Trumpets and Mutes

In addition to the singular Australian Black Swan, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary has a few dozen white swans. The white swans are trumpeter swans (all black beak) and mute or common swans (orange beak). Here are some white swan photos and one interloper.

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Mute Swan

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Trumpeter Swan

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Profile

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Inahurry

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Housecleaning

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Naptime

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Canadian Goose Profile

 

Reflections

Sometimes the subject matter of the day lends itself to reflections in impressionistic images from the water or very stark modern geometric art. Here are a couple of images of both from last weeks bird sanctuary outing.

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Redbud

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Birches

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Reeds

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Environs

We took a rather circuitous (think lost) – but scenic – route to get to the bird sanctuary last week. Deciding to enjoy the moment, we stopped and took some pictures on the way. The red-bud and dogwood were in full bloom and seemingly everywhere. Here is some of what we saw on the way and a scenic shot from the bird sanctuary.

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The blue bird of happiness greeted us.

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Two Shores

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Dogwood

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Red Blossoms

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This stick was seemingly floating in mid air. I never saw any support for it. Can you?

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At the Sanctuary,

The Black Swan

The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in southeastern lower Michigan provides a safe haven for native birds and water fowl along with a singular black swan. Blacks swans’ normal habitat is throughout most of Australia. The black swan at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is believed to be an escapee from a zoo and is cared for year round. The white stripe across the bill of the black swan is a normal marking. The black swan is nearly twice the size of a Canadian goose with a wing span that exceeds 6 feet in adulthood.

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The swan was actively feeding and hard to catch in a quiet or dryer moment.

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Wing cleaning. Don’t try this move at home.

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Boardwalk

Cascades Park in Jackson, Michigan has a very beautiful walking path around an area with both beautiful plant life and animal life. My friend Pat (back from her summer estate in Florida) and I recently traveled much of the path. We saw a crane, a hawk, and a heron (all without pictures) and more. Some of what we saw, and captured in photos, is sampled below.

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in flight

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The Shack

Those that have followed my photo blog for some time know that I am partial to zoom lenses that can frame the picture in a variety of ways. Zoom lenses have some disadvantages (like more difficulty in low light situations and their weight) but I have preferred them for nearly 40 years for their ability to help frame the shot. They are especially valuable for wildlife photography.

The images that follow are taken from a stop Pat and I made on the way back from Naple’s Botanical Gardens. Pat had noticed a shack on the way to the gardens and pulled into an empty lot to get a better look. The first four images are taken from the same general spot, but with different size zoom settings from my 55-300 zoom lens. The last picture adds a bit of human interest from a different angle. (Go to the link below to see all pictures.)

If you missed a post ( like my recent water lilies post), or want to see some earlier posts, you can always find them at https://juliemariepics.com .

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A 62mm shot; slightly tighter than a standard 55mm fixed lens.

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Same spot with a 86mm lens.

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With a 110mm lens from the same spot.

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240mm from the same spot.

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Different spot with a little bit of human interest included/

Water Lilies

The Naples Botanical Gardens in Naples, Florida has a vast variety of plant life. This trip I was especially taken by the water lilies. These are my top 10 favorites.

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A traditional look in the midst of dark green lily pads.

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Pinkish flower bud in the midst of reddish pads.

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One brilliant flower with muted background.

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One with sunspot and shadows from the shore.

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One with lily pad and shore shadows.

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Purple with shadows from shore and clouds.

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Lily and pad in the clouds.

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Duo.

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Plethora.

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Flower, bud, and bee.

 

 

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