanese Garden.