Cerulean Sky Photography: Blog https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Cerulean Sky Photography kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 02:10:00 GMT Wed, 30 Sep 2020 02:10:00 GMT Painted https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/painted 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/painted Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:46:18 GMT
Kayaking the Black River https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/kayaking-the-black-river There is nothing more relaxing than a quite paddle down an isolated Michigan river.
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/kayaking-the-black-river Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:24:37 GMT
Cattle Egret https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/cattle-egret 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/cattle-egret Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:37:42 GMT
Cardinal Flower https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/cardinal-flower 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/cardinal-flower Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:13:34 GMT
Summer Sunflower https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/summer-sunflower 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/summer-sunflower Sat, 05 Aug 2017 12:24:27 GMT
Hunting Tigers https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/hunting-tigers Here is a Tiger Swallowtail feeding on Coneflower in Williamston Community Township Park.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/8/hunting-tigers Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:42:01 GMT
Invasion of the Giants! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/7/invasion-of-the-giants 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.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/7/invasion-of-the-giants Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:50:21 GMT
I Can't Believe I Saw a Pacific Loon https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/i-cant-believe-i-saw-a-pacific-loon 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/i-cant-believe-i-saw-a-pacific-loon Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:12:40 GMT
Days End https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/days-end 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/days-end Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:58:18 GMT
Shy Rail https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/shy-rail 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/shy-rail Sun, 04 Jun 2017 01:22:26 GMT
Mourning Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/mourning-warbler 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/6/mourning-warbler Fri, 02 Jun 2017 01:59:15 GMT
White-eyed Vireo https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/white-eyed-vireo 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/white-eyed-vireo Fri, 19 May 2017 20:25:38 GMT
Bouquet for Mom https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/bouquet-for-mom This Black-capped Chickadee is busy picking out a bouquet for Mothers Day. The photo was taken in Legg Park.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/bouquet-for-mom Fri, 12 May 2017 01:49:47 GMT
Blue Wings https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/blue-wings Here is a Blue-winged Warbler that I saw in the Dansville State Game Area yesterday.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/blue-wings Thu, 11 May 2017 01:23:43 GMT
Vigilante? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/vigilante 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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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/vigilante Tue, 09 May 2017 11:42:31 GMT
Special Guest https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/special-guest Last week we had a special guest visit out backyard. This is the first time a Red-Headed Woodpecker has stopped by to say hello and brighten up our days. He hung around for four days and then moved on. Wouldn't it be nice if he visits us every year as he travels to his home up north!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/special-guest Sun, 07 May 2017 12:03:39 GMT
Here Come the Warblers https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/here-come-the-warblers As a group, warblers are the most colorful birds to migrate through our area every spring and fall. They are also the most difficult to photograph since they are constantly moving in search of an insect meal. This is a Yellow-rumped Warbler, one of the first Warblers to arrive in the Spring. Many more, just as beautiful are close behind. Get out and about this weekend with your binoculars and try to get a look at some of the tiny birds moving in the treetops. Maybe you will get a glimpse of a Warbler "Gem". This photo was taken in Legg Park.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/here-come-the-warblers Fri, 05 May 2017 11:34:51 GMT
Out of the Fog https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/out-of-the-fog I was at Lake Lansing last night wishing for something exciting to appear when seven Caspian Terns flew out of the fog and drizzle. Sometimes wishes do come true.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/5/out-of-the-fog Mon, 01 May 2017 12:43:21 GMT
American White Pelican https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/american-white-pelican It was 8:30 when a birding friend called to say there were five American White Pelicans at Lake Lansing. I was already in the Jeep heading back from a walk in one of the Meridian Township Preserves so I just kept driving to Lake Lansing. It was almost dark by the time I got to the Lake and found the birds. Here are the best pics I could come up with. I imagine they will still be at the lake tomorrow morning so get up early, go see a really rare bird at Lake Lansing and then treat yourself to breakfast. What a great end to a very good day!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/american-white-pelican Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:20:47 GMT
I Can See You ... https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/i-can-see-you ... but you can't see me. This Sandhill Crane is on a nest trying its best to blend into the marsh as I walk by. The photo was taken in the Meridian Township Foster-Crouse Preserve.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/i-can-see-you Tue, 25 Apr 2017 01:44:48 GMT
Rare Visitor https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/rare-visitor It's not often that a bird like this drops by mid Michigan for a visit. Another birder discovered this Yellow-headed Blackbird at Maple River State Game Area today. As soon as I found out about it I jumped in the Jeep and headed out. This was my reward!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/rare-visitor Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:44:01 GMT
Red-winged Blackbird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/red-winged-blackbird You just can't think of wetlands and marshes, vernal ponds or fluddles without thinking about Red-winged Blackbirds. This photo was taken at Lake Lansing Park North.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/red-winged-blackbird Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:32:06 GMT
Trumpeter Swans https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/trumpeter-swans In 1933 the Trumpeter Swan was thought to be headed for extinction with only 70 known to exist. But a large Pacific  population was discovered in the Coper River area of Alaska. Swans from this population were used to carefully reintroduce the Trumpeter Swan across North America and in 2010 the population was estimated to be 46,000. This is a truly spectacular bird and a spectacular comeback story. The Trumpeter Swan is our largest waterfowl with a wingspan that may exceed 8 feet. These swans are still pretty rare in Ingham County. Most of the swans we see are large flocks of migrating Tundra Swans and the introduced and aggressive Mute Swan. In March we were lucky to have a pair visit us for a few days and hang out in the wetlands on the north west corner of Jolly and Hagadorn Roads. I was crossing my fingers and hoping they would stick around and nest, but they flew away. Here is a photo of them starting a sort of mating dance. I almost got the "classic" heart photo. Here us a DNR website where you can read more about Trumpeter Swans in Michigan.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/trumpeter-swans Wed, 05 Apr 2017 01:00:31 GMT
Sandhill Cranes https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/sandhill-cranes It's lways great to see these beautiful birds flying overhead headed north, a sure sign that spring is here!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/sandhill-cranes Tue, 04 Apr 2017 01:38:52 GMT
Spring Beauty https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/spring-beauty Today I found my first wildflower of 2017, a Spring Beauty. Maybe spring has finally sprung. This photo was taken in Legg Park, Meridian Township.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/4/spring-beauty Sun, 02 Apr 2017 01:47:57 GMT
Gray Jay https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/3/gray-jay Here is another bird from my weekend adventure. It is a Gray Jay. The Gray Jay is more closely related to Magpies that it is to Jays. It lives in the far north and rears its chicks in the dark of winter. In the summer months this bird hoards food in trees so they have plenty to eat when winter comes knocking. This photo was taken in Chippewa County.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/3/gray-jay Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:51:51 GMT
Norther Shrike https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/3/norther-shrike The Northern Shrike is a small predatory songbird that feeds on small birds, mammals and Insects. It is a bird that isn't seen very often and once found usually flies off into the bushes and hides. I found this one in Chippewa County on my recent UP birding adventure.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/3/norther-shrike Tue, 07 Mar 2017 02:58:29 GMT
Michigan UP Birding https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/3/michigan-up-birding We are up North in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to find some winter and some winter birds. We stopped by Rudyard to look for Snowy Owls and were not disappointed. Here are two of the six Snowy Owls that we saw today. What an awesome way to start a trip!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/3/michigan-up-birding Sat, 04 Mar 2017 02:11:46 GMT
Tiny Little Toes https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/tiny-little-toes They call them pussy willows,
But there's no cat to see,
Except the tiny little toes
That stick out on the trees.

Now every spring it worries me,
That I can never find
Those willow cats that ran away
And left their toes behind.
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Author Unknown--
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/tiny-little-toes Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:22:53 GMT
Up On The Hill https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/up-on-the-hill Atop the sledding hill at Williamston Township Community Park. This is my home away from home during raptor migration. And the warm weather has migration starting a bit early this year. If you visit the park you may see me and a Corgi named Dexter scanning the sky for migrating birds and soaking up the late winter sunshine (and playing fetch).

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/up-on-the-hill Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:53:52 GMT
Looks Like Lunch https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/looks-like-lunch Yesterday I came across this Coopers Hawk in the Red Cedar Glen Preserve. I think it was looking at something tasty for lunch and not paying a bit of attention to me.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/looks-like-lunch Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:30:54 GMT
Golden Crown https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/golden-crown I never realized that a Golden-crowned Kinglet had this many rubies in its' crown. This photo was taken at Central Park.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/golden-crown Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:21:24 GMT
Valentines Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/valentines-day Happy Valentines Day!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/valentines-day Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:08:43 GMT
Muddled Image https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/muddled-image I'm trying hard to find some beauty in this brown winter. This is the reflection of a tree in the muddy trail at Lake Lansing Park North.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/muddled-image Mon, 13 Feb 2017 02:47:14 GMT
This Land is My Land https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/this-land-is-my-land I just love the way this tiny Winter Wren was standing on its front porch surveying his riverfront property and singing to the world.

"When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
And the 
wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
As the fog was lifting and a voice was chanting:
This land was made for you and me."

Woody Guthrie
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/this-land-is-my-land Thu, 09 Feb 2017 01:25:10 GMT
Beautiful Swan https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/beautiful-swan Beautiful Swan
Warmed by sun's rays
Dreaming of summer
And warmer days.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/beautiful-swan Sun, 05 Feb 2017 01:21:51 GMT
Too Cute https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/too-cute This Saw-whet Owl is too cute for words. Not much else to say about this tiny gem.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/2/too-cute Fri, 03 Feb 2017 03:06:21 GMT
Mirror Image https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/mirror-image Sometimes it doesn't matter what you mumble, what incantation you invoke or how much you beg and plead, the birds just won't do what you want. They seem to have an agenda all their own. Hmm, imagine that. Anyway, I just could not convince this Pileated Woodpecker to sit still while I moved to the other side of the pond to get a photo without all of the branches in the way. As soon as I moved it flew high up into another tree laughing loudly as it flew away. Oh well, maybe a better photo another day. This photo was taken at Lake Lansing Park North.  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/mirror-image Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:13:01 GMT
Sassy Nuthatch https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/sassy-nuthatch This tiny Red-breasted Nuthatch chewed me out big time for having the nerve to take it's photograph. This is one of my favorite "tiny* birds. The photo was taken at Harris Nature Center, Meridian Township, Ingham County.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/sassy-nuthatch Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:08:22 GMT
Hide-and-Seek https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/hide-and-seek When looking for owls you are always playing a game of hide-and-seek. They hide and you spend hours seeking. This tiny Saw-whet Owl shows that the odds of staying hidden are in their favor. The photograph was taken in the Rose Lake State Wildlife Area.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/hide-and-seek Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:10:01 GMT
Gray Ghost https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/gray-ghost The male Northern Harrier is sometimes referred to as the Gray Ghost. This is most likely do to them being seen less often the the brown females and immatures. It is always a great treat to see a Gray Ghost hunting over a grassland in search of mice and voles. This photo was taken at Maple River SGA in Gratiot County.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/gray-ghost Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:05:00 GMT
Evening Air Show https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/evening-show I took a short trip up to Maple River SGA in Gratiot County to see the Short-eared Owls that have been putting on a wonderful early evening air show. I was lucky enough to see 7 of them. Here is a photo of one that flew close by and another that landed to take a look at all the funny humans standing around looking at him. What a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2017/1/evening-show Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:02:53 GMT
Tiny Dancer https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/tiny-dancer I took a long walk at Central Park North today with my birding buddy Dexter, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I think this Golden-crowned Kinglet took a liking to Dexter because it followed us around for quite some time flitting from bush to bush. And Dexter actually seemed quite interested in watching the tiny bird perform for us. I wonder why this Kinglet seemed so intrigued with a Corgi?

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/tiny-dancer Sat, 31 Dec 2016 02:32:03 GMT
Afternoon Siesta https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/afternoon-siesta This Screetch Owl is taking a mid afternoon siesta while catching a little bit of sunshine on a pleasant winter day. Makes me yawn just to look at him so cozy in his tidy home. This photo was taken today in Dannsville SGA.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/afternoon-siesta Thu, 29 Dec 2016 02:58:34 GMT
Beautiful Bird, Big Threat https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/beautiful-bird-big-threat Here is a beautiful bird that "poses a significant threat to our native Trumpeter Swan". 
The photo was taken at Moores Park in Lansing.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/beautiful-bird-big-threat Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:47:00 GMT
Slip Slidin' Away https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/slip-slidin-away I took a walk on the slippery sidewalks at Moores Park Yesterday and found this American Black Duck. The Lakes are frozen over so the waterfowl are moving to open water on the local rivers where they can find food.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/slip-slidin-away Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:41:07 GMT
Ring-billed Gulls https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/ring-billed-gulls There have been no new gulls or ducks at Lake Lansing this week so I photographed a couple of Ring-billed Gulls. Ring-billed GullRing-billed Gull
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/ring-billed-gulls Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:59:04 GMT
Snow Birds https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/snow-birds The colder weather and first snowfall has brought my first snow birds to Ingham County. This photo of a Snow Bunting was taken yesterday on the south campus of MSU along Jolly Road.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/snow-birds Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:39:31 GMT
Grey Skies, Blue Bird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/grey-skies-blue-bird A small flock of Bluebirds passed through Meridian North Park Sunday morning. Here are a few photos of them.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/grey-skies-blue-bird Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:55:10 GMT
Where Are All of the Birds? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/where-are-all-of-the-birds There are no birds at my feeders today. I wonder why...?

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Here are a couple of close up photos of the culprit, a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/12/where-are-all-of-the-birds Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:46:29 GMT
White-winged Gull https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/11/white-winged-gull All gulls are not created equal, they are not all Ring-billed Gulls in the Meijer parking lot or Herring Gulls at the beach. Every once in a while a special one shows up at Lake Lansing and last evening it was a beautiful Iceland Gull (Kumlieni). What a treat!

Iceland Gull (Kumlieni)Iceland Gull (Kumlieni)
Underneath the wings appear white. This why Iceland Gulls are called white winged gulls. 
Iceland Gull (Kumlieni)Iceland Gull (Kumlieni)
Notice that the primaries have very little black in them.
Iceland Gull (Kumlieni)Iceland Gull (Kumlieni)
Here the Iceland Gull is behind a Ring-billed Gull. Notice that it is larger,
has a rounder head and has very little black in the wing tips (primaries)

 

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/11/white-winged-gull Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:24:11 GMT
The Supermoon https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/11/the-supermoon I forgot my tripod so this was the best photo I could come up with.

SupermoonSupermoon  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/11/the-supermoon Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:40:48 GMT
Who, Who, Who Looks For Me https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/11/who-who-who-looks-for-me I love owls and raptors and songbirds and owls. Ahh there is such a special thrill when seeing an owl. I spent this morning in Dansville SGA busting through brush and brambles looking for owls. Most times I get skunked and don't find anything, but today I was rewarded with this Long-eared Owl who was kind enough to sit still and let me marvel at its beauty. Did I mention that I love owls?

