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.
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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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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Have you ever looked at a bare wall and thought, I would really like to buy art, but I am concerned I will get the size all wrong.
Well this little tool should help remove some of those concerns.
Based on the Art should fill 4/7 of the wall space general guideline.
The Native American people call Elk, “Wapiti”, or “light colored deer”.
I had the pleasure to spend a day with a large Michigan Elk herd near Gaylord, Michigan in May. I found the entire herd to be very accepting of my human form and camera. I was careful not to get too close and risk a possible charge. The Elk are very large (350 to 900 lbs) animals with their backs well over my shoulder and with a full set of antlers I would say they would be 7-9ft off of the ground. If they decided to charge I could not out run them, so I was happy to see that they accepted me with only mild curiosity.
If I approached too close, I was given the nervous lick, that let me know that I had stepped into the danger zone, at that point I slowly backed up till the licking of the lips stopped.
I did not get to see the full set of antlers on the bull (Male) elk, as the elk lose their antlers each March and start to grow them back in May. By late summer they will grow full size antlers (up to 4ft above the head), in time for the late summer breeding season. I did see a few of the bull elk that had a fresh set of sprouting horns covered in new velvet.
I was honored several times with some of the bull elks lifting their heads to bugle. The sound is surprisingly loud. It definitely gets the attention of his females in the harem.
All of the elk currently in Michigan, are the result of repopulation. Michigan’s native elk disappeared around 1875. Today it is estimated that Michigan has 900+ elks in the wild, and managed with a limited number of hunting permits.
One of the greatest honors as a photographer is being accepted by a wild animal and being able to photograph them in their native environment. This was one of the great moments in the May photo adventure.
Snakeshead, adder’s root, arum, wild arum, arum lily, lords-and-ladies, devils and angels, cows and bulls, cuckoo-pint, Adam and Eve, bobbins, naked boys, starch-root, wake robin, friar’s cowl and jack in the pulpit, this sign of spring has many names.
To most of us in Michigan, it is known as jack in the pulpit. The sign that spring will soon be preaching. The forest will soon be alive with,
Lily of the valley, one of the nicest smells of the forest floor.
And the creeks will be filled with marsh marigolds.
Welcome spring. We all celebrate the promise of warmer days that inspires hope in all of us.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”…Matthew 28:6
According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to have occurred between AD 26 and 36. Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe John 19.2
Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!