It’s hard to get the whole group together for a family portrait - though I’m working on it. The mom is busy sitting on another clutch of eggs. She does emerge to eat, now and then. I just have to convince them all to eat at the same time.
I’ve been supplementing their normal diet with meal worms…placing them on this tree stump in our yard. I’ll be posting more of the family in the near future. Stay tuned.
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The sun is about to emerge from behind the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse and pier. Another beautiful start to a Lake Michigan morning. The expanse of sky and water makes the lighthouse seem tiny. Even smaller, is the fishing boat to the right of the lighthouse – seen as just a dot on the horizon.
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When it comes to fireworks, my favorites are the big ones – the huge bursts of color that fill the sky. This is a big red one from the July 4th celebration at Kewaunee, WI. 2014. A few days ago, I posted another full-sky burst: Burst of Blue. To see even more fireworks shots, click on the “Fireworks” category in the left-hand margin of this page.
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When shooting local fireworks, I like to be close to the water because I think the reflection adds a lot of interest to the image.
In the foreground, to the left, you can see one of several pontoon boats in the harbor that offered a front row seat to spectators. They seem a bit blurry because this photo took several seconds to catch the full burst and the boat was moving.
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You can’t beat a well restored antique car to keep a guy’s interest. I love the shine of the brass and the controls on the steering column. I’m convinced, if you stare into the rear-view mirror, before long, you’ll begin to see the past.
I snapped this image at the annual car show that’s held every spring in Algoma, Wisconsin. I’m not sure the make and model of this auto. I should probably take notes while I’m shooting.
This rose may be one of the most beautiful flowers I’ve ever photographed. It is not perfect or without blemish, but there’s something about its soft blush of pink and the gentle furl of its delicate petals that captivates me; makes it difficult to look away. I snapped a lot of frames of this bloom over a couple of days. (Please excuse my gushing. I understand, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may not have the same effect on everyone.)
I found this beauty in, of all places, the small flowerbed of a motel in Branson, Missouri – the Yellow Rose Inn & Suites. They had a nice variety of blooming flowers around the property but, ironically, there were no yellow roses.
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In early spring, these lush green umbrella-like plants can fill patches of the forest floor.
Here’s some information available on Wikipedia…
Podophyllum peltatum, commonly called Mayapple, or May Apple, (or hogapple, Indian apple, mayflower, umbrella plant, wild lemon (flavor of the fruit), wild mandrake, American mandrake (shape of rhizomes) or “devil’s apple” (used for Solanum linnaeanum elsewhere)), is a herbaceous perennial plant in the Family Berberidaceae, native todeciduous forests in of eastern North America. Like many other spring ephemerals, it emerges from below ground before the canopy of the forest opens, and then slowly withers later in the summer; the foliage is, however, somewhat more long-lived than other spring emphemerals such as Trillium.
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This is quite a departure from the typical sunrise or flower photos I often post. It’s all about interesting color and pattern combinations. You may not like snakes, but I hope you can appreciate the beauty in the scales on this snake’s skin. It reminded me of cobblestone.
This is the curve of a Western Fox Snake that stopped by for a visit recently. To view another image of this snake, see my previous post: Forked Tongue
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