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/11/who-who-who-looks-for-me Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:33:15 GMT
Another Golden Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/another-golden-day I spent the day with a friend at Williamston Township Community Park scanning the sky for migrating Raptors.
The highlight of the day was seeing not one but two Immature Golden Eagles! Here is a photo of one of them.
Golden EagleGolden Eagle
In this photo one of the Golden Eagles is soaring with a Red-tailed Hawk. Look at the size difference.
A Golden eagle can have a wingspan of up to 7 ft. 8 in.! What a magnificent bird! 
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/another-golden-day Sun, 30 Oct 2016 01:50:49 GMT
Winter Wren https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/winter-wren I never tire of these little bundles of high energy. They don't stand still for long and hang out low to the ground moving in and around branches and grass. Here is one I found in Legg Park that stood still for 10 seconds to long ... lucky me.

Winter WrenWinter Wren

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/winter-wren Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:57:37 GMT
Turkey Vulture https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/turkey-vulture We have all seen them on a warm summer day circling overhead, riding the thermals, gliding through the air without flapping their wings. They appear completely black when soaring high in the sky, but actually their flight feathers are a silver gray underneath. Here is one in Legg Park that is getting ready to take flight on wings that can span up to 6 feet. It may not seem as majestic as an Eagle but it is beautiful in its own way.

Turkey VultureTurkey Vulture   

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/turkey-vulture Tue, 25 Oct 2016 02:23:10 GMT
Mid Morning Moon https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/mid-morning-moon The day was so beautiful and the sky so blue that I just couldn't resist a shot of the last quarter moon.
​Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon ...

Quarter MoonQuarter Moon

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/mid-morning-moon Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:51:11 GMT
Summer Blue & Autumn Orange. https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/summer-blue-autumn-orange The bright blues and greens of summer are giving way to the orange, reds and yellows of autumn.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/summer-blue-autumn-orange Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:27:38 GMT
Time To Leave https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/time-to-leave We can't stay forever dear. The leaves are changing and frost is on the ground. Time to close up the summer house and head south.

Eastern BluebirdsEastern Bluebirds  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/time-to-leave Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:48:26 GMT
This Is Fall https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/this No mater how cold and dreary the day my heart is full of happiness when I see the wonderful colors that surround me.

Michigan Fall 1Michigan Fall 1
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/this Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:56:40 GMT
Lost In Transit https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/lost-in-transit Last Sunday was a big day for mid Michigan and other places across the state. Several large flocks of Greater White-fronted Goose (GWFG) were blown off course and ended up flying over and landing in our state instead of further west. Here is part of a group of nearly 150 GWFG that stopped to feed in a corn field in south western Ingham County. There was a report of a flock of 300 GWFG in Ludington. Generally we only see groups of two to four scattered in places around the state. Migration is a great time of year for big surprises in the birding world.

Greater White-fronted GooseGreater White-fronted Goose
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/lost-in-transit Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:52:46 GMT
The Hunter https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/the-hunter This Red-tailed Hawk is kiting (hovering) trying to get a better look at something, most likely a small rodent, that caught its eye. American Kestrels are most notorious for kiting, hovering in one place for several seconds before pouncing on their prey. But the big guys do it too, only they might not appear to be quite as graceful at it. This photo was taken at Hartrick Park in Okemos.

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/the-hunter Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:30:19 GMT
Hide and Seek https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/hide-and-seek I found this Great Blue Heron hiding along Sycamore Creek in Scott Woods. I'm pretty sure he thought he was invisible.

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue Heron

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/hide-and-seek Tue, 11 Oct 2016 01:51:11 GMT
Forest Sunbeams https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/forest-sunbeams I'm glad I decided to take a walk in Scott Woods Park the other morning. I have always wanted a photo like this.

Forest Sun BeamsForest Sun Beams

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/forest-sunbeams Sun, 09 Oct 2016 21:06:00 GMT
Early Fall Colors https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/early-fall-colors The trees are slow to change this year but some of the ivy and vines are well on their way to brightening up our Fall landscape.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/early-fall-colors Sat, 08 Oct 2016 12:16:41 GMT
Foggy Day Wood Duck https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/foggy-day-wood-duck The fog was pretty thick so I leaned up against a tree and waited for something to get close enough for a photo. I didn't have to wait long before this female Wood Duck flew in and perched low in a dead tree. I love their white "spectacles.

Female Wood DuckFemale Wood Duck

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/foggy-day-wood-duck Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:04:32 GMT
Fall Migration https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/fall-migration Walk and wait, walk some more, enjoy the colors and sounds, mist and sun, fall is here. And with it comes the birds that are flying south to escape the frigid northern winter. If you are out and about long enough and patient an unusual bird may come your way to brighten the day. Just like this Lincoln's Sparrow brightened my day today. It is the first time I have seen one in Ingham County. This photo was taken at Williamstown Township Community Park.

Lincoln's SparrowLincoln's Sparrow
Lincoln's SparrowLincoln's Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/10/fall-migration Tue, 04 Oct 2016 01:32:11 GMT
Glossy Ibis https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/glossy-ibis Two weeks ago a birder found a Glossy Ibis at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge. I procrastinated driving up to look for it because either the weather was bad or no one had reported seeing it the day before. So today was the last day that the wildlife drive was open and my last chance to see this bird. The weather could not have been much worse. It rained for the entire drive to the refuge and continued to rain on and off while I was there. But I was lucky and the Ibis was still hanging around in the same general area where it had been found two weeks ago. If you have never been to the wildlife drive tour at Shiawassee I highly recommend a trip there when it opens next year.

Glossy IbisGlossy Ibis  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/glossy-ibis Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:28:24 GMT
Red Fox https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/foxy ​I was eating lunch on Tuesday watching the squirrels under the bird feeders when a fox dashed out of the woods and grabbed one, walked back to the edge of the woods and began its own lunch break. I have never been this close to a fox before.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/foxy Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:17:36 GMT
Busy Bluejay https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/busy-bluejay On Tuesday I was at Williamston Township Community Park watching for migrating hawks to fly overhead. I didn't have much luck with hawks but did notice a Bluejay continuously flying from one side of the park to the other. I decided to try for a photo and discovered that it was hoarding acorns for the winter. All about birds has this to say, "Their fondness of acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period". You can read more about the Bluejays love of acorns by clicking on this link. 

Busy BluejayBusy Bluejay

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/busy-bluejay Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:54:37 GMT
Waiting For Lunch https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/waiting-for-lunch This young Red-tailed Hawk was in Legg Park patiently waiting for some chipmunks to wander out into the open.

Juvenile Red-tailed HawkJuvenile Red-tailed Hawk  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/waiting-for-lunch Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:27:10 GMT
Early Morning Reflections https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/early-morning-reflections I took this photo last week at Fenner Nature Center. 

Fenner ReflectionFenner Reflection

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/early-morning-reflections Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:54:29 GMT
Spider Dew https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/spider-dew I found this dewy spider web at Fenner last week. It sure is amazing how precisely they spin their webs.

Spider DewSpider Dew

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/spider-dew Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:05:40 GMT
My Assistant https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/my-assistant This little Corgi hangs out with me on my travels around town.  What a good dog!

DexterDexter  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/my-assistant Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:38:16 GMT
Cattail https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/cattail Every day the world around us is looking more and more like fall. This cattail stands tall as it ages and is about to burst and spread it's seeds. The photo was taken at North Meridian Road Park.

CattailCattail

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/cattail Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:42:46 GMT
September https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/september Yellow fields of goldenrod are everywhere.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/september Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:41:47 GMT
Reflections https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/reflections Another pic from my hike on the Ledges Trail.

The LedgesThe Ledges

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/9/reflections Fri, 02 Sep 2016 19:52:31 GMT
A Walk at the Ledges https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/a-walk-at-the-ledges The Ledges in Grand Ledge is a great place to spend an afternoon. There are so many interesting things to see, so many nooks and crannies to take pictures of. Take an afternoon off and see what you might discover. Here is a photo of the trail that follows the Grand River from Island Park to the Fitzgerald Park.

The LedgesThe Ledges

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/a-walk-at-the-ledges Wed, 31 Aug 2016 01:14:00 GMT
Winding Down https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/winding-down Flowers are looking ragged and butterflies appear worn around the edges. Kids are heading back to school and summer is winding down. Time to get out and enjoy the rainbow of summer colors before they fade away. Here is a photograph of a Silver Spotted Skipper feeding on a cone flower in Williamston Township Community Park.

Silver Spotted SkipperSilver Spotted Skipper

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/winding-down Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:03:21 GMT
Another Day at BULA https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/another-day-at-bula It's absolutely stunning to see birds so close when you are used to seeing them for only seconds through a pair of binoculars. 

Canada WarblerCanada Warbler
Canada Warbler 

Blue-winged WarblerBlue-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-gray GnatcatcherBlue-gray Gnatcatcher
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/another-day-at-bula Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:49:15 GMT
Burke Lake Banding Station https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/burke-lake-banding-station ​Yesterday I visited Burke Lake Banding Station (BULA) in Rose Lake SGA. BULA is open to the public and I highly recommend a family visit for a great educational experience. 

American Goldfinch in mist netAmerican Goldfinch in mist net
The birds are captured in mist nets and tenderly removed.

Rose-breasted GrosbeakRose-breasted Grosbeak

Ruby-throated Hummingbird ready for releaseRuby-throated Hummingbird ready for release
​The bander then identifies and takes several measurements of each bird.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the scaleRuby-throated Hummingbird on the scale
They jump up on the scale to be weighed. Note that all of the birds are not as cooperative as this Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

American Redstart ready for release.American Redstart ready for release.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird ready for releaseRuby-throated Hummingbird ready for release
When all of the data has been collected BULA assistants will place the bird on a volunteers hand to release it back into the wild. Sometimes they fly off immediately but often they stick around for a minute and you have to blow on the tail to get them to fly away, like the American Redstart and Ruby-throated Hummingbird in these photos.

 You won't find a better way to spend the morning with your family. Here is a link to the BULA Facebook site.

 

 

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/burke-lake-banding-station Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:01:55 GMT
All the Birds Flew Away? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/all-the-birds-flew-away I was watching a bunch of shorebirds through the binoculars when they all scattered. Hmm, wonder why they all flew away? Maybe it had something to do with this juvenile Peregrine Falcon flying overhead.

Peregrine FalconPeregrine Falcon

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/all-the-birds-flew-away Fri, 19 Aug 2016 01:17:44 GMT
Sora https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/sora The hot weather has dried up the ponds making it easier to see birds that are normally hidden in the cattails. As the water recedes they are forced to dart out of hiding in a search for food. Here is a photo of a Sora, a rail that is normally content to feed "undercover" and is rarely seen. But the pond at Hartrick Park is almost dry and tonight I caught it darting in and out of the cattails in search of food. Take some time to visit a neighborhood park pond in the early morning or late evening and see if you can catch a glimpse of wildlife that isn't usually so easy to see. 

Sora (rail)Sora (rail)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/sora Fri, 12 Aug 2016 01:55:43 GMT
One More Lighthouse Pic https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/one-more-lighthouse-pic Here is another view of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse taken on the same day as the previous photo.

Old Mackinac Point LighthouseOld Mackinac Point Lighthouse

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/one-more-lighthouse-pic Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:46:33 GMT
Another Barred Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/another-barred-owl Here is one of my favorite birds, maybe because I tend to see so many of them. This is the first Barred Owl that I have had a good look at in Presque Isle County. This is a young one that gave itself away with its screechy begging for food call.

Barred OwlBarred Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/another-barred-owl Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:33:45 GMT
Water Lily https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/water-lily On the last day of vacation I went kayaking on my favorite Michigan lake. It was very windy and the water was rough so I had to work hard to find a small protected bay where I could get a photo of a water lily and it's reflection. It just wouldn't be summer without a water lily photo.

Water LilyWater Lily

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/water-lily Sun, 07 Aug 2016 02:23:44 GMT
Hammond Bay Sunset https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/hammond-bay-sunset When you vacation on the sunrise side of the state it can be challenging to get a good sunset photo. Every once in a while the sunset colors spill over into the north east sky. Here is what you get when that happens.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/hammond-bay-sunset Sat, 06 Aug 2016 02:02:10 GMT
Alarm Clock is Still Working https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/alarm-clock-is-still-working Earlier this year I was up north on vacation and posted a blog about a Bald Eagle that would perch in the top of a pine tree just outside my bedroom window and wake me up with it's lovely voice. Well I'm up north again and the Eagle was there in the top of that pine tree at sunrise to welcome me back . As long as I was awake I stepped outside to watch the sunrise and try for a photograph of my friend. I wish I had an alarm clock like this at home.

Bald EagleBald Eagle

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/8/alarm-clock-is-still-working Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:13:27 GMT
Mackinac Bridge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/mackinac-bridge Here is a photo of a frozen Mackinac Bridge taken the same day I photographed the lighthouse.

Mackinac BridgeMackinac Bridge

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/mackinac-bridge Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:41:47 GMT
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/old-mackinac-point-lighthouse When I got the IR camera out of the bag last week I discovered some photographs that I had forgotten about. This IR photo was taken on a trip to the upper peninsula on March 05, 2015 in the middle of a horrific cold snap. The straits were frozen solid, there was an active ice bridge from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island and the Tahquamenon Falls were close to being frozen solid. I sure am glad that I rediscovered these. This is an infrared photograph converted to black and white.

Old Mackinac Point LighthouseOld Mackinac Point Lighthouse   

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/old-mackinac-point-lighthouse Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:07:38 GMT
Fern Frond https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/fern-frond ​I'm sticking with the black and white theme today and posting a photo of a sun bathed fern frond. The photo was taken at Bay City State Recreation area along the path to Tobico Marsh.

B&W FernB&W Fern

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/fern-frond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:53:23 GMT
Kinawa Woods IR https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/kinawa-woods-ir Here is another example of infrared photography showing the interesting detail and contrast clouds add to the photo.

Kinawa Woods IR 2Kinawa Woods IR 2

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/kinawa-woods-ir Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:22:35 GMT
Kinawa Trail Bridge - Take 2 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/kinawa-trail-bridge---take-2 I thought I would go ahead and post three pics of the IR photo from yesterday. Here are the original, soft and hard versions.

IR Kinawa Woods 1IR Kinawa Woods 1

IR Kinawa Woods 2IR Kinawa Woods 2

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/kinawa-trail-bridge---take-2 Sun, 24 Jul 2016 12:56:13 GMT
Kinawa Trail Bridge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/kinawa-trail-bridge Here is an Infrared photograph that has been converted to black and white. It is a small bridge on one of the trails in Kinawa Woods. If you are interested in finding out more about infrared photography check out this Wikipedia site

IR Kinawa Woods 2IR Kinawa Woods 2

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/kinawa-trail-bridge Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:34:58 GMT
Summer Butterflies https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/summer-butterflies Summer is the time for butterflies, all sizes and colors, common and rare. Grab a butterfly book and go for a walk to see how many you can find in one day. Here is a Mitchell's Satyr that I photographed in Legg Park this week.

