Lighthouse, Lake & Beach

Michiganders will likely recognize the distinctive lighthouse at the Holland Harbor entrance. The building was constructed in 1907 and is an historic landmark.

I am usually careful to check my camera settings before heading out to shoot, but this time I didn’t. My camera was set to use a special effect setting. I liked the images and share some of  them with you. I quickly changed the settings to more familiar ground and took some additional shots. Captions (when used) will give you some needed context for the images.

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Red-Headed Grandson

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Grandson Chasing Seagulls

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Grandson and Dune

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Dr. Mallard

In my homage to NCIS, here are some Mallard photos from the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

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Morning Stretch

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In the Air

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On the Land

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On a Date

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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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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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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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