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I often see Turkey Vultures flying over my property.  They are not the prettiest bird, but are so graceful in flight, I enjoy having them around.

They rarely come close enough to be photographed, so I was very surprised when this one landed on my line post the other day.  He did not stay long, but I managed to get a couple of shots.

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This Dragonfly rested on my window screen one chilly morning.  He stayed until the day warmed up, so I had a rare opportunity to get some closeup shots.

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At this time of year, turtles come out of the ponds to lay their eggs.  I found this one on my lawn last week.  I have come across a couple of good sized ‘snappers’ lately, but I make sure to keep my distance from them!

 

Pleasant Walks

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The last time I photographed this road in the park it was snow covered. I much prefer seeing it this way!

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Came across these lovely Michigan Irises at the Nature Conservancy a few days ago.

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Wild Geranium were blooming there too.

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Had to look this one up in my field guide (which is falling apart). It is Greater Celandine. Don’t remember coming across this before.

Orioles

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I was a little late putting jelly out for the Orioles this year.  The weather was so cold, I wasn’t even sure they were around.

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They soon showed up when I got around to it. 🙂

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A red-bellied woodpecker dropped in to see what was on the menu. I don’t know if they like grape jelly, but the Titmice and Purple Finches certainly do.

Warming Up.

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Starting to see some wildflowers on my walks.  This Marsh Marigold survived the hard frost and looks much happier than the last time I saw it.

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Bloodroot is about the first to bloom, and there is a nice patch of it in the Park.

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These Daffodils have withstood freezing temperatures, high winds and snow.  They are much tougher than they look!

Fickle April

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A few days ago I was enjoying warm sunshine as I took photos of my Forsythia in bloom.

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Yesterday it snowed almost all day, and there was a heavy frost overnight.

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Found a Marsh Marigold almost ready to bloom at the Conservancy this morning.  It did not look very happy!

Budding

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Temperatures climbed well into the sixties yesterday.  What a treat to be outside without the usual jacket, hat, scarves and gloves!

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I did not have to stray far from home to find more signs of life.

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Cats certainly know how to make the most of a little sunshine!

Today we are back in the thirties with snow squalls!  Sometimes I really hate Spring!!

 

Welcome April

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Two days in a row of sunshine and mild temperatures encouraged me to get out with my camera.

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Looks like my neighbor’s Forsythia is almost ready to bloom.

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My entire state is basically under house arrest until at least the end of April, so it was a real treat to be outside enjoying the sunshine. I have been spending far too much time in the recliner lately!

 

New Life

March is not the prettiest month here in Michigan.  As the snow melts, it leaves behind a world beaten down and devoid of color.

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But today I found the first signs of returning life.  My Day Lilies are pushing up through the dead grass and leaves.

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I don’t know the name of this shrub, but it is always the first to leaf out. It seems to happen overnight.

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The barn cats, Boo and Otis were pleased to see me outside and joined me on my walk. They appreciate the warmer temperatures as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moon-set

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This morning the moon was setting as the sun rose, and I was ready with my camera.

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The contrast between the bright moon and dark sky makes it a difficult subject, so I waited patiently for the sky to lighten.

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It seemed to grow larger as it dropped below the trees and was partly hidden behind a cloud.

Sometimes I complain that my body clock no longer allows me to sleep in, but there are perks to being an early riser!

 

 

Day Trip

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Unpredictable weather has kept me housebound a lot lately, so when Sunday blessed us with sunshine and milder temperatures I dropped everything and drove to Port Huron.

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Lake Huron looks pretty much ice free, but I spotted quite a few ice floes floating by.

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We have had more rain than snow this winter and experts are warning that water levels on the Great Lakes are at an all time high.  I could certainly see a difference here since my last visit.

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Waves have created some interesting ice sculptures along the shore. Despite the sunshine, the wind off the lake had quite a bite to it. I would taken more photos, but frozen ears and fingers soon had me retreating to the warmth of the car!  I tend to be a fair weather photographer after all! 🙂

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