Mitchell's SatyrMitchell's Satyr

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/summer-butterflies Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:49:47 GMT
Teasel https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/teasel Sometimes even weeds can be beautiful when viewed up close.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/teasel Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:05:21 GMT
Tall Ship https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/tall-ship While on vacation up north my wife and I were at Cheboygan State Park hiking the trial along Lake Huron when one of the tall ships, the Schooner Denis Sullivan, sailed by Bois Blanc Island headed south. It was out in the lake at quite a distance but none the less very exciting to see. Here is one of the pics I was able to capture just to the south of Bois Blanc.

Schooner Denis SulivanSchooner Denis Sulivan

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/7/tall-ship Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:02:52 GMT
Mourning Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/6/mourning-warbler I was up north in Presque Isle County for a couple of days visiting with family and was lucky to find this Mourning Warbler along the Bicentennial Pathway at Ocqueoc Falls. Mourning Warblers don't seem to be as plentiful as some of the other warblers so I consider it to be one of my favorite birds.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/6/mourning-warbler Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00:59:52 GMT
Grassland Sparrows https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/6/grassland-sparrows The Henslow's and Grasshopper Sparrows make their home in large grassland fields. Their voices sound like chirping or buzzing insects and they tend to "run" along the ground hiding among the grasses. Every once in a while they fly up to a perch and throw their heads back to sing their songs and tell the world what a wonderful day it is. You have to be patient to see one of these secretive birds but it is time well spent.

Henslow's SparrowHenslow's Sparrow

Henslow's SparrowHenslow's Sparrow

Grasshopper SparrowGrasshopper Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/6/grassland-sparrows Sun, 05 Jun 2016 01:34:38 GMT
Dickcissel https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/dickcissel I grew up on a farm in southern Michigan. On the south east corner of our property there was a small crab apple tree. Year after year I would listen to a Dickcissel sing its song from the top of that tree. Every year it would return and brighten my day with it's song. I have always wondered how many years that Dickcissel returned after I moved away. 

Last Friday as I was driving down a country road in southern Ingham County I heard a familiar bird song outside my window. I stopped the car and listened for a while. There in the top of a small pine tree was a tiny bird with it's head thrown back singing as loudly as it possibly could, dick, dick, cis, cis, cis.. I knew that this was not the same bird that I used to listen to years ago but it thrilled my heart to hear it sing. It brightened my day with it's song.

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DickcisselDickcissel

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/dickcissel Mon, 30 May 2016 02:27:06 GMT
Black, White and Yellow Flash https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/black-white-and-yellow-flash Years ago I would thumb through the pages of my "A Field Guide to the Birds" and dream about all the birds I would see someday. I would linger forever on the page of the Yellow-headed Blackbird and imagine wading through the swamps along the Saginaw Bay to glimpse a black, white and yellow flash and capture that moment with my little Kodak Instamatic 100. 

It took many years to realize this childhood dream but now every year in May I take a trip to Nayanquing Point SWA and snap a picture of this "legendary" bird. It pays to be patient!

Yellow-headed BlackbirdYellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-headed BlackbirdYellow-headed Blackbird

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/black-white-and-yellow-flash Sun, 29 May 2016 01:11:11 GMT
Imagination https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/something-different ​Once upon a time there were three billy goats, who were to go up to the hillside to make themselves fat ...

B&W CulvertB&W Culvert

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/something-different Sat, 28 May 2016 01:10:36 GMT
Stay Still... https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/stay-still Mama said "stay still and don't move, I'll be back shortly".
This photo was taken yesterday in Tacoma Hills Park.

FawnFawn

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/stay-still Fri, 27 May 2016 00:32:51 GMT
Prothonotary Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/prothonotary-warbler This is the bird that got me hooked. When I was 12 years old my aunt and uncle invited me to go birding with them at Point Pelee. I had the time of my life and saw somewhere around 100 birds for the weekend. But the highlight was seeing a Prothonotary Warbler with a perfect reflection in the water it was perched above. I will never forget that image. 

So every year around the 5th of May I go to Baldwin Park in southern Ingham County to see the Prothonotary Warblers that nest along the Grand River. As usual I was rewarded with some great looks at one of Mid Michigan's most beautiful birds. 

Prothonotary WarblerProthonotary Warbler

Prothonotary WarblerProthonotary Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/prothonotary-warbler Tue, 24 May 2016 02:14:11 GMT
Barred Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/barred-owl I never tire of this good friend stopping by to ask "who-who-who, who cooks for you?"

Barred OwlBarred Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/barred-owl Sun, 22 May 2016 02:48:09 GMT
Splash of Red https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/splash-of-red ​Here is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that was visiting Legg Park over the weekend. It's nice when the name of a bird describes exactly how it looks.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/splash-of-red Tue, 17 May 2016 11:31:15 GMT
Hello World https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/hello-world One wonders what mischievous adventures these two will be up to in the weeks to come.

Baby Raccoon'sBaby Raccoon's

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/hello-world Mon, 16 May 2016 02:42:51 GMT
Golden-winged Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/golden-winged-warbler A birding friend found this little gem in Tacoma Hills Park in Okemos Michigan. A Golden-winged warbler is a rare treat for us Mid-Michigan birders! The migrants are pouring in and "May madness" has taken the birding community by storm. Dust off the binoculars and get out to observe this wonderful treat that Mother Nature has provided.

Golden Winged WarblerGolden Winged Warbler

Golden-winged WarblerGolden-winged Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/5/golden-winged-warbler Thu, 12 May 2016 12:09:07 GMT
Dressed for Spring https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/dressed-for-spring Tree Swallows always look like they are dressed for some gala event. Got to love a bird in a tux!

Tree SwallowTree Swallow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/dressed-for-spring Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:57:02 GMT
Unlikely Visitor https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/unlikely-visitor Lucky, lucky me, today I saw my first Whooping Crane! Two of them made a stop in the Mid Michigan area on their migration back home, presumably to Wisconsin. They may have been blown off course by the nasty weather we had last weekend. This majestic bird is a sight to behold. It is our largest crane standing almost 5 feet tall with a wingspan of 7.5 feet.

The Whooping Crane is an endangered species. ​It is one of the rarest birds in North America. Before the Europeans settled on this continent there were 10,000+ Whooping Cranes. By 1941 there were only 21 wild and 2 captive Whooping Cranes alive as a result of unregulated hunting and loss of habitat. Conservation efforts have led to a limited recovery. As of 2011, there are an estimated 437 birds in the wild and more than 165 in captivity.

Learn more about the effort to save the Whooping Crane at Operation Migration.

Whooping CraneWhooping Crane
Whooping CraneWhooping Crane

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/unlikely-visitor Sun, 17 Apr 2016 02:23:26 GMT
Sunny Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/sunny-day A pair of Bluebird's enjoying the sunshine after many days of dreary weather.

Bluebird PairBluebird Pair

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/sunny-day Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:48:25 GMT
Magnificent Seven https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/magnificent-seven One of the things on my bucket list was to see all seven of Mid Michigan's Woodpeckers in one day in one county or better yet in one township. Yesterday morning I took a hike on the trails in Lake Lansing North and saw all seven of them in one Park! I saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Red-headed Woodpecker in that order. And to top it off I also saw both of the area's nuthatches, a White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatch! Here are photos of most of the birds. Unfortunately I did not get photos of the Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers at Lake Lansing North but did get them at my backyard feeder.

Red-bellied and Downy WoodpeckerRed-bellied and Downy Woodpecker Hairy WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker  
Northern FlickerNorthern Flicker Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerYellow-bellied Sapsucker Red-headed WoodpeckerRed-headed Woodpecker

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/4/magnificent-seven Sat, 09 Apr 2016 21:16:58 GMT
Cooper's Hawk https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/coopers-hawk On Sunday I found this Cooper's Hawk in Legg Park taking a lunch break. 

Cooper's HawkCooper's Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/coopers-hawk Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:13:16 GMT
Eastern Bluebird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/eastern-bluebird It's hard to pass up a photo opportunity with an Eastern Bluebird. Looks like this one may be helping out with some nest building.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/eastern-bluebird Sun, 20 Mar 2016 01:57:20 GMT
Fox Sparrow https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/fox-sparrow I found this Fox Sparrow in Legg Park today. This bird gets his name from the red color of it's feathers and the fact that it prefers to stay out of sight hidden amongst the bushes and tall grass. When I see this bird it tells me that spring migration is just around the corner. Let the fun begin!

Fox SparrowFox Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/fox-sparrow Thu, 17 Mar 2016 20:52:46 GMT
Mandarin Duck https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/mandarin-duck ​The Mandarin Duck is an introduced species and there is concern about competition with some of our native species. This photo was taken yesterday at Harris Nature Center in the flooded area immediately north of the nature center. I saw it there two times last summer, looks like it has returned with its mate for another season. Take a trip to Harris and see if you can get a look at this stunningly beautiful duck.

Mandarin DuckMandarin Duck

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/3/mandarin-duck Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:33:38 GMT
Soaking up the Sun https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/soaking-up-the-sun This Barred Owl is enjoying an afternoon siesta in the sun. I don't know about you but it makes me yawn just to look at him. The photo was taken today at Harris Nature Center.

Barred OwlBarred Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/soaking-up-the-sun Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:28:29 GMT
Hoary Redpoll https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/hoary-redpoll Here is the last photo from my winter trip to the Upper Peninsula, Sualt St. Marie. This is a Hoary Redpoll,a small hardy bird from the  Arctic islands of northern Canada. It is a rare visitor to the northern United States during winter months. There has been a lot of discussion over the past few years of combining the Hoary Redpoll and Common Redpoll into one species. 

Hoary RedpollHoary Redpoll

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/hoary-redpoll Wed, 24 Feb 2016 12:42:44 GMT
Sharp-tailed Grouse https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/sharp-tailed-grouse Here is another photo from the UP trip. This is a Sharp-tailed Grouse. There were six of them in this pine tree.

Sharp-tailed GrouseSharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-tailed GrouseSharp-tailed Grouse

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/sharp-tailed-grouse Tue, 23 Feb 2016 02:02:30 GMT
Hooded Merganser https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/hooded-merganser ​I just keep running into some of the most beautiful birds lately. This pair of Hooded Mergansers were hanging out on Sycamore Creek at the Sycamore Creek Driving Range today. They are rare for this time of year.

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Hooded MerganserHooded Merganser

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/hooded-merganser Sun, 21 Feb 2016 22:02:41 GMT
Short-eared Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/short-eared-owl There is something mysterious and magical about owls. Maybe it's their face, calm and wise. This evening I traveled to Maple River State Game Area and saw one of my favorite owls, a Short-eared Owl. It was the perfect end to a very nice February day.

Short-eared OwlShort-eared Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/short-eared-owl Sun, 21 Feb 2016 02:38:54 GMT
Bohemian Waxwing https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/bohemian-waxwing We went on a trip to the UP last weekend to find some of the winter birds. I will start with one of my favorites, a Bohemian Waxwing. There were at least 130 birds in this flock. Say ya to da UP, Eh.

Bohemian WaxwingBohemian Waxwing

Bohemian WaxwingBohemian Waxwing

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/bohemian-waxwing Sat, 20 Feb 2016 00:23:42 GMT
Red-headed Woodpecker https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/red-headed-woodpecker Wow! What more can you say about a Red-headed Woodpecker. It almost takes your breath away. These photos were taken today in Livingston and Genesee Counties. How lucky to see five in one day. (These photos are just different poses of two of them.)

 

Red-headed WoodpeckerRed-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed WoodpeckerRed-headed Woodpecker

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Red-headed WoodpeckerRed-headed Woodpecker

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/red-headed-woodpecker Fri, 19 Feb 2016 03:31:03 GMT
Harbinger of Spring https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/red-winged-blackbird It most certainly doesn't look or feel like spring but I saw a Red-winged Blackbird yesterday. Hopefully he knows something that we don't and spring is just around the corner. 

Red-winged BlackbirdRed-winged Blackbird

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/red-winged-blackbird Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:49:50 GMT
Pass the Buck https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/pass-the-buck This guy was so well hidden that I almost "Passed the Buck". It's amazing how well they can blend in. The photo was taken at Fennner Nature Center.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed Deer

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/pass-the-buck Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:19:32 GMT
Merlin https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/merlin Merlins are small falcons that feed on small birds and sometimes dragonflies. Merlins's spend long periods perched looking for prey. They migrate through mid Michigan and nest in the upper peninsula and Canada. I found this one in Legg Park Sunday afternoon.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/merlin Mon, 08 Feb 2016 02:06:25 GMT
Cold Shower (Bath) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/cold-shower As the days turn warmer and puddles form, birds are taking time to bath after the long winter. I watched this female Cardinal splash in the cold water for a few minutes before it flew off to dry in the sunshine. This photo was taken at Fenner Nature Center.

Cardinal taking a bathCardinal taking a bath

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/cold-shower Sun, 07 Feb 2016 13:12:04 GMT
Stare Down With a Red-tailed Hawk https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/stare-down-with-a-red-tailed-hawk Usually it is really hard to get close to a hawk. As long as you don't look at it you're ok, but take just a glance and off it flies. It is even harder to get one that will let you point a great big telephoto lens at it. Well for some reason this one just didn't care. The closer I got the more it dared me to get closer. Here is the result, a stare down with a raptor. Who won? Click to find out. I wish all birds were this cooperative.

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/stare-down-with-a-red-tailed-hawk Sun, 07 Feb 2016 03:12:19 GMT
Purple Finch https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/purple-finch Finally a Male Purple Finch at the feeder. Such a beautiful bird!

Purple Finch - MalePurple Finch - Male

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/purple-finch Sun, 07 Feb 2016 02:27:20 GMT
Battle of the Giants https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/battle-of-the-giants Last week I was at Maple River SGA and saw the Golden Eagle for the third time this year. This time an Immature Bald Eagle was trying to chase it away from a dead dear carcass. The Golden was full so he didn't pay much attention to the young eagle. I watched this "battle" for 15 minutes and then they flew off in different directions. The Golden Eagle is on the left in the photo.

Golden Eagle and Immature Bald EagleGolden Eagle and Immature Bald Eagle  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/battle-of-the-giants Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:16:19 GMT
Winter Wren https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/winter-wren For it's size the Winter Wren sings louder than any other song bird. Pound for pound it's song is ten times louder than a crowing rooster. It is unusual to see one at any time of the year because of their secretive nature, blending in to the brush and weeds that they inhabit. It is especially exciting to see one in mid Michigan in the Winter when most of them are vacationing in the southern states. I found this one in Legg Park yesterday. Here are all the pics from last week.

