About the Artist.
LeeAnn McLaneGoetz is a retired automotive engineer who has turned her lifelong passion for travel and nature photography into a online website(s) to offer fine wall art for your home or office world wide. Her photography has taken her across North America – from the wooded areas of northern Michigan, to the deserts and mountain areas of such places as Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. LeeAnn has spent a great deal of time exploring the American Southwest, visiting Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California and Colorado. Yet, she can still find inspiration as well nearby in the natural and spiritual surroundings of her Macomb County, Michigan home.
Her portfolios of images are available for viewing online at McLaneGoetzStudioLLC.com Many of these images have been exhibited in galleries and art shows throughout Michigan. She also has a dedicated following of art fans not only in Michigan, but across the United States and beyond as well.
Take a winter walk on the Macomb Orchard trail. Discover beautiful trail birds. From the hairy woodpecker to the many colorful finches. The trail is a paradise of winged wonder. The best days are when the sun is hidden and a fresh snow fall has powdered the path. This is the time when you will see many of our feathered friends in the woodlands that outline the path.
The Macomb Orchard tail is a 24 mile long nature park. Its paved linear path is perfect for walking, hiking running and biking. The path was build on the footprint of the Canadian National Railway, from 24 Mile Road and Dequindre in Shelby Township to the northeast City of Richmond.
Trail Bird Friends – Hairy Wood Pecker
Trail Bird Friends – Red Male Cardinal
Trail Bird Friends – Female Cardinal
Trail Bird Friends – The House Finch
Trail Bird Friends – The House Sparrow
Trail Bird Friends – The Red Finch
Trail Birds Friends – The White-breasted Nuthatch
Trail Birds Friends – The White-breasted Nuthatch
Trail Birds Friends- The Mourning Dove
Trail Bird Friends – The American Gold Finch
Of course the Macomb Orchard Trail is also known to have a few Hawks, known as birds of prey. As their idea of a snack is sometimes one of our other feathered friends.
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Great Lakes 94% Frozen this is for the diving ducks
Of course only crazy photographers and bird watchers would venture out when the temps dropped to record lows to see the migration of diving ducks, near the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron Michigan.
Friday February 27,2015, The sun was shinning bright begging for all of us hibernating Michiganders to come out side and play. Then as we opened the door to the outside world Mother Nature reminded us who was in charge as the temps dropped to record lows. I bundled up with my military cold weather gear good to -40F below. I thought I will be toasty warm during my photography trip to Port Huron to see the migrating diving ducks, for the most part I was, but still felt the sting of the cold and concern for frost bite in the fingers, toes and nose. This is considered the kind of winter weather that can be deadly.
So how is it our feathered friends seem to thrive in the cold open waters near the Port Huron Bridge . You think they would turn in to a block of ice. These diving ducks migrate to the open waters near the Blue Water Bridge in search of food.
The merganser male and female ducks paddle up the recently opened channel in the St Clair river waters North to the edge of Lake Huron ice flow and float back. On the way they seem to hop into the air and dive deep into the cold waters. As time passes you start to think they must have froze to death, as they disappear for long periods of time. Then all of a sudden you will see them pop to the surface with a morsel of food in their mouths. Their feathers are coated in ice as the drops of water quickly freeze. They do not seem to mind the cold, but instead thrive. The waters this time of year are clear and a blue turquoise green. You can see the bottom of the channel and the birds as they swim deep to pick up a zebra mussels that seem to be one of their favorite snacks.
These mergansers are joined by the Oldsquaw, also known as the Long-tailed ducks. These ducks seem to express their opinion on the cold a little more. Or the one below has just developed a very cold stare.
Art of the Splash by LeeAnn McLaneGoetz McLaneGoetzStudioLLC.com
Did you ever wonder how Splash Art is created?
Below is one of the many ways photographers can create their own unique and beautiful Splash Art.
From the 2-6-2015 Lecture given Seven Ponds Nature Center Photography Club in Dryden, Michigan by LeeAnn McLaneGoetz
I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you have a love of splash art this will give you a special behind the scenes insight of the work that goes on to create these unique and beautiful one of a kind fine art creations.
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Birch tree by the ocean
I was looking for inspiration for a painting I have been working on for some time now ( a backyard fence; on my 3rd panel)
I left off with some birch trees and was considering putting a beach and bench chair..was told that birch do not grow anywhere near a beach…
While looking through landscape pictures I came cross yours with what I had somewhat visioned except steep hils, more birches and maybe some dunes
I was quite impressed with your picture! Since I was told it may look silly if I combined birch with ocean, I would put in a lake….
Well, wanted to let you know that you have given me inspiration for my mural and will once again consider my beach panel…I live an hr. away from cape cod and with our frigid and snowy winters, I so desperately crave my summers. This is what I’ve done for me because everyone needs a little joy in their life.
I wanted to write and thank you for your picture!
The streams along the Macomb Orchard Trail, near Washington, Michigan, flow at different rates and depths creating a lot of ice creatures and drama. Mother Nature has hidden many gifts in the ice, and if you go out and explore you will discover some of her ever changing hiding spots.
I was amazed to find that Mother Nature had frozen a trout in the ice. Look closely on the Right side and you will see the frozen entrée on a crystal ice platter.
After seeing the frozen trout in the ice, my walk along the trail became a magical adventure to see what else Mother Nature had frozen with her winter magic. My next find was one of the best a beached whale looking for the sun.
So as the winter temps drops and winds start to blow, remember that Mother Nature is busy creating hidden treasures for you to discover.
3 beginner mistakes that every new photographer makes
The perfect event is in progress and you are starting your photographic journey. As you arrive at the event you discover mistake #1. The new camera you just purchased is still at home.
#1 Make sure you have your camera with you.
You run back home grab the camera and head back to the awesome event. You pose a few of your best buddies and flip the on switch…. You discover mistake #2 A dead battery.
#2 Make sure you have a battery with a full charge, and a spare battery with a full charge.
Lucky for you a friend at the party also has the same camera and loans you his fully charged battery. You repose the group, turn on the camera and press the button. You just discovered mistake #3 you forgot to put a memory card in the camera.
#3 Ensure you have an empty formatted memory card in the camera.
Again your friend comes to the rescue and gives you one of his memory cards and reminds you to format it for your camera.
Master these 3 mistakes and you are on your way. Although this may seem like common sense, you will find that every photographer no matter how experienced has had to relearn they basic easy 3 steps to better photography.
I talk to the wild animals when I shoot. I ask them to smile, to move away from a fence or to pose in a certain way.
Many people walking by may think I should be wearing a white coat with the ties in the back, but I have found the animals seem to understand. I always am delighted when they do what I ask. For all those that think this is a little strange, I only have to ask one question, “Do you talk to your pet”? I bet in the privacy of your home you do.
Above is the Amur Tiger that I asked to smile.
Below is a Wolverine that I asked to look my way, he seemed to be listening and understand.
And a snowy owl that seemed to have a conversation he wanted to share.
So the next time you get a chance to talk to the animals, do not pass it up.
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