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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spring Beauties and other spring beauty.....

Still working on my spring pictures.

Today, we have turtles and wildflowers for you!

I always love spotting the "first" turtle in the wild woods every just confirms that Spring really DID arrive!:

My photography instructor told us to find a photo of "texture".
This is one of the finalists, but I did not pick it for my class project.

But I do love the texture of the wisps!:

This wildflower is called "Spring Beauty":

This one is called "Trout Lily":

We saw this very ODD root on a little pond...doesn't it look like a snake?:

More "Spring Beauties":

Trout Lily up close!:

As you read this, I am out taking mid-summer photos for you....
This Spring and Summer has been extremely busy so I hope to post again soon...

I hope your summer is going wonderfully for you and bringing you joy and happiness!

Don't forget to send me your FREE PHOTO CONTEST
entry for June before midnight on June 30th!

The theme is:


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Signs of New Life!

When the snow first melts away...
and you see the first signs of spring...
it is exhilarating!

Today I have some pictures taken in early April
here in the U.P.

A time when the snow was finally gone and things began to bud...

No matter WHAT time of year, I love finding mushrooms on wood!:


I LOVED the moss together with the mushrooms on this old stump!:


Me likey the lichen!

I loved the rainbow of colors in this bell-shaped mushroom!:

Moss anyone?

It is such fun to watch life come back into the woods.

Now, we are past Spring and already full into summer...I will have more pictures of our U.P. Spring and summer for you coming up...I am slowly catching up in my blogposts!
I hope your weather and summer is providing you with plenty of beauty and opportunities to get out there to marvel at Nature.
Don't forget to enter your picture into the FREE PHOTO CONTEST!

Get me your picture no later than midnight on June 30th, 2012.

The theme this month is:


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Swan-nee, how I love ya, how I love dear old SWAN-nee!!!


This blogpost is NOT about a river....
but rather about
the wonderful, beautiful swans we caught by surprise one day in the woods at my
favorite beaver pond....

It is so lovely to see them out in the wild....

These were here one day and we went back and they were gone..probably just migrating through our area..
I am so blessed to have been able to see them during their journey north!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Here are the entries for May 2012's FREE PHOTO CONTEST: Theme: Mailboxes!!!

I owe you all two apologies!

First: Sorry I have been not been blogging much over the last two weeks!
(We have been CRAZY busy over the last two MONTHS and I just can't seem to catch up!)

Second: I apologize to all of you on being so slow to announce May's theme of mailboxes... and June's theme of TREES!

As a consequence of MY delayed communications, only THREE kind and ambitious souls
entered MAILBOX photos
into May's contest!!
I thank each and every ONE of them for getting photos into me for the contest, and apologize to the rest of you for not giving you much time to do so!

But they are wonderful...

So, without further delay, let me show you our three entries:

 This one is by Jacob Mc.  His blog is called: "Bland and Boring to Extraordinary".

 This one is from LindaLouMac. Her blog is called: "News from Italy".

This one is from Sharon W. Her blog is called: "Sharon's Paws Create".

I loved all three of these entries!!! Great job everyone!!

Don't forget to enter YOUR winning photo into the

This month's theme is:


Submit your trees photo no later than MIDNIGHT, June 30th
following THESE RULES..

You don't have to be a Blogger to enter!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Spring Arrived in the U.P.!

Today, I have a hodgepodge of photos I took
as the big meltdown continued in the U.P.

Our snow melting causes high, rushing rivers
and duck and fowl migrations
which I love to see.

A Merganser these ducks!:

Foggy morning at our lake shore as the ice melted in the warmer air:


I was thrilled to see these wild swans at one of our favorite beaver dams this spring:

LOOK who's peeking at me through the weeds?!!!
I took this with my zoom lens, I wasn't this close, so don't worry!:

This was the first turtle we saw of Spring 2012, it was back in April:

I had a photography class assignment to take a picture of a reflection...
I took this one, but ended up not using it for class...I did a different one.

I hope that you are "reflecting" on your wonderful weekend
and getting out in Nature to enjoy it.

We have had rain and COLD (only in the 50's F) today, but it is supposed to warm up to the 70's tomorrow.

Don't forget to enter your JUNE 2012
picture by midnight, June 30, 2012.

This time the theme really IS:


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I retired in June 2008 and started my blog in November 2008. I worked at several jobs as a Registered Nurse prior to retirement. I LOVE being retired! Blogging has offered me a whole new venue to start writing again and to share new hobbies such as gardening, birdwatching and sharing my nature photography. If you like my blog, PLEASE click on "follow this blog". Having a lot of followers reading my blog gives me incentive to continue to do photography and to continue to write. I also LOVE comments, so I encourage you to leave me a comment after you read my posts. Thanks everyone, for taking the time to read me!!

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