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Winter WrenWinter Wren

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/winter-wren Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:41:20 GMT
Ross's Goose https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/rosss-goose I've been having problems with my blog site so I have not posted much lately. Hopefully everything is fixed now.

Today there was a Ross's Goose in the Lansing area at the Sycamore Creek Driving Range. Ross's geese breed in the Arctic Tundra. They are smaller than a Snow Goose. It is quite rare to have a Ross's Goose in Michigan during the winter months as they generally overwinter in central California,  southern states and the north-central highlands of Mexico.

Ross's GooseRoss's Goose

Ross's GooseRoss's Goose

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/2/rosss-goose Fri, 05 Feb 2016 01:44:53 GMT
White-tailed Deer https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/white-tailed-deer It seems like White-tailed Deer are everywhere. Here are a couple that posed for me yesterday. They are keeping their eye on my walking companion, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Dexter.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed Deer

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed Deer

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/white-tailed-deer Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:03:13 GMT
Ducks on the Grand River https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/ducks-on-the-grand-river I was surprised to find a Black Duck on the Grand River today and even more surprised that a Green-winged Teal was hanging out with it. My lucky day!

Green-winged Teal, Mallard and American Black DuckGreen-winged Teal, Mallard and American Black Duck

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/ducks-on-the-grand-river Thu, 28 Jan 2016 01:09:55 GMT
Potter Park Eagles https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/potter-park-eagles The Bald Eagle pair were putting on quite a show at Potter Park yesterday.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/potter-park-eagles Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:00:21 GMT
Brown Creeper https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/brown-creeper I found this Brown Creeper in Legg Park Yesterday. It is so well camouflaged that it is hard to spot. Here are more pics from last week.

Brown CreeperBrown Creeper

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/brown-creeper Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:03:01 GMT
Another Bluebird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/another-bluebird There are so many Bluebirds around this winter that it is hard to resist taking a photo of them. Here is a female Bluebird that I found at Fenner Nature Center yesterday. She was right by the parking lot feeding on the edge of the prairie with seven other Bluebirds.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/another-bluebird Fri, 22 Jan 2016 01:35:12 GMT
Target Acquired https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/target-acquired As I was taking photos of pheasants in flight I quickly learned just why all of the pheasants were in flight. This juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was thinking a pheasant sure would make a nice snack.

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/target-acquired Thu, 21 Jan 2016 01:13:19 GMT
Frozen in Time https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/frozen-in-time Ring-necked PheasantRing-necked Pheasant

To capture this moment frozen in time
One must freely open their mind
Rely on what's not there for all to see
The moment you do this, the moment you're free.
by John Anderson

(See extra pic here)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/frozen-in-time Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:37:08 GMT
Maple River SGA Raptors https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/maple-river-sga-raptors Raptor numbers are high at Maple River State Game area right now. So far this year there have been Merlins, Northern Shrikes, Red-tailed Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Kestrels, Northern Harriers, Coopers and Sharp-shined Hawks, Bald Eagles and now a Golden Eagle. What a great place to visit if you like raptors.

Golden EagleGolden Eagle Coopers HawkCoopers Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/maple-river-sga-raptors Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:36:37 GMT
Winter Bluebird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/winter-bluebird BluebirdBluebird

I know the song that the bluebird is singing,
Out in the apple tree where he is swinging;
Brave little fellow, the skies may look dreary;
Nothing cares he while his heart is so cheery...
Emily Huntington Miller

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/winter-bluebird Tue, 12 Jan 2016 02:12:49 GMT
R.I.P. https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/r-i-p Far Above the MoonFar Above the Moon

This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I'm stepping through the door
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look different today

For here am I sitting in my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do.
David Bowie

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/r-i-p Tue, 12 Jan 2016 01:07:25 GMT
Harris Nature Center https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/harris-nature-center When the weather is blustery and I don't want to go very far away from home I head over to Harris Nature Center and Legg Park to see what birds are hanging out there. If it is too cold outside you can go inside and get a good view of birds that are visiting the feeders.

White-breasted NuthatchWhite-breasted Nuthatch Hairy WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/harris-nature-center Mon, 11 Jan 2016 01:22:51 GMT
Shiawassee NWR https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/shiawassee-nwr Yesterday seemed like an early spring day at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge, not the middle of winter. It was 42 degrees with light to medium fog, a lovely day for a walk on the Ferguson Bayou Trail. There were not as many birds as there would be on a spring day but the views across the wetlands was quite lovely. More pics from the day can be seen here. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/shiawassee-nwr Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:09:18 GMT
Tundra Swan https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/tundra-swan A friend and I drove up to Shiawassee NWR today to look for owls. We didn't find any owls but did see several groups of lingering Tundra Swans. Tundra Swans are such a beautiful bird with a lovely quiet voice. It was a real treat to see and hear them flying overhead.

Tundra SwanTundra Swan

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/tundra-swan Sun, 10 Jan 2016 02:52:20 GMT
Cold Duck https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/cold-duck A little bit of cold duck on a cold day on a frozen lake in northern Michigan. Warms the soul!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/cold-duck Sat, 09 Jan 2016 03:13:16 GMT
Maple River Raptor https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/maple-river-raptor This has to be one of my most favorite raptors, a Rough-legged Hawk. Usually Maple River is home to several of these beautiful birds, but they are late in arriving this year. Maybe because of the warm fall weather? Good news is they are finally starting to show up. Last Wednesday I saw three of them. Here is one that has just taken flight while keeping a close eye on me. Welcome back!

Rough-legged HawkRough-legged Hawk

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/maple-river-raptor Sat, 09 Jan 2016 02:52:52 GMT
Sparrows https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/sparrows I traveled to Wayne County with a friend today to look for two rare sparrows that were visiting a backyard bird feeder. We waited for several hours with a small group of patient birders and were eventually rewarded with a Harris's Sparrow and a Golden-crowned Sparrow. It was a good day to be out in the cold. A big thank you for the family that shared their yard with us!

Harris's SparrowHarris's Sparrow Golden-crowned SparrowGolden-crowned Sparrow

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/sparrows Sun, 03 Jan 2016 02:40:12 GMT
Smitten With The Mitten https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/smitten-with-the-mitten Here are a couple of birds that you don't normally see in Mid Michigan at this time of the year. Yesterday we found six White-throated Sparrows and one Hermit Thrush at Fenner Nature Center. It was a nice way to end a very good year of birding. Apparently these birds are as "Smitten With The Mitten" as I am!

White-throated SparrowWhite-throated Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2016/1/smitten-with-the-mitten Fri, 01 Jan 2016 14:37:52 GMT
Thank you! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/thank-you A Downy Woodpecker and Carolina Wren enjoy a seed cake that I received for Christmas. Thank you KT!

Downy Woodpecker and Carolina WrenDowny Woodpecker and Carolina Wren  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/thank-you Wed, 30 Dec 2015 01:08:42 GMT
Old Friend https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/old-friend ​One thing I miss about the cool weather is not being able to have the windows open at night to hear the Barred Owl calling "Who,who, who, who cooks for you?". But a few days ago I awoke in the night to hear one calling loudly just outside my window. I listened to it for a while as I slowly drifted back to sleep. The next day I was on a early morning walk with my wife in the woods behind our house when we heard a bunch of chickadees raising a ruckus in a pine tree next to the path. I was busy counting the chickadees when my wife whispered "there is an owl in that tree". Sure enough, a Barred Owl was peering at us through the pine branches, seemingly oblivious to the chickadees that were pestering it. I smiled to myself as I took it's picture and said "so nice to see you again old friend".

Barred OwlBarred Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/old-friend Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:38:53 GMT
American Kestrel https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/american-kestrel The American Kestrel is our smallest falcon and the only Kestrel found in North America. It is frequently seen sitting on electrical wires or hovering over a field searching for grasshoppers, its' favorite prey. They seem to be migrating through our area right now. I saw six of them in the Maple River State Game Area on Wednesday. They are quite "shy" and rarely allow you to approach very close. 

American KestrelAmerican Kestrel

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/american-kestrel Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:38:00 GMT
Once in a Blue Moon https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/once-in-a-blue-moon Well maybe not as rare as a blue moon but this is the first Blue Phase (Dark Morph) Snow Goose that I have seen. Sure do wish I could have been a little closer to this one!

Snow Goose and Blue Morph Snow GooseSnow Goose and Blue Morph Snow Goose

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/once-in-a-blue-moon Sat, 12 Dec 2015 02:25:38 GMT
Snowy Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/snowy-owl Here is a photo of a Snowy Owl sleeping in the only shade it could find on a hot December day. Somehow it just doesn't seem right to see these owls without snow.

Snowy OwlSnowy Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/snowy-owl Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:27:17 GMT
Northern Harrier https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/northern-harrier It is always a pleasure to see a male Northern Harrier. They seem to be quite secretive and reclusive compared to the females and immatures. Or maybe there just aren't as many of them around. Harriers very rarely fly close enough to get a really good photograph. Here is a pic of one of the two males my friend and I discovered on our quest to find a Snowy Owl. What a beautiful graceful bird!

Northern HarrierNorthern Harrier

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/northern-harrier Tue, 08 Dec 2015 13:16:52 GMT
Long-eared Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/long-eared-owl Yesterday a friend and I were on our way back from looking for Snowy Owls in the Shiawassee NWR and we decided to make a drive through the Maple River SGA. Just can not pass by Maple River SGA without taking a look around. Especially this time of year when all of the different raptors are showing up. Typically there are Kestrels, Northern Shrike, and occasional Merlin, Northern Harriers, Red tailed Hawks and maybe if your lucky a Golden Eagle or uncommon Owl. Well today we were lucky. There is a group of pine trees that we go by time after time and my friend always says "someday I'm going to find an owl in there". Today when we went by the pines there were about a dozen Bluejays raising a raucous. Quite often when Bluejays or Crows or even Chickadees are being very loud it means that they have found a raptor and are dive bombing it to try and chase it away. We stopped the car and began to search the pines to see what the Bluejays were bothering. It wasn't long before I herd my friend say in a low excited voice "Jim I've got a Long-eared Owl". Here is a pic of the very unusual Long-eared Owl. What a great ending to a very good day outside!

Long-eared OwlLong-eared Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/long-eared-owl Mon, 07 Dec 2015 15:51:58 GMT
Lunch at Fenner https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/lunch-at-fenner When I was hiking the trails at Fenner Nature Center this week I came across this Red Squirrel chowing down on a Black Walnut. Black Walnuts are really hard but it didn't take him long to get to the good part. Watching him eat made me hungry so I headed for home and a lunch of my own.

Red SquirrelRed Squirrel

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/lunch-at-fenner Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:08:06 GMT
Jack Frost https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/jack-frost  

FrostFrost

Come out, come out!
October is here;
Come out, come look!
The weather is clear.
Jack Frost has brought something 
for you and for me; his frosty white paintings --
A wonder to see! ...

Alice C. D. Riley
 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/jack-frost Thu, 03 Dec 2015 02:38:04 GMT
Hawk Watch https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/hawk-watch Late this afternoon I was at Lake Lansing with Bruce Cohen watching the evening gulls fly in for the night hoping to find something rare. Our gull watch was suddenly interrupted when an immature Bald Eagle flew over the lake scattering the gulls. We were quite disappointed to see the gulls settle down much further out in the lake making it harder to see them through the scope. But our disappointment changed to excitement when this Merlin flew in with a House Sparrow in it's talons and landed in the Cottonwood Tree just above us. Needless to say our gull watch quickly turned into a hawk watch or should I say watching a hawk eat dinner.

MerlinMerlin  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/12/hawk-watch Wed, 02 Dec 2015 02:02:05 GMT
The Trees Have Eyes https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/the-trees-have-eyes Often when I am quietly sneaking through the woods, being oh so careful not to step on a twig and make it snap, I get the feeling that I'm not as stealthy as I think I am. I feel like the trees and the bushes have eyes and I am always being watched. Do you ever get that feeling too? 

RaccoonRaccoon

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/the-trees-have-eyes Tue, 01 Dec 2015 01:36:27 GMT
Thankful https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/thankful I forgot about this photo I took at Fenner Nature Center last spring. So I will post one more today. So much to be thankful for!

Wild TurkeyWild Turkey

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/thankful Thu, 26 Nov 2015 14:22:38 GMT
In Flight https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/in-flight Today I thought I would post a couple of Ducks in Flight pics from my trip to Thorn Lake earlier this week. It is hard to appreciate the beauty of birds in flight when looking at them through binoculars. But slow things down a bit with a fast shutter speed and you enter a new world. Here are a Northern Shoveler and a Hooded Merganser. Happy Thanksgiving!

Northern ShovelerNorthern Shoveler

Hooded MerganserHooded Merganser

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/in-flight Thu, 26 Nov 2015 13:46:36 GMT
Snug as a Bug ... https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/snug-as-a-bug I was out for a walk yesterday and found this deer all snuggled up in it's warm cozy bed for the day. It picked it's head up to check me out just as I was getting ready to take a photo of it sleeping.

White-tailed DeerWhite-tailed Deer

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/snug-as-a-bug Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:06:26 GMT
Harlequin Duck https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/harlequin-duck A local Michigan birder found a first year male Harlequin Duck last Saturday in Michigan Center, Jackson County. I drove down with a friend on Sunday to find it but as it turns out we were looking at Center Lake and the duck had moved below the dam where it was feeding with some Mallard Ducks in the shallow rapids. We did not find the duck on Sunday so my sister asked if I would meet up with her yesterday and look for the little guy one more time. We pulled in to the Party Store parking lot and walked behind it where the river was and he was right there less than 30 ft away. Here are a couple of pics. More photographs from the trip to Center Lake and close by Thorn Lake can be seen here.
Thanks to R Green for finding the Harlequin Duck and posting directions on where to find it.

Harlequin DuckHarlequin Duck

Harlequin DuckHarlequin Duck

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/harlequin-duck Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:18:24 GMT
North Pole Express https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/north-pole-express ​I decided to brave the snowy conditions and drive north of Owosso to try for some pics of the first 2015 daytime running of the Michigan North Pole Express. I arrived just in time to hear the whistle blowing in the distance. It was very eerie to hear the whistle of the Pere Marquette echoing through the heavily falling snow. It wasn't long before I could see the lone headlamp appear about a quarter of a mile down the track. Soon I could make out the front of the engine and it was then that I realized that I had set up on the wrong side of the track! The smoke an steam were going to block my view of the train. Next time I will remember. Here are a few of the photographs from todays adventure.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/north-pole-express Sun, 22 Nov 2015 01:45:54 GMT
Winter Wren https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/winter-wren ​Here is a pic of a Winter Wren that my wife found when we were birding at Herman Vogler Conservation area in Presque Isle County early in October. This little one is famous for foraging low to the ground in dense vegetation. They very rarely stands still so it is always a thrill when one comes out into the open to shows off. This is a delightful bird and another one of my favorites.

