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Turtle Sightings

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Turtles are on the move.  It must be time for them to lay their eggs.  I spotted this one trying to do so in the middle of my front lawn.  Seems the digging was a little too hard there and she made her way over to the side lawn.  I left her in peace, so I’m not sure if she was successful over there or not.

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Came across this Snapper in the Park the other day.  Always careful to keep my distance from these big guys!

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I found this one at the beach.  Not sure if it was a snapper or not, but was careful not to get too close.


Escaping The Heat

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Saturday promised to be too warm for working outside, and Lake Huron was calling, so I once again headed East.

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I headed north from Port Huron, stopping first at Port Hope, then continued on to Lexington.

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The jetty at Lexington Harbor has a paved walk, which takes you right out into the Lake, where a stiff breeze tempered the heat, and offered wonderful views.

Today is going to be even warmer, and I will soon have to break down and put on the AC.  I much prefer open windows and fresh air,  but as the outside temperature approaches 90 degrees, I reluctantly close the house up and flip the switch, grateful that I have this option.


Signs of the Season

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As May gives way to June, The Black Locust Trees are blossoming.  The white blossoms show up particularly well against a clear blue sky.

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Dame’s Rocket is also blooming now, and is putting on a colorful show in the woods and roadsides.  Sometimes I am frustrated at how well they thrive without human assistance, while the flowers in my garden often struggle and die in spite of (or perhaps because of) my tender loving care!

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There are at least three families of Canada Geese in the Park.  Hard to get good photos as the parents are very protective and like to keep their distance.

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Looks like my semi-wild apple trees will have a good crop this year.  These trees must have been planted by the people who owned the land before we moved here, and I have never sprayed or given them any care.  I just leave the apples for the deer to enjoy.

 


May 23, 2017

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My offering of grape jelly has attracted at least one pair of Orioles to my deck. They are quite wary and usually fly away as soon as I pick up the camera, but I managed to catch this one the other day.  I have also seen a male Hummingbird at the feeder I put out a few days ago, and business should pick up once the young ones fledge.

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We have had a lot of windy days lately, which makes wildflower photography quite difficult, but I managed to snap a couple of Trillium in the woods the other day.IMG_4289

Oak Trees are among the last to leaf out, and the tiny new leaves are bright red.

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Young Pine cones are quite colorful too, and it looks like there will be a good crop this year.


Sweet May

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After a wet and chilly start, and some frosty nights, May is finally bringing some truly Springlike weather.  The woods were so beautiful this morning with the tender new leaves such a vivid green, a photograph really cannot do it justice!

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The windless morning made this part of the lake a reflecting pool.

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It is a good year for Lilac, and I could not resist bring some into the house.  The sweet smell fills my living room.

The warmer weather has inspired me to put out my hummingbird feeder.  I have heard Orioles in the Park, so I have put some grape jelly out in hopes of attracting them to my deck.  No takers yet, but soon I hope.

 


Trip to Canada

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I spent Easter weekend in Canada, visiting family, where I was rousted out of a warm bed before dawn by my daughter in order to witness a beautiful sunrise.  In spite of my grumbling, I must confess, it was worth the effort!

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This wonderfully gnarled old tree stands near the edge of Lake Ontario, just a short distance from my daughter’s home.

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I was surprised when I came home to see how much Spring had advanced in just three days.  The baby Lilac Buds I photographed just a few days ago are bursting out, and some of the trees are beginning to leaf out.  My lawn and pastures are a vivid green, and mowing season is definitely under way.


No Lamb in Sight!

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Well, we are now almost halfway through March, and there is no sign of any lambs yet!  Last Wednesday falling temperatures and high winds knocked out power to a good part of the state, and I was without heat, light and water from Wednesday until Friday.  I heard on the news this morning, that there are many people still out, and I really feel for them.

The lake in the Park, which was completely free of ice a couple of weeks ago, is now almost completely frozen over, and to add insult to injury, we have several inches of snow on the ground.

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I finally managed a couple of shots of a male Cardinal as he waited his turn at the feeder.  The feeder has been busy and I hope my offerings are helping these tiny creatures make it through the bitterly cold nights.

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This Tree Sparrow was almost too quick for me, but I managed to catch him in flight.

Less than a week until the Official start of Spring.  If only Mother Nature would cooperate!


Signs of Spring

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After about a week of unseasonably warm temperatures, we are seeing quite a few signs of Spring.  The ice has retreated from the lakes and ponds, and the Canada Geese are back in force.

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The Pussy Willow is beginning to bud, and the Park was full of the sound of Redwing Blackbirds this morning.  Not only are the Robins back, but I actually heard one singing the other day!

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I have been a little lax in refilling my bird feeder, but with the snow all gone, and the summer-like temperatures, I don’t think it is needed as much.

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Today is wet and chilly, and colder temperatures are on the way, but these last few warm, sunny days have been a wonderful break.  March in Michigan is very unpredictable.  It often brings warmth and sunshine, followed by a major snowstorm, so we cannot afford to let our guard down just yet!


Icy Stream

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We managed another walk at the Conservatory the other day.  Still some ice and snow on the trails, so I had to tread carefully, but was glad I made the effort.

The level of the stream was down a little since I was here last, and snow and ice made for some interesting shots.

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Scared up at least a dozen deer from the meadow.  The most I have seen since hunting season ended.  Unfortunately they spotted me before I realized they were there, so all I saw was white tails disappearing into the woods.  No chance for a photo. 😦


New Snow

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I was surprised to wake up to a couple of inches of snow on the ground this morning.  Not sure it was in the forecast.

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Apart from the inconvenience of having to shovel my way to the barn, it was not unwelcome.  After so many dull and gloomy days, it did brighten up the landscape, and I even caught a glimpse of blue sky, which means we might actually see the sun today!

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It does make a welcome change from all the foggy, wet days we have been experiencing for the last few weeks.

More snow heading our way tonight, so will have to gear up for Winter again.