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The Wet Birds of Wakodahatchee

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach, Florida provide an up-close experience with birds of many species.  On a rainy January day, wood storks, anhingas, and great blue herons caught my attention during the rain and after.   The Wood Storks Not far along the boardwalk, visitors encounter a tree full of wood storks.  These giant, prehistoric looking creatures were building nests, flying from tree to tree and returning with […]

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Watkins Glen – The Gorge, Not the Raceway

Watkins Glen, NY, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake, has been known to auto racing fans as a premier NASCAR racing track, having originally opened in 1948 as a Formula 1 track.  I know nothing about that, as my interest lies in a much, much older attraction, the 400-foot deep gorge cut by Glen Creek, starting some 12,000 years ago.  Lauded by Mark Twain in […]

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Ropey Pahoehoe on a Tree? In a cemetery?

It was my third trip to Elmwood Cemetery.  I had packed my gear and was just about to get in my car when I looked up at the tree I was parked next to. Ropey pahoehoe (pa-hoey-hoey) lava immediately came to mind (although, I confess that I had forgotten its name and had to look it up here).  Though running late, I unpacked my gear […]

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Sandhill Cranes at Kensington Metropark

Last weekend, my friend Raaj and I ventured to Kensington Metropark in southeast Michigan.  Our goal was to see what we could photograph in overcast, drizzly conditions.  When I entered the park,  a pair of relatively tame sandhill cranes stood off the side of the road.  What an exciting surprise!  I had never been so close to these birds in my other endeavors, and would have stopped to […]

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Elmwood Cemetery: Introducing the Grave Guardians

I visited Elmwood Cemetery this past weekend with a couple of friends.  While there, one of them was excited to learn that Bear Bryant’s grave was in the cemetery.  Who wouldn’t want to take a picture of a famous football coach’s tombstone (Bear would have been 103 – he was born on 9/11/1913).  The website gave precise coordinates, down to three decimal places – pretty cool!  He […]

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Summer Carnival in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s summer carnival has come and gone for the year.  It’s been 15 or so years since I last went with my daughter – or should I say, the last year she went with me. That had something to do with my favorite ride, the scrambler. I love(d) the G-forces as the circle-within-a-circle centrifugal force combined to slide us hard to the outside of […]

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Street Photography on St. Patrick’s Day

Let me start by saying that street photography is not my thing, at least not when it comes to bringing people I don’t know into pictures.  I love to photograph architecture and street details, but when it comes to featuring strangers in my photographs, I am not comfortable unless their faces aren’t showing (as at right).  That’s why I joined an A2 Shutterbugs meetup hosted […]

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Birds of Prey – Howell (MI) Nature Center

The Howell Nature Center in lower Michigan rescues injured birds of prey and other wild animals and invites the public to meet them. Today, I had the opportunity to photograph their birds.  The Nature Center offers an array of wildlife education programs and today’s photo shoot was my introduction to their services.  Nature Center staff did a terrific job of explaining the background of the birds, how they […]

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Sandhill Cranes Nesting in Michigan

It had been five years since I first photographed sandhill cranes returning in the evening to their nesting site in Mud Lake Marsh.  This was at the Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary near Jackson, Michigan, a Michigan Audubon Society preserve.  That was my first real exposure to photographing birds in the wild … if you exclude seagulls. Getting Started This year, National Photography Workshops in Ann Arbor arranged […]

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Fall Color After All

Last week, I carped that this has been a bad year for shooting fall color.  But, quite by accident I found that the reality was I was looking in the wrong places.  I don’t mean to say that I found a grove of wonderfully-tinted trees at peak color – it’s getting pretty late for that.  Instead, while trying out a new lens, I learned that I […]

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Finding Fall Leaves

I found it a bit challenging for shooting fall leaves in Ann Arbor this year.  Maybe it was me, but peak color waited for a frost that never came, and then the colors peaked at different times, followed by wind that blew leaves off of trees much more quickly than in past years. Here we are in November and we haven’t had a hard frost, and our days […]

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Halloween 2015

Here’s hoping you had a fun Halloween…  

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Those Crazy Rabbits

Rabbits drive us crazy at home.  They eat our flowers and make babies that are just the right size for our dachshund to think he should eat. At dinner, we sit on our patio and get to watch a rabbit build its nest just 10 feet away – it isn’t scared of us and only hops away if we get within 6 or 8 feet.  If we pick the nest apart, she […]

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Graffiti – The Art Within the Art

When others do the original artwork (or architecture, or landscape, or …) and we think the creation makes for a cool subject, it’s not enough to simply take a picture and call it a done day.  As photographers, we must bring a fresh view to the subject.  Otherwise, taking the picture is an act of photojournalism, at best, and plagiarism, at the worst.  I wrote about this after […]

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Ice at Argo Dam

What better subject to contemplate before my departure to Hawaii than ice conditions in Ann Arbor.  Taken on the same day as Argo Cascades in Winter, at about 8 degrees Fahrenheit, this is what you see looking down at one of the dam’s spillways.    The dark area is the water flowing under the ice.  If you click the image to zoom in, you can better sense […]

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