Winter WrenWinter Wren

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/winter-wren Thu, 05 Nov 2015 12:57:10 GMT
Red-breasted Nuthatch https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/red-breasted-nuthatch Not much to say except that this is one of my favorite birds. He kept trying to land on my camera lens so I was able to get some close up shots. 

Red-breasted NuthatchRed-breasted Nuthatch

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/red-breasted-nuthatch Wed, 04 Nov 2015 12:40:58 GMT
Roost Tree https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/roost-tree ​The Pileated Woodpeckers continue to roost in a Beech Tree less than 75 ft from my back door. Here are some pics of the female answering the "doorbell".

 

Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker

Check the front door...

Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/11/roost-tree Mon, 02 Nov 2015 20:49:19 GMT
First Fall https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/10/first-fall ​Last Sunday morning I was up and out early to walk some of the local parks before I had to start the annual ritual of raking the leaves. Hartwick Park had large numbers of Dark-eyed Juncos, Tree Sparrows, Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds migrating through. This first year Red-winged Blackbird was kind enough to pose for me with some bright orange/yellow Maple trees in the background. It appears that he is enjoying his first fall. Soon he will be enjoying the warm southern weather.

Red-wing BlackbirdRed-wing Blackbird

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/10/first-fall Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:27:22 GMT
Morning Stroll https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/8/morning-stroll I was visiting Maple River SGA last Sunday and caught this deer family taking a shortcut. It was really hot so even though the fawns were a little reluctant to follow mom I think the cool water probably felt pretty good.

Deer FamilyDeer Family

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/8/morning-stroll Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:19:31 GMT
My Vacation Alarm Clock https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/my-vacation-alarm-clock Every morning around 6 o'clock, this Eagle perches in the top of a pine tree just outside my bedroom window and calls for about 30 seconds. It is quite often joined by its mate and together they raise quite a raucous. It's a very nice way to wake. 

Bald EagleBald Eagle

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/my-vacation-alarm-clock Fri, 24 Jul 2015 03:02:45 GMT
Look What I Found in the Park https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/look-what-i-found-in-the-park Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes are not the only critters out and about in the area parks. On Sunday I put on my mosquito warfare outfit and spent a few hours walking about in some of  the area parks. Did I see any mosquitoes, you bet I did. But there are a host of other critters out there also. Here is a sampling of what I found.

Common YellowthroatCommon Yellowthroat Pileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker

Aphrodite FritillaryAphrodite Fritillary Clay-colored SparrowClay-colored Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/look-what-i-found-in-the-park Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:16:33 GMT
Lake Michigan Lighthouse https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/lake-michigan-lighthouse It was a lovely day to be at the beach. This is the lighthouse that is at the mouth of the St. Joe River.

Here are the rest of the pics from the weekend.

St. Joseph LighthouseSt. Joseph Lighthouse

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/lake-michigan-lighthouse Wed, 15 Jul 2015 12:09:36 GMT
Mythical Creature? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/mythical-creature This insect has the wings of a lacewing, looks like a wasp and has grasping forelegs like a Praying Mantis. It is a neuropteran called a Mantispid. I have only seen a handful of these in my many walks over hills and dales. It is hard to find because it likes to hide on the underside of leaves and is only a half inch long. Some of them are green or brown so they are well camouflaged and even harder to spot. I found this one on the underside of a Milkweed in the Williamstown Township Community Park. I like to think of the Matispid as the Platypus of the Insect world.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/mythical-creature Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:50:08 GMT
Magnificent Frigatebird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/magnificent-frigatebird Over the weekend a Magnificent Frigatebird showed up on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the St. Joe River. Not sure how or why she is all the way up here from the tropics but the thought is that she got caught up in tropical storm Bill and deposited at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The first reports of a Frigatebird were from the Chicago area. The Magnificent Frigatebird has a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet, built for gliding above the ocean waves.. We watched it soar in the sky above us for 15 plus minutes without a wing beat. It was great to see this beautiful bird, I hope it finds it's way back home. More pics of the bird are here.

Magnificent FrigatebirdMagnificent Frigatebird

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/magnificent-frigatebird Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:07:19 GMT
Flight of the Bumble Bee https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/flight-of-the-bumble-bee I could hear the tune playing in my head as I watched this Bumble Bee dancing from flower to flower in search of nectar. 

Spiderwort & Bumble BeeSpiderwort & Bumble Bee

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/flight-of-the-bumble-bee Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:48:23 GMT
Eastern Box Turtle https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/eastern-box-turtle I drove over to Allegan County today to look for some birds that I had never seen before. I didn't find the birds but was very lucky to stumble on this Eastern Box Turtle. It has been a very long time since I have seen one of these. When I was young I would see them every once in a while. But since then they have become quite scarce. I have heard that their decline is in part due to people taking them home because they want another pet..... sad isn't it?
I also saw my first ever Hognose Snake and a beautiful three foot long Blue Racer. 
Click here to see all of the pics from the day.

Eastern Box TurtleEastern Box Turtle

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/7/eastern-box-turtle Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:50:26 GMT
Nayanguing Point SWA https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/nayanguing-point I would love to be able to get up every morning, brew a cup of coffee and sit on my back porch looking at a this. I am very fond of  marshes, swamps and bogs. Which of the two photos do you prefer, #1 (soft) or #2 (more detail)?
More pics from the weekend can be seen here.

Great EgretGreat Egret

#1

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/nayanguing-point Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:08:40 GMT
Yellow-headed Blackbird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/yellow-headed-blackbird ​This was my first really good look at a Yellow-headed Blackbird. Last year I took a day trip to Nayanguing Point SWA and had a fleeting look at an immature Yellow-headed Blackbird. So yesterday, even though it was raining nonstop in Mid Michigan I decided to take a chance and drive with a friend to Nayanquing Point and see if my luck might change. Well lucky for me there was no rain and the Yellow-headed Blackbirds were out and about, I presume feeding young chicks, and we saw a total of eight. Other neat birds for the day were an American Bittern, Least Bittern, Black-crowned Night Heron, two Piping Plovers and a rare Tricolored Heron. The last two birds were seen at east Tawas Point State Park. It was a very good day.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/yellow-headed-blackbird Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:24:40 GMT
Singing in the rain. https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/singing-in-the-rain I had a great day today birding with my sister in Hillsdale County. We saw 65 different birds while dodging the downpours and getting soaked by the wet grass and shrubs. The highlight would be this Hooded Warbler singing in the rain. Or maybe it was my first ever Orchard Oriole.

Hooded WarblerHooded Warbler

Hooded WarblerHooded Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/singing-in-the-rain Mon, 15 Jun 2015 02:07:01 GMT
Red-headed Woodpecker https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/red-headed-woodpecker I never tire of seeing this awesome bird. I saw this one at the entrance to Harris Nature Center yesterday. And I was lucky enough to see another one in Hillsdale County today. I wish I could have been a tad bit closer.

Red-headed WoodpeckerRed-headed Woodpecker

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/red-headed-woodpecker Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:36:44 GMT
Bird's-foot Violet https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/birds-foot-violet ​When I was a young lad I saw a photograph of a Bird's-foot Violet. Right then and there I vowed to photograph one someday. Over the years I have checked out many Violets but never was in the right place at the right time until last weekend. While looking for the Kirtland's Warbler near Grayling I noticed these small blue flowers along the trail. All of a sudden it dawned on me that I was looking at a flower that had eluded me for many years. Here are two photographs of Bird's-foot Violets. 

They are called Bird's-foot Violet because someone with a good imagination thought the leaves looked like a bird's foot.

Bird's-foot VioletBird's-foot Violet

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/birds-foot-violet Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:38:57 GMT
Legg Park Flowers https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/legg-park-flowers There are still wildflowers to see in Legg Park. Here are a few from last weekend. Wild Iris (LP)Wild Iris (LP)

Goat's Beard (LP)Goat's Beard (LP)

Wild Columbine (LP)Wild Columbine (LP)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/legg-park-flowers Wed, 10 Jun 2015 14:28:05 GMT
Kirtland"s and More https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/kirtland-s-and-more A friend and I drove to Grayling last Saturday to go on the Kirkland's Audubon tour which starts off at Hartwick Pines State Park. We were successful in finding seven Kirtland's Warblers, three seen and 4 others heard singing. On the way there we stopped at the Houghton Lake Nellsville Boardwalk and captured a Common Yellowthroat. After the tour we drove three miles and hiked around Wakeley Lake where I photographed this Black and White Warbler. It was a long but very relaxing day! All of my weekend pics can be seen here.

Kirtland's WarblerKirtland's Warbler Kirtland's WarblerKirtland's Warbler

Common YellowthroatCommon Yellowthroat Black and White WarblerBlack and White Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/kirtland-s-and-more Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:32:51 GMT
Liriodendron tulipifera https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/liriodendron-tulipifera I don't think very many people realize that Michigan has a native tree with such a beautiful bloom. This is the Tulip Tree, Liriodendron tulipifera,  also known as Whitewood, Fiddle-tree and White Poplar. Not only does it have a beautiful flower but I believe it is one of our most majestic Hardwoods. It can grow to heights of more than 165 ft which explains why many of use have never seen it's wonderful blooms. Click here to see all of the facts on Wikipedia.

Tulip Tree BlossomTulip Tree Blossom

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/liriodendron-tulipifera Fri, 05 Jun 2015 17:42:43 GMT
May Apple https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/may-apple You know it's Spring when the May Apple is in bloom. Every year I try to get an awesome photo of one and every year I am not quite satisfied. Here is my best attempt for this year. The photo was taken in Legg Park.

May Apple (LP)May Apple (LP)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/may-apple Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:53:19 GMT
"Under Cover" Snapper https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/-under-cover-snapper I was walking the trails at Maple River and almost stepped on this "Under Cover" Snapping Turtle. The scowl on it's face suggests that it was not too happy to be discovered.

Snaping Turtle (MR)Snaping Turtle (MR)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/-under-cover-snapper Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:56:49 GMT
Ovenbird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/ovenbird Last week I was up north in Presque Isle County. I went there to rest, relax and enjoy the spring bird migration. The woods were alive with warblers, flycatchers, vireos and many other birds. Their joyful songs could be heard nonstop. There was one bird in particular that made it's presence known with a beautiful and vibrant staccato song, the Ovenbird. They must have been very happy to be back home! I saw 105 species of birds for the week. I was very happy to be up north!

OvenbirdOvenbird

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/ovenbird Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:53:34 GMT
Shorebirds (Peeps) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/shorebirds-peeps When I was up north last week a storm blew through and these Peeps showed up on the beach. I usually see Spotted Sandpipers every year at this beach but this is the first time I have seen Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers and Dunlins mixed in with the Spotted Sandpipers. It is so much fun to watch them scurry about in the sand and waves searching for food. 

Semipalmated SandpiperSemipalmated Sandpiper Spotted SandpiperSpotted Sandpiper

DunlinDunlin Semipalmated PloverSemipalmated Plover

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/shorebirds-peeps Tue, 02 Jun 2015 12:45:40 GMT
Just a Baby https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/just-a-baby When I first saw this little one in the distance I thought it was a Golden Eagle! But alas it is a baby Bald Eagle. It sat in this dead tree for almost 30 minutes ignoring all the pointing fingers and the curios people in cars that stopped to get a look. What a thrill to get so close to such a magnificent bird. This photo was taken last week in Turner Park, Cheboygan Michigan.

Immature Bald Eagle (1st year)Immature Bald Eagle (1st year)

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/6/just-a-baby Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:12:02 GMT
Peek-A-Boo https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/peek-a-boo It's hard to sneak up on a Barred Owl.

Barred OwlBarred Owl  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/peek-a-boo Sun, 31 May 2015 19:42:23 GMT
North Country https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/north-country I'm up north for the memorial day week enjoying spring migration for the second time this year. So far it is looking pretty good with lots of Warblers and even some shore birds which is unusual for this area. Here is a pic of one of my Favorite warblers, a Blackburnian Warbler. More pics can be seen by clicking here.

Blackburnian WarblerBlackburnian Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/north-country Mon, 25 May 2015 15:55:26 GMT
Home Sweet Home https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/home-sweet-home I took the day off to drive down to Hillsdale County to go birding with my sister and a good friend. I enjoy going back to my roots and spending time on the old childhood walking trails. Here are two of the birds we saw today. What a great day!

Louisiana WaterthrushLouisiana Waterthrush

Canada Warbler (Female)Canada Warbler (Female)

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/home-sweet-home Fri, 22 May 2015 02:12:13 GMT
Wild Geranium https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/wild-geranium This week I spent a few hours at Legg Park photographing some wild flowers. I like the way these turned out.

Wild GeraniumWild Geranium

Wild GeraniumWild Geranium  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/wild-geranium Fri, 22 May 2015 02:02:29 GMT
Indigo Bunting https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/indigo-bunting I have been visiting Legg Park since the early eighties. I go there at least twice a week. Spring, summer, fall and winter are all special. Every time I visit I wonder "what special memory will I take home with me today?" Here is one from yesterday that I will not soon forget. 

Indigo BuntingIndigo Bunting

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/indigo-bunting Fri, 08 May 2015 18:20:37 GMT
Sunset in the Forest https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/sunset-in-the-forest I was finishing up my walk the other night as the sun was setting...

Forest Sunset (Legg Park)Forest Sunset (Legg Park)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/sunset-in-the-forest Fri, 08 May 2015 18:07:22 GMT
Spring Beauties https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/spring-beauties The Puritan Spring Beauties stood freshly clad for church:
A Thrush, white-breasted, o're them sat singing on his perch.
​'Happy be! for fair are ye!' the gentle singer told them ... Helen Gray Cone

Spring BeautySpring Beauty

Photo taken at Harris Nature Center.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/5/spring-beauties Fri, 01 May 2015 11:43:37 GMT
The Man In The Moon Stayed Up Too Late. https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/the-man-in-the-moon-stayed-up-too-late ...With a ping and a pong the fiddle strings broke!
the cow jumped over the Moon,
And the little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the Saturday dish went off at a run
With the Sunday silver spoon ... Bilbo Baggins

Evening MoonEvening Moon

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/the-man-in-the-moon-stayed-up-too-late Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:49:23 GMT
Woodland Trail https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/woodland-trail When I get on a trail like this I just can't stop because I always want to see what is around the next bend. Kind of like "the bear went over the mountain to see what he could see"....

Photo taken at Legg Park.

Woodland TrailWoodland Trail

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/woodland-trail Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:06:03 GMT
On Track https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/on-track Last night I was returning from my evening walk when I noticed the sun was breaking through the clouds and starting to paint the sky with wonderful yellows and reds. As I crossed the RR tracks the suns reflection off the rails caught my eye so I took a couple of pics and this is what I ended up with, Spring is on track.

