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Snow Flakes

A light and gentle snow started falling the other day while I was out in the woods. Quickly the tiny flakes started to build a uniform blanket covering the ground. It was a beautiful scene. It was at this point that I started to notice the induvial snowflakes that were sticking to my dark green...

Owls

Winter is a time of plenty for owls. The nights are very long, and the days are painfully short. I was reminded of this the other day while out photographing and filming a wild Barred Owl sleeping in a tree. I spent several hours just observing this magnificent raptor as it dozed in a large...

Mustrat

This winter has been a bit strange in the northland where I reside. Not much snow but enough cold temperatures to start freezing the lakes. The small lakes and ponds freeze up tight right away, but the larger lakes have open water near the center or in the deeper areas. While out photographing...

Caribou and Reindeer

Tis the season of the Reindeer. After all, it’s hard to not notice them at this time of year. They make appearances in holiday movies, or on holiday greeting cards, and sometimes they are seen in Christmas tree lots as the featured animal. They appear on stage in plays or re-enactments and...

White-tailed Deer

The recent weather roller-coaster has found me stomping around the woods in search of rutting White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). One week I am wearing a short-sleeved shirt and light-weight hiking shoes and the next week I am dressed in four layers and waterproof boots along with a hat...

Wild Turkey

Because of Thanksgiving, in my mind, the month of November and Turkeys are linked together. Of course, this is uniquely an American association due to our Thanksgiving holiday. So, at this time of year I like to turn my attention to the Eastern Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo). Let’s take...

Hummingbird Migration

            Well, it’s that time of year again. The count down is on and it is just a matter of a few precious days to a week or so before we we’ll say good-bye to one of our favorite avian backyard residents—the hummingbirds. Yes, the migration is...

Cicada Killer

I received a text the other day from my neighbor about a killer in our neighborhood. Immediately I was on alert and wanted to know more. After all, it’s not every day that a killer is reported in your neighborhood. The next text I got had a picture of the killer. This confirmed the...

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel

The other day, I was out kicking around a natural area just enjoying nature with no particular agenda. I imagine a lot of my readers think that I am constantly on the hunt to capture the next wildlife image. While it’s true that I spend a lot of time “attempting” to capture...

Cowbirds

Nature has so many different ways to accomplish just one task--reproduction.  At this time of year, it seems that everywhere I look I see are baby birds. It’s a blizzard of baby birds being fed by their parents. From a small backyard pond to the large expansive lakes and wetlands to...

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