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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.


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.


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


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


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


Wild Geranium were blooming there too.


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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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



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

Fickle April


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


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


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



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


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



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


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


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


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.


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


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.









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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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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