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SPRING WARBLERS AND OTHERS

Being a Michigan photographer, I am lucky to live within an hours drive of Crane Creek State Park in Ohio, one of the best places in the country for photographing migrating warblers. Crane creek is an area where the warblers congregate to refuel and wait for a favorable wind to help them fly across Lake…
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SONGS OF SPRING

Sorry that I have not written in so long. Between art shows and different trips I have not been home very much in the last month and a half. One of the trips I was on was a sailing adventure to scout the North Channel in Canada, where I will be leading a photo tour…
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FLOATING BLIND SPRING 2009

This spring was not as productive for floating blind photography as past years have been. I think that was due in large part, to an early warm spell that took the ice off many of the lakes in the area. This early breakup allowed the waterfowl to use some of the larger lakes that usually…
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How to Photograph Snowflakes

Looking for a great winter photography project? How about snowflakes? If you live in the Northern tier of states I promise you will have plenty of subjects. My setup is based on a system initially designed by Professor Ken Libberecht a great snowflake photographer from California of all places. The setup is basically a homemade…
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MORE SNOWFLAKE IMAGES

Actually this post should be called snow crystal images because the images here are of single snow crystals. Most of the crystals shown here are between 0.04 and 0.08 inches. That means they would easily fit in this O. Snowflakes, at least the puffy balls of snow that fall from the sky are generally a…
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WHITE WINGED CROSSBILL INVASION

White winged crossbills are usually birds of the boreal forests of Canada.  This year we have seen an unprecedented invasion of these birds here in Michigan, they have been spotted in virtually every county in the state.  Crossbills have developed an unusual crossed bill which they use to extract the seeds of conifer trees which…
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IMAGES FROM THE FROZEN NORTH

Last week I travelled up to Northern Minnesota in search of northern bird species whose idea of going south for the winter is coming down to the far northern edge of the US. I picked a great time to do this because it was brutally cold when I was up there.  One morning it was…
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SNOWFLAKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sorry I havn’t been able to do a post in awhile, but between orders for the holidays and of course the holidays themselves, this is an especially crazy time of the year for me. I have been trying to photograph snowflakes for quite a few years, with limited success.  This fall, I came across the…
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THE WORLDS MOST ENDANGERED WARBLER

In 2006, The Audubon Society listed the tiny Kirtland’s Warbler as the fifth most endangered bird species, behind the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, California Condor, Whooping Crane, and Gunnison Sage Grouse. in 1989, the total population was estimated to be around 200 total birds.  The main reason for the decline of this species is the loss of…
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PHOTOGRAPHING FALL COLOR IN MICHIGAN’S UPPER PENNINSULA

Due to the fact that I had shows scheduled on the weekends when Michigan’s upper peninsula’s fall color is at it’s peak (the Porcupines usually peak during the last week of September and the rest of the upper typically fires up around the first weekend of October) I really thought I wouldn’t be able to…
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