Welcome to My Michigan (The Mitten)

I took a fifteen year break from photography to spend as much time as possible with my family. Now that the kids are out of school and I find myself with more free time I have decided to join the digital age and pick up where I left off.

For me photography is a labor of love. It helps me see everything in a new light and a new way. Everyday events become forever memories. Insects, flowers, animals and birds become magical and mystical. My eyes see a whole new world around me, sometimes alien but always beautiful. This is what I love to do, winter, spring, summer and fall, immersed in the great out of doors with a camera in my hand.

Come and join me on my expeditions. And just maybe, like many others, you will come away  "Smitten by the Mitten".

Thank you for stopping by.

Jim

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Painted

August 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The clear clean waters of some of the small lakes up north make the colors of painted turtles really stand out.
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Kayaking the Black River

August 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

There is nothing more relaxing than a quite paddle down an isolated Michigan river.
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Cattle Egret

August 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It's not often that you see Cattle Egret in Michigan. And quite rare to see one in Ingham County. I found this one Monday hanging out with the cattle on the MSU south campus.

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Cardinal Flower

August 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The brilliant red makes it hard to get the exposure just right. Here is my best attempt. This photo was taken in Meridian Townships Legg Park

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Summer Sunflower

August 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

You know summer is in full swing when you look around and see Wild Sunflowers everywhere. This photo was taken in Meridian Townships Central Park.

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Hunting Tigers

August 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Here is a Tiger Swallowtail feeding on Coneflower in Williamston Community Township Park.

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Invasion of the Giants!

July 30, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

When out on a mission
Stop, look and Listen.
Keep an eye out
There are Giants about!

Lucky for me this one was "Knapping".

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This photo of a Giant Swallowtail on Spotted Knopweed was taken in the Southwest Meridian Upland Preserve, Meridian Township.


I Can't Believe I Saw a Pacific Loon

June 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Believe it or not a Pacific Loon visited Littlefield Lake in Mid Michigan just south west of Clair. It has moved on now but stayed around for a couple of weeks. What a treat!

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Days End

June 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Another day in Michigan comes to a beautiful end. This photo was taken at the Hammond Bay State Harbor in Presque Isle County.

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Shy Rail

June 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This Virginia Rail wasn't sure it wanted to come out of hiding but it was curious enough to take just a wee little peak. The photo was taken in Presque Isle County.

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Mourning Warbler

June 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This warbler is called a Mourning Warbler because its dark hood is thought to resemble a mourning veil. They seem to prefer dense underbrush so it is difficult to get a good photograph of the whole bird. This is by far the best photo that I have been able to get of a Mourning Warbler. It was taken in Presque Isle County along the shores of Ocqueoc Lake.

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White-eyed Vireo

May 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It took me two plus years to to get a halfway decent photo of a White-eyed Vireo in Michigan. This photo was taken earlier this week when I was in Hillsdale County. It's not hard to imagine how this bird got its name.

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Bouquet for Mom

May 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

This Black-capped Chickadee is busy picking out a bouquet for Mothers Day. The photo was taken in Legg Park.

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Blue Wings

May 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Here is a Blue-winged Warbler that I saw in the Dansville State Game Area yesterday.

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Vigilante?

May 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have always wondered why a Common Yellowthroat wears a mask? What does he do when no one is watching him? This photo was taken at Lake Lansing Park North.

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