Monday, October 1, 2018
It is funny how much more I identify the time of year by the animals I see rather than by the calendar on the wall. These mantis are a great example. They become very much more visible when they turn brown, and I always associate that with the beginning of autumn along with hearing the cranes migrating overhead, both of which happen before any leaves turn color or the furnace kicks on at night.
Sure enough, when I checked the calendar September was already half gone.
And now it is October....time for some cider I think. 😀
Friday, August 31, 2018
Well, after a long period of hot dry weather without any rain whatsoever, we are finally feeling a bit of relief here in west Michigan. Along with the rain came a very nicely cool morning and a reminder that autumn is just around the corner. It won't be too much longer and the trees will trade their uniform green coveralls for the gaudy Hawaiian shirts that draw visitors in from all over the country just to witness.
Like a peacock fanning its tail.
Peacock feathers are incredibly interesting, and a lot harder to photograph well than you'd think. The iridescence which gives them their shiny appearance acts as millions of tiny little mirrors, which can play all sorts of havoc with the light and color, as well as the auto-focusing sensors on modern lenses. Accurately capturing both the colors and the iridescence requires very strict control of the light.
Friday, August 3, 2018
Man, we have had a hot summer so far here. And very little rain. It makes for a lot of real challenges if your job is growing things. This gardener is not only very hard working, but smart enough to follow the shade as she works. She is quite attractive as well, which is nice. :)
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Hope your summer is going better than my bad puns!
Friday, June 1, 2018
They are a notoriously skittish bird around people, despite not seeming to mind being near buildings at all. So as long as they don't see you, they are pretty easy to photograph once you have found an area where they live.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Fortunately, the signs of spring are plentiful now, including a spike in both temperature and in animal activity. Porcupines are very sensitive where habitat is concerned, and while I used to see tons of them when I was a kid they have been quite scarce since then, until recent years when I started seeing them fairly regularly again. I take it as a good sign, even if it means having to be a little more cautious in areas they happen to frequent.
Q: What does a porcupine take for a cold?
Monday, April 2, 2018
It is the ubiquitous raccoon, or as my daughter calls it, a Trash Panda. An appropriate photo this spring as it seems that time is zipping on by faster than ever, and before you know it summer will be here once again.
In the meantime, spring is in the air here in the woods. It is still just a little too cold for the frogs to come out, although I did hear a couple of them last week. Lots of the birds are back now though, and it won't be long before the morels pop up. The turkey seem very scarce here this year though, which is a little worrisome. Perhaps it is the changing of the habitat, but it could also be a reflection of colder temperatures during winter or a rise in the coyote population. Either way, if there is one thing you can always count on in nature it is that things change.