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Sunday, September 4, 2011

A Summer trip out into the Wilderness: Part ONE...

There is nothing more that I like than going out to nowhere special in the woods
and just letting my instincts
tell me where to point my lens.

Today, I have a collection of early to mid-summer photos
I took out in the U.P. of Michigan wilderness
to share with you.

Wild flag iris:

There is an old abandoned railroad track about 15 miles from my house.
On both sides are wonderful bogs/beaver dams
where we often can spot ducks or herons or any kind of wildlife.

I like to call them "my secret ponds" as they are off a two wheeled road and it takes
a small hike to find them.

I loved seeing the flag iris along side of this old, fallen down
telephone line on the tracks there:

I love sneaking up on turtles and catching them before they jump in the water to hide:

A moment of intimacy between two dragonflies:

A beaver hut in the middle of the pond:

I loved that the beaver family had a garden of wild flag iris by their front door:

As we were walking down the railroad tracks, we saw this old rotten log
and lo and behold, a bird was nesting on it:

We are not sure what kind of bird it was.
Does anyone know?:

A cedar waxwing silouette:

Stay tuned....
I have several more pictures of that delightful hike
coming your way soon..


MadSnapper said...

can't wait for the rest, am waiting with "bated breathe". i loved my walk in the woods. from the beautiful downed power pole to the flowers by the front door of a beaver home, which i have never seen. the flowers are gorgeous and do not look like wild flowers but garden flowers. what a wonderful place to visit. waiting

Paz said...

some fantastic shots as usual

Brian Miller said...

nice...i really like the telephone pole fallen, insect porn

Rita said...

Wow! That first picture has such a black background--striking! So cool that the beavers have an iris front yard--LOL! No idea what kind of bird that is but love where it decided to nest. Dragonflies don't care who is watching. ;) You always find such great shots. Be waiting to see more from the your secret ponds! :)

TexWisGirl said...

looks like an Eastern Kingbird to me. :) loved the beaver hut with the flowers at their entrance! :)

Debbie said...

what a gorgeous set!! this is one of my favorite things to do as well. i tell the hubs "let's go for a ride in the car". he know what that means now!!

i have no idea on the bird and the beaver's home was my favorite picture, i LOVE their landscape!!!

Unknown said...

Once again, great photos. I never knew that iris grew wild! And shame on you, you voyeur of dragon fly intimacies! lol

Elizabeth Grimes said...

You found some beautiful things out there! Thanks for sharing.

Daryl said...

Fun ... contrasts to my walks

Country Gal said...

Fantastic photos ! I do the same when I can, just go out with camera in hand and see what I can find to photograph. There is always something to capture ! Have a wonderful day !

Ruth Hiebert said...

Gorgeous shots.Away from the general public one can find such beauty and peace.

LoieJ said...

Blue Flag iris are my favorite flowers, (and all iris.) I did a series of art work a few years ago based on my iris photo. They are on my "other blog."

Jeanette said...

Really beautiful pictues! You should try to give the dragonflies their privacy, though! :)

Valerie said...

Oh Wow, the cedar waxwing silhouette is fabulous, as were all your pictures. You certainly have an eye for subject matter. Recently I made the mistake of taking pictures with the iPhone instead of a camera and was very disappointed with the result. Won't do that again.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You do have some awesome places to shoot and what an eye you have for it. Nature in all its glory!!

Pat said...

These pictures just made me smile, but I DID think I should peek between my fingers at that dragonfly one! *wink*

Grandmother Mary said...

Isn't it amazing all that's going on around us? I was just reading Louise Gluck's poem "The Wild Iris" so that photo particularly struck me.

CrazyCris said...

those iris are beautiful! as are all your shots from this outing... makes for 3 gorgeous posts! :o)

L. D. said...

These are all so wonderful. I like the beaver hut. We have a small creek here called Beaver Creek and they dam it up all up and down the creek until they get flooded out.

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