Posted on May 11, 2017
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.
Posted on May 9, 2017
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.
Posted on May 6, 2017
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.
Posted on May 4, 2017
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.
Posted on April 27, 2017
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.
Posted on March 21, 2017
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.)
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Posted on March 18, 2017
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.