On to Concord (and Back)

I set out on my own yesterday, as my usual photo safari companion was away. Concord, Michigan is a short trip from my home. I was on my way a bit before sunrise to catch as much of my preferred early morning light as possible. The sunflowers were near Spring Arbor. The animal shots were on my rather circuitous route back. The rest are…

Evening Drive

Due to busier than usual daytime schedules, Pat and I took an evening drive. It was a different light than we were used to, but we adjusted and captured some Pure Michigan beauty. Pat was the navigator and entirely by well-planned accident we ended up at the ice cream place to have green apple and caramel ice creams in a small twist. It was…

Among the Wild

Lat week’s photo outing took us out among the wild, er wildflowers. We both agreed that this was one of the most prolific wildflower summers we had seen. Queen Anne’s Lace has been especially plentiful. Here is some of what I witnessed in my adventure among the wild (wildflower, that is). CAUTION: If you are an arachnophobe, there are spider webs in three of…

Tigers

No, not the ones with the roar. The wild orange ones. Tiger Lilies. Tiger Lilies are my favorite flower, except perhaps for a rose that smells as good as it looks. Here are three captured tiger shots from last Wednesday’s photo safari.

The White Barn

Yesterday, Pat and I meandered through at least two counties on yet another photo safari. We saw at least a dozen deer, 15 or so turkeys, four Sandhill cranes, five turkey vultures, and one rabbit. We saw hundreds, if not thousands, of wild flowers. But Pat was on a mission to find a good old barn (and she had the wheel). So when I…

Flora and Fauna

While I do take other pictures, my favorite photography is nature photography; the flora and fauna of our world. These ten images are mostly flora images, but there are two fauna interested in the flora. Pat and I went looking for a field of wildflowers we had seen in a previous photo safari, but couldn’t find it so we meandered on gravel roads to…

Woman on a Mission

I was a woman on a mission; more specifically on Old Mission Peninsula north of Traverse City, Michigan. I joined my spouse for a trip to Traverse City — she for a conference and me to roam Old ┬áMission and Leelanau Peninsulas. The two peninsulas form Grand Traverse Bay. At 45 degrees north, the hills and protection from harsh winters (by being so close…

Pond Reflections

As we left the bird sanctuary on Thursday, we headed in the general direction of Chelsea; with side excursions down some gravel roads infested with biting flies. We didn’t get out. Along the way we came across a couple of personal ponds. They both appeared to be spring fed. I enjoy the abstract, almost impressionistic, quality of water reflections. Here are some of the…

Wild Flowers

When I left our condo to meet Pat, my spouse asked where we were headed. I replied “to gravel roads, blue skies, and the bluebird of happiness”. We found all three. We went to the largest Audubon site in Michigan: The Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary. As we stepped out from the woods, we were greeted with acres of wildflowers. These photos (click on the…

Gravel, Wildflowers & Visitors

Pat and I were south of Homer, Michigan in Amish country. We found the kind of gravel roads we seek and it turned out to be a day of wildflowers (and a few other things). I could not get a poem out of my head as we enjoyed a very beautiful morning. The poet is Gerard Manley Hopkins. Maybe the images will speak to…