On Track SunsetOn Track Sunset

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/on-track Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:04:00 GMT
Spring Flowers https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/spring-flowers Finally, spring flowers are starting to bloom! Photos were taken at Harris Nature Center.
Click here for some more weekend pics.

Dutchman's BreechesDutchman's Breeches Spring BeautySpring Beauty TriliumTrilium

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/spring-flowers Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:55:55 GMT
Ring-necked Pheasant https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/ring-necked-pheasant I have seen more Ring-necked Pheasants this year than I have seen in the past 5 years total. When I was young growing up in Hillsdale Co. seems like I saw one almost every day. Maybe they are making a come back. There isn't anything much prettier than this.

Ring-necked PheasantRing-necked Pheasant

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/ring-necked-pheasant Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:36:54 GMT
Sunset Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/sunset-owl Owls are one of my favorites and there is just something special about Barred Owls. Maybe it's the dark eyes? The Barred Owl goes by many other names, Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl and Striped Owl. This one spends a lot of time in our neighborhood. We have seen it off and on for the past several years and have enjoyed watching it raise its young. I was very lucky tonight to catch it "hidden" in a pine tree with the setting sun warming it up. Who-who-who-who, who cooks for you?

Barred OwlBarred Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/sunset-owl Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:01:59 GMT
Another Winter Wren https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/another-winter-wren Today I saw four Winter Wrens, three at Fenner Nature Center and this one at Harris Nature Center. I do believe that spring migration is finally here!

Winter WrenWinter Wren

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/another-winter-wren Sun, 12 Apr 2015 02:05:46 GMT
Country Road https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/country-road I guess my feet know where they want me to go ... walkin down a country road - James Taylor

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/country-road Tue, 07 Apr 2015 13:28:02 GMT
Hills and Dales https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/hills-and-dales ​Wednesday I spent the day birding and kayaking with my sister in Hillsdale and Branch Counties (kayaking in Ohio at Lake  La Su An). I grew up in Hillsdale County and going back to visit is always just like going home. I started birding there when I was around 10 years old, and feel like I lived half of my childhood on the "back forty" or outdoors in "Lost Nations" SGA ... lots of very good memories and dozens of really good birds. Someday I should get out my old checklist to see just how many birds I have seen there. Enough digressing, here are a couple of the birds that we saw on Wednesday.

OspreyOsprey

Bonapart's GullBonapart's Gull

 

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/4/hills-and-dales Fri, 03 Apr 2015 11:48:27 GMT
BIF - Birds In Flight https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/bif---birds-in-flight I love how a photograph can stop the motion of a birds wings so you can see just how beautiful the gift of flight is.

Canada GooseCanada Goose

Sandhill CraneSandhill Crane

Tundra SwansTundra Swans

Immature Bald EaglesImmature Bald Eagles

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/bif---birds-in-flight Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:04:26 GMT
Frozen in Time https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/frozen-in-time ​February was brutal with temperatures in the teens during the day and negative numbers at night. Michigan lived up to it's name of Winter Wonderland as the rivers and lakes froze solid and the snow piled up in the snow belts. Here is a photo of Tahquamenon Falls nearly frozen solid... awesome sight!

Tahquamenon FallsTahquamenon Falls

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Close up of icicle on left side of top photo to show how large it is.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/frozen-in-time Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:47:05 GMT
Winter Highway https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/winter-highway On the way back from Sault Ste. Marie we stopped by St. Ignace to see the "Ice bridge" to Mackinac Island. It was a bustle of activity as snowmobiles pulling sleds were constantly coming and going. Christmas trees mark the shoulder of the highway.

Ice bridge to Mackinac IslandIce bridge to Mackinac Island

Blowing snow obscures the Island 3 miles away.

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Three snowmobilers start their journey across the "Ice Bridge"

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/winter-highway Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:29:20 GMT
Say ya to da UP, eh? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/say-yes-to-the-up This was my first winter birding adventure in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. My wife, sister and brother-in-law went along to keep me company. We had a great time traveling around the countryside and saw many birds that I would not have seen this year had I stayed at home. The highlight would have to be the many Snowy Owls that we saw in the Pickford area, the awesome meals and the great company. Other highlights would be the Common and Hoary Redpolls, Pine and Evening Grosbeaks, Red Crossbill and a trip to the almost totally frozen solid Tahquamenon Falls. Oh, and I almost forgot,  the "lifer" dances that my sister kept doing! I am thinking that this will become a yearly adventure. Here is a pic of one on the Snowy Owls that we saw. More photos will be added here when I have a chance to go through them. (Next year I would like to spend a week or two in the area).

Snowy OwlSnowy Owl

Common RedpollCommon Redpoll Pine GrosbeakPine Grosbeak

Ruffed GrouseRuffed Grouse

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/say-yes-to-the-up Mon, 09 Mar 2015 11:58:41 GMT
Ingham Co. Snowy Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/ingham-co-snowy-owl I believe this is the first Snowy Owl for Mid Michigan in 2015. It was seen earlier in the week south of Williamston. This is the first pure white (90%) Snowy Owl that I have seen. That would mean it is most likely an older male. It is always a treat to see a Snowy!

Snowy OwlSnowy Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/ingham-co-snowy-owl Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:06:51 GMT
Old Squaw https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/old-squaw When I was a kid we called this duck an Old Squaw. Somewhere between now and then the name was changed to Long-tailed Duck. I'm not sure which duck is the most beautiful but this one must be high up on that list. This photo was taken on the St. Claire River by the Blue Water Bridge.

Long-tailed DuckLong-tailed Duck

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/old-squaw Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:03:40 GMT
Blue https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/blue On Saturday we took a trip over to Port Huron to see the ducks and gulls congregated in open water at the start of the St. Claire River.  I love to watch the gulls effortlessly glide through the air. These Herring Gulls were just downstream from the Blue Water Bridge.

Herring GullHerring Gull

Herring GullHerring Gull

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/blue Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:14:16 GMT
Listen to the Mockingbird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/listen-to-the-mockingbird A local birder found this Northern Mockingbird yesterday south of town on Plains Road. Lucky for me it was still hanging out in the same area this morning. I think it is quite rare to see a Mockingbird in Michigan, especially this time of year.

Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird

Northern MockingbirdNorthern Mockingbird

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/3/listen-to-the-mockingbird Sun, 01 Mar 2015 18:32:58 GMT
Maple River Hawks https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/maple-river-hawks We took another trip up to Maple River SGA on Saturday. On the way up we stopped by Potter Park and saw the Merlin. Then on to Moores River Park and saw the first Canvasbacks of the year. At Maple river we saw 11 Rough-legged Hawks and 13 Red-tailed Hawks along with another Merlin. Last year I struggled to find one Merlin and this year I have already seen four of them! Other pics from the day can be seen here.

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Canvasback

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Merlin

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/maple-river-hawks Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:04:49 GMT
Who, Who Am I https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/who-who-am-i My friend and I have been trying to catch this little guy sunning himself on his front stoop for 3 weeks. Third time's the charm! It worked today. This Screech Owl is a red morph which isn't seen as often as the more common grey morph.

Screech Owl (Red Morph)Screech Owl (Red Morph)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/who-who-am-i Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:11:16 GMT
Snug As a Bug... https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/snug-as-a-bug ... In a Rug. This mourning dove is all fluffed up ready for another cold night! 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/snug-as-a-bug Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:01:19 GMT
Carolina Wren https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/carolina-wren Off and on this Winter I have heard the "cheer - cheer - cheer" call of the Carolina Wren when walking in the neighborhood. Last Friday it showed up at our feeder for the first time and I missed it. Today I came home for lunch and look who was there to greet me. I hope it continues to visit us now that it has found a nice place for food and water.

Carolina WrenCarolina Wren  

Carolina WrenCarolina Wren

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/carolina-wren Tue, 17 Feb 2015 01:35:03 GMT
Red-headed Woodpecker https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/red-headed-woodpecker Since it was so cold today I decided to drive around the countryside with Dexter to see what I could see. I was rewarded with one of my favorite birds, a Red-headed Woodpecker. A rare treat for this time of year.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/red-headed-woodpecker Mon, 16 Feb 2015 01:50:36 GMT
Woodpeckers https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/woodpeckers This is the second time in the past week that we have had five different Woodpeckers in out back yard. Here is photo of a Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) that has just started to visit our feeders. All the pics can be seen here.

Norther Flicker (Yellow-shafted)Norther Flicker (Yellow-shafted)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/woodpeckers Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:06:53 GMT
Legg Park Kinglet https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/legg-park-kinglet Yesterday I decided to brave the cold and take a hike in Legg Park. The birds must have been snuggled up in warmer places because I did not see many. There were Pileated, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers' and a few Chickadees'. I was almost back to the car when I saw these two Golden-crowned Kinglets'. It is so hard to get good pics with frozen fingers and the fact that they never stop moving. Here they are all puffed up like little cotton balls with wings. There are a few more pics here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/legg-park-kinglet Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:16:43 GMT
Country Drive https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/country-drive On Saturday Dexter and I went over to Legg Park to see if the Winter Wren was still there and I found it in the same area where it was two weeks ago. After that we went south  of Okemos and found a Merlin on Willoughby Road. I took a couple of  nice front on shots before he took off after a Coopers Hawk. I stayed where I was thinking he would return after the chase and was rewarded with some nice pics of him landing. We continued our drive south (always thinking I might see a Snowy Owl) and was rewarded with a Red-shouldered hawk on the corner of Harper and Wolverine Roads. This was the first time I have seen a Red-shouldered Hawk (lifer)! All in all it was a very good day for a drive in the Ingham County countryside.
The whole series of Merlin pics and other birds from the day can be seen here.

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Merlin before it took off after the Coopers Hawk.

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Merlin returns after the chase.

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Red-Shouldered Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/country-drive Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:46:59 GMT
Gadwall In Flight https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/gadwall-in-flight It was a nasty cold drizzly morning but my friend and I decided to drive over to Moores River Park and look for a Gadwall that had been seen there yesterday. The Peregrine Falcon was present sitting atop the Eckert Power Plant but no Gadwall. We were almost back to the car when my friend pointed at a single duck in the river. Sure enough it was a female Gadwall. As I was setting up for a shot she took off up river, made a u-turn and headed back toward us. Sometimes you just get lucky.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/gadwall-in-flight Sun, 08 Feb 2015 20:48:12 GMT
Standing Tall https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/standing-tall Here is another common bird that is quite beautiful when seen up close. This one was stretched out to his full height as if to say "look at me, I am very handsome".

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Male House Finch

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/standing-tall Sat, 07 Feb 2015 02:39:14 GMT
I'm a Tree https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/im-a-tree Sunday during the snow storm I noticed this Hairy Woodpecker on the side of a tree in our back yard, quite as a church mouse. I watched for several minutes and he didn't move a feather. Hmm must be playing possum I thought to myself. Shortly after our resident Coopers Hawk swooped down from the treetops and chased a Mourning Dove off into the woods. The Hairy Woodpecker continued his "I'm just a part of this tree" routine for a few minutes more and then flew down to the suet feeder for a bite to eat. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/im-a-tree Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:46:24 GMT
Snow Storm Birds https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/snow-storm-birds Here are a couple of everyday (common) visitors that were at our backyard feeders during the snow storm yesterday. 

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Female Northern Cardinal

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/snow-storm-birds Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:01:54 GMT
Merlin https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/merlin It was nice to finally get a look at the Merlin that has been hanging around the Potter Park Zoo parking lot. This is a beautiful Raptor that I don't get a chance to see very often. Go here to see more pics, including the Merlin being harassed by 4 Crows.

Merlin @ Potter ParkMerlin @ Potter Park

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/merlin Mon, 02 Feb 2015 13:52:13 GMT
Winter Robin https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/winter-robin Robins seem to be showing up everywhere lately. Here is one that is drying off after taking a cold bath.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/2/winter-robin Mon, 02 Feb 2015 01:19:47 GMT
Mallard https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/mallard Sometimes it's nice to see a common bird up close. This male Mallard Duck seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and water even though the wind chill was in the teens.

Mallard DuckMallard Duck

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/mallard Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:42:49 GMT
Rare Bird Alert https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/rare-bird-alert Today I found a Winter Wren in Legg Park. It is rare for this time of year in Ingham County even though it has Winter in its name. This tiny wren is just a little over 3 inches long, hyper active and very shy. I consider myself very lucky to get a couple of good pics. See some more Winter Wren pics here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/rare-bird-alert Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:10:32 GMT
You looking at me? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/you-looking-at-me I was hiding under a big Oak tree along the Red Cedar River trying to get a better look at some ducks when they all scattered and this Red-tailed Hawk came in low above the river and landed in a tree about 40 ft away. When I pointed the lens at him this is what I saw through the viewfinder. Pretty intense stare, I'm glad that I'm too big for him to carry away. It could be that he was looking at my little friend Dexter and wondering if he would make a good snack. ;) More pics from yesterday here.

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/you-looking-at-me Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:47:52 GMT
FOY Snowy Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/foy-snowy-owl Sunday afternoon I drove up to Saginaw County to the area where I saw my First Of Year Snowy Owl for last year (2014). I couldn't believe it when I found this one sitting atop the same electric pole. This is # nine for me this season.

Snowy OwlSnowy Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/foy-snowy-owl Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:31:57 GMT
More Harris Nature Center https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/more-harris-nature-center On cold windy days or slushy sloppy days I enjoy driving over to Harris Nature Center and watching all the different birds come to the feeders. Someday I hope to see a Common Redpoll, a Red-breasted Nuthatch or an Evening Grosbeak! Here is one of my favorite feeder birds, a male Red-bellied Woodpecker. The rest of the pictures that I took on Sunday afternoon an be seen here.

Red-bellied WoodpeckerRed-bellied Woodpecker

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/more-harris-nature-center Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:10:42 GMT
More Maple River https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/more-maple-river Northern Harriers (4), Rough-legged Hawks (20) and Red-tailed Hawks (5) were very abundant at Maple River SGA on Saturday. We also saw 41 Pheasants and 57 Turkeys. I have never seen that many Pheasants in one place before. Here is a close up of a Rough-legged Hawk. The rest of the pics can be seen here. 

Rough-legged HawkRough-legged Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/more-maple-river Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:34:38 GMT
Snow Buntings https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/snow-buntings Last Sunday my friend and I took a drive up to Maple River SGA and I saw my first Snow Buntings of the the new year. There were over 100 birds in this flock. In my opinion this is one of our most beautiful winter visitors.

Snow BuntingsSnow Buntings

Snow BuntingsSnow Buntings

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/snow-buntings Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:58:07 GMT
Unusual Winter Visitors https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/another-cardinal Fenner Arboretum had a couple of late season visitors on New Years Day. A Chipping Sparrow and a Clay-colored Sparrow were hanging out together in the Prairie Grassland area. I also took pics of a Cardinal and a Red-tailed Hawk.

