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Monday, June 14, 2010

More This and That from the U.P. --Spring Photos continue (Yes, I know it isn't Spring anymore...I'm behind! I'm behind!!)

The U.P. Spring photos continue....
(I'm behind! I know spring has passed, but I wanted to share these with you anyway!)

A dreamy glimpse of the first few apple blossoms in our yard:

A lovely spring waterfall at the Pesheekee River:

First tree mushrooms spotted this spring:

A pair of Flickers!:

Flicker closeup:

Two Sandhill Cranes spotted wayyyyyy across a field:

It was the strangest thing....about two feet away from the Sandhill Cranes were these wild turkeys too!:

They were saying:
"What are all those male turkeys fussing about
with those female turkeys?
Look at them showing off their tails!":

I love seeing the first signs of wildlife
up here
in the spring....

We hadn't seen Sandhill Cranes since last fall...
it is always a thrill to see them, because they are so big.

More spring U.P. pictures are still to come....
Thanks for joining me today!!


DJan said...

It's always such a treat to see your wildlife. Those turkeys look very healthy! Love the apple blossoms...

Carol said...

I love bird pictures. But I have to say today, my favorite is the running creek. How relaxing and reminds me of MN.

rainfield61 said...

The Sandhill Cranes are handsome.

Unknown said...

Wonderful photos! Love the turkeys and the creek! Technically it's spring for another week!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I think all the creatures love you, Joan - they always pose for your camera! Niccccce!

Brian Miller said...

ah, thanks for bringing me a glimpse of your spring today...warmer already. smiles.

The Retired One said...

DJan: Yes, we were so surprised to see them all there and next to the Sandhill Cranes..must have been a wild bird party going on!

Carol: Yes, it was a great place to stop and just ponder on nature's beauty.

Rainfield: They are handsome..and very large birds!

Eva: you are right, now I feel better!

Tatyana: I hope they do..because I sure love them back. ha

Brian: Glad I could get you warm and fuzzy today, Brian. ha

Aria said...

First of all, rest your mind, Summer doesn't start until June 21'st... it's still Spring.

Second, I'm a little disappointed... I saw the listing wild turkey photos and had something completely different in mind! ;-)

J.J. in L.A. said...

You're safe. Summer doesn't start for another week. lol!

Loree said...

It's always nice to join you experiencing the different seasons in the UP. Seasons are so diverse in all the different countries aren;t they?

faye said...

Thanks for the Spring photos..
we went straight to summer.
97° yesterday.
I would sit in the shade by the
waterfall a long time.

The Retired One said...

Aria: Hahahaa...I could take some photos of some whiskey for you..but you'd only be licking your computer screen and that's not good for you!

JJ: Whew! I am close--but I have more so I will still not meet the deadline for the rest of the photos.

Loree: That's for sure...even here it has been so different this year...we had 80's and 90's for a few weeks already and then it cooled down to 60's!

Faye: We had 80's and 90's for a few weeks straight and now back to the 60's...but that's the U.P. of Michigan for you....they say if you don't like the weather, wait five will change! LOL

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Joan, Love seeing the Sandhill Cranes.. And those male turkeys showing off for the females---how cute!!!!

Love your flickers also...They are all female. Wonder what they were saying to each other?????? Hmmmmm...

Thanks for the Spring reminders.


Beth said...

Again, I love your bird pictures!

Bernie said...

Beautiful, I really like the wild turkeys......:-) Hugs

Ratty said...

You have some good animals there. The turkeys look nice and fat. I've only ever seen one wild turkey in my entire life. At least, I think it was wild.

Bossy Betty said...

Who doesn't love a little turkey tail in the morning? Thanks foe these great images!

Shelley said...

I'm so jealous you get to see those sandhill cranes!! So beautiful! I loved that frame photo you gave me of them - it is hanging up in my guest room. So when you come to visit, you can see it! HA!!

P.S. Do you have any spiders in the UP? LOL! LOL!

Ann said...

We are trying to figure out what kind of bird had babies in my renters hanging plant. We are pretty sure it is some kind of Finch. Has a red head. Any ideas?

RNSANE said...

What fun to see the beautiful birds. We do have some lovely bird sanctuaries a couple of hours away. I have to head down with my trusty camera one of these days! I'm getting a bit tired of seagulls, though their antics are amusing.

Biana said...

beautiful, those apple blossoms and mushrooms are pretty. You've got attention to detail :)

The Retired One said...

Betsy: I would be interested to know how you can tell they are all females..I gotta look them up on my bird site!

Beth: I am so glad you do..I love taking them...

Bernie: I love to see those males strutting for the females and showing off their beautiful tail feathers!

Ratty: When we drive downstate, we see wild turkeys along the highway all the the fields or along the side of the highway.

Bossy: you are most welcome..I loved seeing them. Wish I could have gotten them closer, but they were wayyyyy across a field.

Shelley: eeee-ewww on the spiders, funny one!

Ann: Purple finches have reddish purple on their heads, maybe its them? They are really cute.

RNSane: Bird sanctuaries are perfect photo opps! Hope you get some photos for us to see there.

Biana: Thanks so much!!!!

SquirrelQueen said...

I do love seeing the wildlife in your area Joan, there seems to be such a wide variety. The Sandhill cranes do look big, I have never seen them in the wild. Love the wild turkeys, we have a flock that shows up in our neighborhood sometimes.

You asked about the ducks in my photos and where I find them. The largest park in our city has an outdoor aviary, lake and several ponds. The more unusual ducks are inside the aviary. I am always sticking my camera lens through the fences there.

The Retired One said...

Biana: thanks so much..I love the details in things so much, I just ordered a macro lens for my camera. ha

SquirrelQueen: Yes, the sandhill cranes are HUGE birds...I am always thrilled when I see one. Oh, I wish I could go to that outdoor aviary and see that wood duck, just once!! I'd be clicking away like crazy. hahaa

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