The Magic Moment

Dear Friends, this shot is not possible with a cell phone.  This moment took five years of sitting in grouse blinds to even witness not to mention get an image of it. I took a burst of six images in one second and only one of these had this instant recorded.  So I emphasize that this image took preparation, perseverance and photography skills that are not possible with a cell phone.  So if you are serious about photography I recommend that you practice your skills, do the work and prepare to get the image that you envision. We sat in the blind this year on a cold windy rainy day, so this image is from last year when we had one perfect day, til Tomorrow MJ

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Red Necked Grebe

Dear Friends, larger than a mallard and smaller than a Canada goose, this red necked grebe roams the waters of phantom lake in Crex.  I love this eye to eye view that they sometimes give you.  til Tomorrow MJ

Ring Necked Ducks

Dear Friends, these ducks are every where at Crex this time of year, they are Ring Necked Ducks due to the brownish ring around their neck, but can be spotted by the prominent ring around the bill.  This is  male duck.  The female is more drab but has she a matching ring around the bill, enjoy til TomorrowMJ

No April Fooling

Dear Friends, this lovely Compton Tortoiseshell butterfly landed in our white pines on Saturday, thanks to Cheri for helping me to identify it. It was a lifer for me and surprised that it is a very early butterfly sometimes coming out in March.  We are on the southern end of its range.  lovely til Tomorrow MJ

Waiting for the Warblers

Dear Friends, waiting for warblers to arrive in our northland, this is a palm warbler taken a few years ago, til Tomorrow MJ

Green

Dear Friends, after my second treatment of chemo, it has taken me longer to recover my well-being, but this Green Winged Teal that I saw last spring is adding some color notes to my health outlook, til Tomorrow MJ

A Peaceful Confrontation and Not

swans-on-the-iceDear Friends, these two trumpeter Swans have returned to the Northland, and with lots of talking there are some confrontations.  Sometimes they are peaceful and just showing off their beautiful white feathers, other times there is chasing and pulling on feathers as shown in the bottom image, enjoy, til Tomorrow MJ

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A Winter Guest

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Dear Friends, this boy(Pileated Woodpecker) was shopping for groceries in our 3 inches of new snow.   Jim had just put out a new suet block and he zeroed in on it.  The red dash under his chin marks him as a male, on females that spot is black.  Hope they will nest here in our woods, may have to sit out in the woods to see where they are working, til Tomorrow MJ

My Fine Art

 

Dear Friends, sometimes my nature images don’t have a great background but stumbled across this skipper from last summer, I think it is adequate, til Tomorrow MJskipper

LAB Grand Canyon

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Dear Friends, this is a landscape of the many layers of Grand Canyon.  Done in minutes with the LAB colorspace The geology of these layers is an open book to the past, I love layers, til Tomorrow MJ

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