Chipping SparrowChipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

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Clay-colored Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/another-cardinal Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:49:03 GMT
Winter Bluebirds https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/winter-bluebirds I went on a long hike in Meridian Townships Legg Park yesterday. I saw a lot of birds feeding along the trails.  It was especially nice to see five Bluebirds feeding on some wild grapes. See all of the pics here.

BluebirdBluebird

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/winter-bluebirds Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:14:05 GMT
Dance of the Owls https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/dance-of-the-owls On Saturday I decided to take another trip to Shiawassee NWR and see what I could see. Lucky for me the Long-eared Owls were still roosting in their usual spot. I was able to find 7 of them. Others there said that they counted 10. As the moon was rising in the east (Canada Geese below the moon)  the Short-eared Owls (5 of them) decided to come out and put on an aerial show. It was spectacular! I think that I may have found a new favorite bird. All of the pics can be seen here.

Moon & Canada GeeseMoon & Canada Geese

Short-eared OwlsShort-eared Owls

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2015/1/dance-of-the-owls Sun, 04 Jan 2015 12:53:53 GMT
We three Owls https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/we-three-owls Yesterday I went on an afternoon safari with my friend to the Shiawassee NWR to look for owls. We were not disappointed. These owls were all within a quarter mile of each other.

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Long-eared Owl (There were 10 of them!)

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Short-eared Owl

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Snowy Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/we-three-owls Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:53:23 GMT
Lift Off! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/lift-off Here is a Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk Getting ready to take flight. When it comes to photographing birds it's not often that I say "darn it I'm too close". The rest of the weekend pics can be seen here.

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/lift-off Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:23:10 GMT
Morning Gems https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/morning-gems  

Here are three pics from a frosty early morning walk with Dexter. These pics were taken in the Kinawa Woods.

Northern CardinalNorthern Cardinal American GoldfinchAmerican Goldfinch

FrostFrost

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/morning-gems Sun, 07 Dec 2014 16:48:36 GMT
Pere Marquette 1225 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/pere-marquette-1225 The Michigan Polar Express yesterday north of Ovid-Elsie. Unfortunately it was too late in the day for good detail.

Pere Marquette 1225Pere Marquette 1225

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/pere-marquette-1225 Sun, 07 Dec 2014 16:23:55 GMT
Feeling Better https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/feeling-better Recovery from knee surgery is going well. Over the weekend I was able to capture a Golden Eagle and a big buck despite the dark, dreary weather.

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Golden Eagle in Gratiot County (Maple River SGA)

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Big Buck in Ingham County.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/12/feeling-better Tue, 02 Dec 2014 02:08:43 GMT
Day 5 Black & White Challenge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-5-black-white-challenge I took this pic yesterday (too cold and blustery) but had not had a chance to look at it until today. So here is my pic for day 5 from one of my favorite places to take photographs, the MSU 4H Children's Garden. This is another IR shot converted to black & white.

4H Children's Garden4H Children's Garden

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-5-black-white-challenge Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:22:49 GMT
Day 4 Black & White Challenge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-4-black-white-challenge Here is my pic for day 4. It was too cold and blustery at lunch to go outside for the IR photo that I wanted so I reworked this one instead. The photo was taken in natural lighting coming from a high window, no flash. The conversion was done in Lightroom.

YOung GirlYOung Girl   

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-4-black-white-challenge Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:18:38 GMT
Day 3 Black & White Challenge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-3-black-white-challenge I was too busy to get out and take a pic today so I'm going with this IR photograph converted to B & W. This was taken early in the morning while kayaking on Ocqueoc Lake in Northern Michigan. You are looking at a boat landing with a sun dog in the sky above it.

Oqueoc Lake Landing IROqueoc Lake Landing IRInfrared photograph.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-3-black-white-challenge Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:30:26 GMT
Day 2 Black & White Challenge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-2-black-and-white-challenge Here is my pic for Day 2 of the challenge. I only had a little time over the lunch hour to get out and about, unfortunately the sky was not cooperative. This is my rendering of Beaumont Tower on the campus of MSU.

Beaumont TowerBeaumont Tower

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-2-black-and-white-challenge Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:39:25 GMT
Day 1 Black & White Challenge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-1-black-white-challenge I was picked by my Nephew to the 5 day Black & White challenge. This is my entry for Day 1, a Red-tailed Hawk in our back yard.  I wonder why there are no chipmunks under the feeders today? 

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/day-1-black-white-challenge Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:18:18 GMT
Another Snowy Weekend https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/another-snowy-weekend My friend asked me to go on an early season Snowy Owl expedition yesterday. We were not disappointed and found this beautiful bird in Northern Gratiot County. It looks like it may be another Snowy Owl irruption this winter! There are more Owl pics available here.

Snowy OwlSnowy Owl

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/another-snowy-weekend Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:53:18 GMT
Snow is Here https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/snow-is-here Snow Geese that is. I'm finally finished "collecting leaves", so I got in the car and drove several miles to see my first Snow Geese of the year. I wish that I could have gone earlier last week when my sister was there.

Snow GeeseSnow Geese

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/snow-is-here Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:35:06 GMT
Campus Hawk https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/campus-hawk I met this very friendly juvenile Red-tailed Hawk when I was on my lunch walk one day last week. He just seemed to really like his picture taken and I was more than happy to oblige.There are a few more pics here.

Red-tailed HawkRed-tailed Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/campus-hawk Tue, 11 Nov 2014 03:02:27 GMT
Saw-whet Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/saw-whet-owl An area birder found this Saw-whet Owl at Fenner Arboretum this morning. Lucky for me it was still in the same area later in the afternoon when I finished raking the leaves in the lawn and had time to go "chase" it. This is a first time bird for me (lifer). I have wanted to see one for a very long time. Lucky, lucky me.

Saw-whet OwlSaw-whet Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/11/saw-whet-owl Mon, 03 Nov 2014 01:55:52 GMT
Rehab and Scruffy https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/rehab-and-scruffy On my lunch walk yesterday I saw some Veterinary  students rehabbing an injured owl and a Red-tailed hawk with a very scruffy tail. Click here to see some more bird pics from around the MSU campus.

Great-horned OwlGreat-horned Owl

Great-horned Owl

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Red-tailed Hawk

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/rehab-and-scruffy Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:49:15 GMT
Hanging Around https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/hanging-around Finally got a chance to take a couple of photos. I've been busy with other things. Here are a couple of Sandhill Cranes that are postponing there trip south for a few more days. These pics were taken on my lunch hour walk around the MSU campus.

Sandhill CranesSandhill Cranes

Sandhill CranesSandhill Cranes

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/hanging-around Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:56:32 GMT
Winter Coat https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/winter-coat Fall is here, the temperature is dropping and the male American Goldfinches are slowly putting on their winter coats.

Fall Male GoldfinchFall Male Goldfinch

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/winter-coat Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:32:13 GMT
More Sunrise https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/more-sunrise Here are two photos that show how much a sunrise can change in just a few minutes. The second photo was taken 5 minutes after the first one.  It almost looks like different sunrise!

Lake Huron SunriseLake Huron Sunrise

Lake Huron SunriseLake Huron Sunrise

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/more-sunrise Sun, 05 Oct 2014 00:17:04 GMT
Beal Pics https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/beal-pics Several times a week I walk through the Beal Botanical Gardens on my lunch break. Today I decided to stop, take my time and enjoy the flowers that are still in bloom.

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Apple of Peru

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Pokeweed and Achira

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Thorn Apple

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/beal-pics Sat, 04 Oct 2014 01:32:41 GMT
Happy Birthday https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/happy-birthday I just couldn't have asked for a better birthday present than this.

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Birthday Sunrise.

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Sunrise the day before.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/10/happy-birthday Thu, 02 Oct 2014 00:27:02 GMT
Northern Goshawk https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/northern-goshawk I was finally able to take time to visit the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory on Sunday. It was quite the learning experience. I would like to thank the crew of two for allowing me to observe the migrating birds and helping me with ID's. I saw hundreds of waterfowl, my first Dark-eyed Juncos of the fall, Pipits, Horned Larks, Savannah, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows, a Paregrine Falcon, Sharp-shined hawk, Black-bellied Plovers, first of year Red-throated Loons and Eared Grebe, but by far my favorite was this Juvenile Northern Goshawk. What a very good great first visit to WPBO.

Juvenile Northern GoshawkJuvenile Northern Goshawk

Juvenile Northern GoshawkJuvenile Northern Goshawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/northern-goshawk Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:01:30 GMT
Itsy Bitsy Spider https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/itsy-bitsy-spider I found this tiny backlit spider and web blocking a trail that I was walking down today. It looked kind of neat there in the sunshine so I decided to take a few shots from different angles and here is what I came up with.

Spider and WebSpider and Web

Spider and WebSpider and Web

Spider and WebSpider and Web

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/itsy-bitsy-spider Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:50:01 GMT
Garden Beauties https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/garden-beauties Fall is here and it won't be long now until these will be a thing of the past. Oh well, next year....

ZinnaZinna

Zinnia

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Zinnia and Crocosmia Lucifer

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/garden-beauties Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:02:10 GMT
Dewdrops https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/dewdrops Here is a spider web bedecked with glistening beads of dew.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/dewdrops Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:06:57 GMT
Diamond in the Rough https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/diamond-in-the-rough Today I was driving by a pond when I noticed that there were dozens of swallows flying around the surface and perched in nearby trees. I stopped to get a closer look and discovered that they were Northern Rough-winged Swallows that must have stopped in to refuel on their way south for the winter. I decided to try my luck at getting a photograph or two of them in flight. Such beautiful graceful flyers!

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Rough-winged SwallowRough-winged Swallow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/diamond-in-the-rough Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:31:32 GMT
More Flowers From Fenner https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/more-flowers-from-fenner Yesterday my friend and I spent the morning at Fenner Arboretum. The wind was from the south which must have slowed down the fall bird migration so I spent some time photographing some more flowers in prairie section.

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Butterfly Weed.

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Coreopsis.

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Butterfly Weed and Bumblebee.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/more-flowers-from-fenner Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:10:50 GMT
Another Sunflower https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/another-sunflower Not long now and the fields will be brown and the ground will be covered with snow. So enjoy the flowers while you can. Go for a walk in the great outdoors and soak up the beauty that nature gives to us for free.

Tall SunflowerTall Sunflower

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/another-sunflower Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:42:41 GMT
Burke Lake Revisited https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/burke-lake-revisited Last Saturday I dropped in to visit the group at the Burke Lake Banding Station. This Lincoln''s Sparrow was the highlight of the day. More pics can be seen here.

Lincoln's SparrowLincoln's Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/burke-lake-revisited Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:03:12 GMT
Vireo https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/vireo Here is a bird that I missed in Spring migration. I didn't think I would see one this year. But on Sunday my wife joined me on a walk at North Meridian Park and she picked out this Philadelphia Vireo flitting around in some bushes along the trail. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/vireo Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:44:31 GMT
Purple-stemmed Aster https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/aster I decided my weekend assignment would be to photograph the purple Asters that are so prevalent at this time of year. I have always struggled with how to photograph these flowers. These turned out better than anything I have captured so far.

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Legg Park in Okemos.

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Harris Nature Center in Okemos.

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Abbott Road Park, East Lansing.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/aster Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:12:24 GMT
After the Storm https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/after-the-storm Last Friday evening we had some severe weather pass through mid Michigan. Toward the end of the storm I decided to go out and capture some Infrared photographs. This was a first attempt and I am  very satisfied with the results.

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IR Storm CloudsIR Storm Clouds  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/after-the-storm Sat, 13 Sep 2014 01:37:17 GMT
Harris Nature Center Monarch https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/harris-nature-center-monarch ​Last  Saturday afternoon I found this newly emerged male Monarch Butterfly in the Tall Sunflowers next to the Nature Center at Harris. He is just finishing the process of "pumping up" his wings in preparation for his first flight. It is amazing to think that this butterfly that may have traveled less than ten feet as a caterpillar will fly more than 2000 miles to Mexico and spend the winter there. 

Monarch and Tall SunflowerMonarch and Tall Sunflower

Monarch and Tall SunflowerMonarch and Tall Sunflower Monarch and Tall SunflowerMonarch and Tall Sunflower

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/harris-nature-center-monarch Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:13:43 GMT
Butterfly Painting https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/painted-butterfly Here are three more photos taken yesterday at Fenner. This is a Cabbage Butterfly on a Flat-topped Goldenrod.

Cabbage Butterfly and Flat-topped GoldenrodCabbage Butterfly and Flat-topped Goldenrod

This photo is uncropped with very little post processing.

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Here are two cropped photos. The one on the right was shot in full sunshine and the one on the left was shot when the sun was under a cloud.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/painted-butterfly Tue, 09 Sep 2014 01:28:00 GMT
Breakfast at Fenner https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/breakfast-at-fenner Yesterday while walking the paths at Fenner we caught this Ruby-throated hummingbird eating a late breakfast of Butter-n-Eggs. Yum Yum ... Three more pics here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/breakfast-at-fenner Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:02:55 GMT
Dragon Head https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/dragon-head A friend and I went for a hike at Fenner Arboretum today. We hadn't gone far when we saw this deflated balloon falling from the sky. I really like the way it turned out.

Dragon's HeadDragon's Head  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/dragon-head Mon, 08 Sep 2014 00:42:23 GMT
Saugatuck Shore-Birds https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/kalamazoo-shore-birds Here is a pic of my favorite bird of the day, a Semipalmated Plover. Click here to see all of the shore-bird pics from the Kalamazoo River Trip.

Semipalmated PloverSemipalmated Plover

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/kalamazoo-shore-birds Sat, 06 Sep 2014 02:13:38 GMT
Kalamazoo River Kayaking https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/kalamazoo-river-kayaking What a beautiful day relaxing in the kayaks on the Kalamazoo River. Click here to see more Infrared pics.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/kalamazoo-river-kayaking Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:51:02 GMT
A New One! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/a-new-one Yesterday I went kayaking on the Kalamazoo River with my wife, sister, niece and brother-in-law. We put in at the New Richmond Bridge Park Access and took out at Wades Bayou. It was a perfect day for a paddle with the perfect company. I thoroughly enjoyed the almost 4 hour paddle.  Afterward we had a lovely Lunch at the Hickory Pit in Saugatuck. Last stop was the Mouth of the Kalamazoo River to look for shore birds. We were not disappointed, and saw Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Semipalmated Plover, Herring, Bonapart and Ring-billed Gulls, Caspian, Common, and a Forster's Tern. The highlight was this Great Black-backed Gull. All in all we saw 44 species of birds for the day. It was a very good/excellent day!

