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Trail Birds

Macomb Orchard Trail Birds

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.

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Winter on Macomb Orchard Trail

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.

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Snow Arch on Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

 

Trail Bird Friends – Hairy Wood Pecker

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Male Hairy Woodpecker Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – Red Male Cardinal

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Winter Cardinal on Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – Female Cardinal

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Female Cardinal on Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – The House Finch

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House Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – The House Sparrow

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House Sparrow on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends  – The Red Finch

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House Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Birds Friends – The White-breasted Nuthatch

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Red Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

 

Trail Birds Friends – The White-breasted Nuthatch

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White – Breasted Nuthatch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Birds Friends- The Mourning Dove

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Mourning Doves on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

Trail Bird Friends – The American Gold Finch

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American Gold Finch on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

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.

Trail Bird Friends- The Red Tailed Hawk

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Red Tailed Hawk on the Macomb Orchard Trail, Washington Michigan Trail Bird

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Treasures Mother Nature has hidden

Treasures Mother Nature has hidden

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by LeeAnn McLaneGoetz

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.
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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.
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So as the winter temps drops and winds start to blow, remember that Mother Nature is busy creating hidden treasures for you to discover.

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Clear Blue and Frozen

Clear blue and frozen. At -5 F the bubbles blown freeze instantly resulting in a world, seldom seen by most.
Clear blue and frozen. At -5 F the bubbles blown freeze instantly resulting in a world, seldom seen by most.

The Deep Freeze of 2014 also known as the Polar Vortex  hit Michigan hard and with it we had some extremely cold temperatures – 18 F. Time for some outdoor frozen soap-bubble photography.  Something I have wanted to try for some time, but have not had weather cold enough to try it. This is best done at -5 F and below.  Now it sounds rather simple.  Blow some soap bubbles at -5 F let them freeze in mid-air and photograph them on the fresh snow.  Guess what, soap bubbles do not want to form when it is that cold, and when they do they break. So start early so you are ready when the sun crests the horizon.

I discovered the best method was to be at ground level, on fresh snow and wave the bubble wand about 6″ off of the snow up wind of the landing site. Once the bubbles are in place wait till the sun comes up, and photograph with the shadows cast by the angle of sun on the bubbles. You do not have a lot of time as the bubbles tend to rupture when hit by the warmth of the sun light, or snow particles carried by the wind.  The results are beautiful, but the job is rather dangerous as at -5 F you and the equipment are at the limits.  Frostbite can set in fast with 13 min of exposure. Be sure to warm your fingers often.

So the next time the  Polar Vortex temps visit your area and you want to try this, be sure to find an area that will provide you with good sun exposure and is protected from the wind. Make sure you have soap bubbles on hand as they are hard to find in most stores.

Worst case you can make your own soap-bubbles with the recipe below

1/2 cup of Dawn dishwashing Liquid

2 cups of water

2 teaspoons of cane sugar

For more frozen bubble images visit McLaneGoetzStudioLLC.com http://leeann-mclanegoetz.artistwebsites.com/art/all/frost+ice+snow+the+beauty+of+winter/all