Thursday, March 1, 2018

March 2018: Deer in Barbed Wire

Well, I haven't done a skull photo in awhile, so here you are.  March is coming in like a lion here in the Michigan woods, but it looks to be reasonably short-lived.  The maple sap is collected and will be boiled down for syrup this weekend, as sure a sign of spring as the returning blackbirds and cranes which were both heard on Tuesday.

Spring is a wonderful time of year, because while the death of winter is still fresh in your mind, all of the new life springing up around you (something new every day!) really imparts a sense of life and hope, and provides a sense of renewal and rebirth.  In just a couple months new fawns will be running around this old stump, turning it back into a place of life and joy.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February 2018: Sky on Fire

I am not now, nor have I ever been, much of a morning person.  But things like this really make it worth being out there for.  Even in the dead of winter there is fire and warmth on the coldest mornings if you know where to look for it.  A good life lesson there....

Monday, January 1, 2018

January 2018: Happy New Year!

Had to post something reminiscent of warmer days, as it has been so very cold here for the last couple weeks.  Hope the new year brings you all joy and happiness!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December 2017: From Behind

I've always been a fan of the "from behind" shot of animals.  You don't usually see them from this perspective in books or on television. I think though that many times we get distracted by looking at an animal's face, and so either give short shrift to (or miss entirely) the beauty of the rest of the creature. Typical photos of lions focus on their manes, eyes, or more commonly their teeth, which tend to emphasize their violent carnivorous behavior and more dramatic physical features.  Abstracting those elements from a photograph forces you to notice the other aspects of a lion, the texture of the fur, the variations in coloration, the thickness of the body, the relaxed posture, etc. I am willing to bet that very few of you knew that African lions had black stripes across the back of their ears until now!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 2017: Fish Town

The old Fish Town district in Leland, MI a couple weeks ago. Some places just demand sepia.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 2017: Smile, Crocodile!

OK, this is not a crocodile.  Sue me.  :)
It seems that I am on a reptile kick though...last month a rattlesnake, this month a caiman.  I like reptiles though, I can't help it. :)
Caimans are essentially small versions of alligators.  Their personalities and tempers are the same size, however.
Until next month, see you later alliga---oh never mind........:D :D

Friday, September 1, 2017

September 2017: Autumnal "Danger Noodle"

This is a Massasauga Rattlesnake, the only poisonous snake found in Michigan.  They are fairly small (just over 2 feet long) and the color of dry dead leaves, making it next to impossible to see on the forest floor, especially in autumn.  Fortunately they are quite reclusive and not overly common, so it is pretty rare to come into contact with one.