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Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed GullGreat Black-backed Gull

Look at the size of this gull next to a Semipalmated Sandpiper and Ring-billed Gull!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/a-new-one Wed, 03 Sep 2014 12:06:44 GMT
Cattle Egrets https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/cattle-egrets On Saturday someone reported two Cattle Egret at Maple River SGA. So Sunday afternoon Greg and I headed that way to see if we could find them. I was quite happy to see that they were still there hanging out on the causeway between cell C and cell D. Here are the best pics I could come up with.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/9/cattle-egrets Mon, 01 Sep 2014 21:05:01 GMT
More Burke Lake Banding https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/more-burke-lake-banding We went to the Burke Lake Banding Station again yesterday. Here is my bird of the day, a Canada Warbler. Click here to see the rest of the pics.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/more-burke-lake-banding Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:43:28 GMT
Wild Sunflower https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/wild-sunflower ​I stopped by Harris Nature Center in between rain showers today and was captivated by the Tall Sunflowers. Here is a closeup photo that I especially liked. I think this may be a Schweinitz's Sunflower.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/wild-sunflower Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:13:03 GMT
Snowy Egret https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/snowy-egret This morning I was finally able to get a look at the Snowy Egret that has been hanging out in the holding pond on the NE corner of Hulett and Jolly Roads in Okemos Michigan. It is nice to have one of these beautiful birds in the Mid Michigan area. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/snowy-egret Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:45:23 GMT
More Beach Flowers https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/more-beach-flowers Here are pics of two more Lake Huron Beach Bog flowers. The first is in the orchid family, Nodding Ladies' Tresses. It stands about 4 inches tall. The second is a Grass of Parnassus (Bog-star) flower. It is about 1 in in diameter. Click here to see some more photos of the Lake Huron Beach Flora and Fauna.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/more-beach-flowers Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:59:29 GMT
Fringed Gentian https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/fringed-gentian Thirty years ago, when I first started visiting the Northeast Lake Huron shoreline, these flowers were not hard to find around the boggy beach areas (Marl Bogs) so prevalent in this part of the state. This past week I looked in places where Fringed Gentians were once quite abundant and was able to find only two plants. Problem is too many people find these flowers more attractive in a vase on their table top than in their natural setting.  Also as more houses are built along the shore the bogs are drained or filled in so there is a nice sandy beach to play on. It makes me sad to think that future generations may never see one of these flowers in their natural setting. Click here to see all of the Fringed Gentian pics.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/fringed-gentian Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:25:28 GMT
Take Off! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/take-off The eagle was back in its usual early morning roost looking out over Lake Huron. I hung around for a bit and was able to get these photos off him lifting off and flying away.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/take-off Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:23:50 GMT
Lighthouses https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/lighthouses Yesterday afternoon we finally had a peak at bright blue skies and warm sunshine. We decided to drive up to Cheboygan State Park and hike the green trail along the lakeshore. We saw several warblers and had good looks at Poe Reef and 14 Foot Shoal Lighthouses. It was a gorgeous day and a beautiful walk.

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Poe Reef Lighthouse.

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14 Foot Shoal Lighthouse and Big Mac.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/lighthouses Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:07:56 GMT
The Eagle is Back https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/the-eagle-is-back The Eagle is back in its' usual spot serenading us in the early morning. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/the-eagle-is-back Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:46:35 GMT
Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/hazy-lazy-days-of-summer Yesterday a rainbow, today fog and clouds. Ya gotta love Michigan weather. FogFog

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/hazy-lazy-days-of-summer Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:14:53 GMT
Beautiful Ending https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/beautiful-ending It rained on and off all day today but we were still able to get in plenty of outdoor time. It ended perfectly with this beautiful rainbow. There was just a tad bit of a double which shows better in the second pic.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/beautiful-ending Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:29:53 GMT
A New Look at the World https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/a-new-look-at-the-world Earlier this year I developed a fast growing cataract in my right eye. Two weeks ago I had the lens (cataract) removed and replaced with a new  intraocular lens implant. I had not realized how much the cataract had affected my vision. Just a few days after the surgery I was looking at a new world. Suddenly I was immersed in bright, crisp, saturated images. In celebration I made a visit to the MSU Children's Garden to take some macro photographs of the flowers and insects. Here are a couple of my favorites. Click here to see more photos from the day. Oh Happy Day!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/a-new-look-at-the-world Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:11:18 GMT
Burke Lake Banding Station https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/burke-lake-banding-station Saturday morning we drove to the Burke Lake Banding Station to learn first hand what banding birds is all about. Here is a Canada Warbler that was caught in the nets during our visit. Here are more pics that I took on Saturday.
Here is a link to the Burke Lake Banding Station Facebook page

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/burke-lake-banding-station Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:28:26 GMT
Afternoon Hummer https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/afternoon-hummer I took a short break today and drove over to Harris Nature Center. The hummers at the trumpet vine caught my attention. Of coarse as soon as I got close they all decided to go some place else. Here is best I could come up with.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/afternoon-hummer Thu, 07 Aug 2014 21:37:55 GMT
Blue Grosbeak https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/blue-grosbeak Last Sunday a friend and I took a drive over to Kalamazoo to look for a Blue Grosbeak that had been seen along the river walk. We spent a good share of the day there and was lucky to come away with a photograph of the male and female. The last time a Blue Grosbeak was seen in Kalamazoo was 57 years ago!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/blue-grosbeak Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:14:43 GMT
Piping Plover https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/piping-plover All summer I have been trying to get up to Tawas Point to see the Piping Plover and Nayanquing Point to see the Yellow-headed Blackbird. Well last Saturday I finally made the trip and was not disappointed. I saw a juvenile Yellow-headed Blackbird but did not get a pic. Here is a pic of the Piping Plover and here are some more pics from the trip. Every week there is a new place to explore.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/8/piping-plover Thu, 07 Aug 2014 01:26:07 GMT
Harris NC Hawk https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/harris-nc-hawk I stopped by the Harris Nature Center on Sunday before the storms rolled through and took this photo of one of the resident Red-tailed Hawks. I believe this is Aztec.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/harris-nc-hawk Wed, 30 Jul 2014 01:15:12 GMT
Home Sweet Home https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/home-sweet-home Every time I see an old worn down house I can't help but think that this used to be someones home. And I think of all the memories, happy and sad, that are held within the crumbling walls. Just imagine  the stories it could tell!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/home-sweet-home Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:57 GMT
Morning Stretches https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/morning-stretches I had to laugh when I saw this Marsh Wren. It must be frustrating living in a cattail marsh and trying to perch on the moving, bendable leaves. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/morning-stretches Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:11:45 GMT
Least Bitterns https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/least-bitterns Yesterday I stopped by Maple River SGA and was lucky to see and photograph two Least Bitterns in the East end of Unit C. I wasn't sure that was what they were until I got home and looked at the pics. I had some help ID'ing them from birders on the Michigan Birders Facebook site.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/least-bitterns Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:15:51 GMT
Female and Juvenile Bobolinks https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/female-and-juvenile-bobolinks I took a short trip up to Mount Pleasant to look for some Clay-colored Sparrows. I did not get a photo of them but there were several Female and Juvenile Bobolink's that were just begging to have their photo taken.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/female-and-juvenile-bobolinks Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:59:49 GMT
Something Different https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/something-different I saw this Dragonfly at Rose Lake while looking for a Sedge Wren and Hooded Warbler. I believe it is a Widow Skimmer.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/something-different Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:54:46 GMT
Hooded Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/hooded-warbler A friend and I went to Rose Lake SGA early Saturday morning in search of Hooded Warblers. We had some help from another birder that had seen a couple of them the previous weekend. We walked about four miles searching for Sedge Wrens in a bog along the way. No Sedge Wrens but we did find the Hooded. It was a lifer for him and a first of year for me. What a great way to spend a warm summer morning in July.

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Hooded WarblerHooded Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/hooded-warbler Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:01:47 GMT
Doe and Fawn https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/doe-and-fawn Quite often when I drive places I take the back roads in hopes of finding a new bird or something interesting to photograph. Last Sunday I was lucky enough to see three deer families feeding in the fields along the edge of a woods. The mothers are always on the guard looking out for danger. This mother was about an eighth of a mile away but still kept her eye on my every move.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/doe-and-fawn Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:06:54 GMT
Summer Lupine https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/summer-lupine I couldn't resist taking a picture of these Lupine. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/summer-lupine Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:51:38 GMT
Prothonotary Farewell https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/prothonotary-farewell Last Sunday I went kayaking on the Grand River to say goodbye to the Prothonotary Warblers for this year. The little ones have fledged in all but one nesting cavity. After they fledge the families seem to just disappear into thin air. I will miss not seeing them on my river trips. Farewell to a most beautiful bird. More photos can be seen here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/prothonotary-farewell Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:30:57 GMT
Dickcissel https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/dickcissel The last time I saw a  a Dickcissel I was a teenager. I was riding my bicycle down Burt Road in Hillsdale County when I heard a new bird song. The lovely song was coming from a small bird perched atop a tiny apple tree. I knew immediately that it was my first Dickcissel. I have been wanting to see another one for some time now. So when I heard the reports that birders were seeing one along Damman Road just south of Fowlerville I grabbed my binoculars and camera and was on my way down the road. It wasn't long before I was rewarded with some great views of this singing male. A great big Thank you to those that passed on the location of this beautiful bird.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/dickcissel Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:07:45 GMT
Bald Eagle https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/bald-eagle Last week on my vacation, at 5:30 every morning, this magnificent bird would perch in the top of a Spruce Tree less than 50 feet from my bedroom window and wake me up with it's good morning calls.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/bald-eagle Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:37:21 GMT
Number 200 for 2014 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/number-200-for-2014 When I started my "Big Year" I figured that 175 birds would be a fantastic number. Two weeks ago, to my amazement, I found myself approaching 200. So I started to plan a way to make number 200 something special. It was going to be a bird that I had seen with my Aunt Mary, Uncle Clifford, Aunt Thera and Uncle Paul. These were the special people in my life that got me started in birding and why I am a "Bird Nerd" to this day. So here is number 200, a Kirtland's Warbler. It was a very good day! Now to see how far I can go beyond 200. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/7/number-200-for-2014 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 01:59:41 GMT
Shiawassee IR https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/shiawassee-ir Last weekend when I went kayaking at the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge I took time to capture some Infra red photos. This is one that I liked a lot. You can see the rest of the Shiawassee IR photos here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/shiawassee-ir Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:52:52 GMT
Finally Found One https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/finally-found-one For some reason I have had a very hard time finding a Swamp Sparrow this year, until this weekend. This little guy flew right out into my path where I couldn't miss him. Here are some more pics from the weekend.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/finally-found-one Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:54:37 GMT
Osprey https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/osprey Yesterday I visited Maple River SGA and Shiawasee NWR. I saw four new birds for the year and a couple of Osprey. This one was intent on fishing and wasn't paying a bit of attention to me. I was hoping to see it catch a fish but no such luck. It was a great day to be outside in my kayak.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/osprey Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:16:21 GMT
Cerulean Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/cerulean-day A friend and I decided to visit Barry County today and see if we could find a Cerulean Warbler. Long story short, we found three of them. This is one beautiful bird, and we are two lucky birders. This was the best shot I could come up with.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/6/cerulean-day Sun, 15 Jun 2014 01:35:45 GMT
Lunch Time https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/lunch-time I found this Pileated Woodpecker nest several weeks ago. I have been waiting to take pics when the lighting was soft. Alas I fear the babies are getting big and my time for the perfect lighting is running out. So I braved the mosquitoes, sat in the woods for a while and was rewarded with some excellent views of both parents feeding the young ones. This is the first time that I have  seen baby Pileated Woodpeckers and they are just as cute as I imagined they would be.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/lunch-time Sun, 01 Jun 2014 01:41:28 GMT
Grasshopper Sparrow https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/grasshopper-sparrow I finally found the time to go to the Van Atta Road Nature Preserve and look for the Grasshopper and Henslow's Sparrows that others have been seeing this spring. Another group of birders showed up and I joined them in the hunt. Luckily one of them had brought his scope along and we were able to get good looks at both of the birds. We were also able to clearly hear them singing. The Henslow's Sparrow is a lifer. It was a very good day. Here are some pics of the Grasshopper, the Henslow's was too far away for pics.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/grasshopper-sparrow Sat, 31 May 2014 21:23:00 GMT
Eye on the Dog https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/eye-on-the-dog This little chipper was very interested in my walking companion, a Corgi named Dexter.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/eye-on-the-dog Fri, 30 May 2014 00:58:27 GMT
Leucistic Robin https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/leucistic-robin Earlier in the year someone reported seeing a leucistic Robin at the MSU Clarence E Lewis Landscape Arboretum. So I have been walking through there almost every day to see if I could find it. Well today was my lucky day. At 12:30 I saw the Robin at the west end of the Arboretum, specifically in the Yvonne Wilson Native Plant Garden. All I had was my iPhone to take pics so this is the best I could do.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/leucistic-robin Thu, 29 May 2014 17:23:45 GMT
Blue-headed Vireo https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/blue-headed-vireo Here is a tiny bird with a beautiful song and nice white spectacles. I love how birds always know you are watching them, and sometimes they take the time to scrutinize you. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/blue-headed-vireo Thu, 29 May 2014 01:27:47 GMT
Prairie Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/prairie-warbler ​On my way home from a weekend up north I receive an email that a local birder had found a Prairie Warbler in North Meridian Park. When I got home I unpacked the car, grabbed the camera and binoculars and headed over to the Park to see if the little guy was still hanging around. As I approached the Savannah loop I could hear his lovely song and it didn't take long to find him. Here are pics of the Prairie Warbler. I believe this is only the 2nd time a Prairie Warbler has been found in Ingham County.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/prairie-warbler Wed, 28 May 2014 01:32:23 GMT
Dwarf Lake Iris https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/dwarf-lake-iris I visited Thompson"s Harbor State Park today and was surprised to see Dwarf Lake Iris in the hundreds. I did not know that it was the Michigan State wildflower. "The Dwarf Lake Iris only grows in the Great Lakes area and most of the world's population of this Iris is found within the borders of Michigan". This is certainly one of the most unique and beautiful spring wildflowers.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/dwarf-lake-iris Tue, 27 May 2014 02:28:12 GMT
Ovenbird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/ovenbird I'm up North in Presque Isle Co for the weekend. Usually the Warblers are here by the hundreds this time of year but I am finding them few and far between. It must be the late Spring. But the Ovenbirds are everywhere. It is hard to miss their vivacious song.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/ovenbird Mon, 26 May 2014 01:42:20 GMT
Tennessee Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/tennessee-warbler The parking area at Unit A in the Maple River SGA was very active early Sunday morning. There were so many Warblers that I am sure I missed some. Here is a Tennessee Warbler that was a first of the year for me . See more weekend pics here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/tennessee-warbler Fri, 23 May 2014 01:30:54 GMT
Chimney Swift https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/chimney-swift This bird is commonly referred to as a cigar with wings. I am including a couple more pics of birds in flight (BIF).

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Tree Swallow

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Common Night Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/chimney-swift Wed, 21 May 2014 12:17:32 GMT
WOW https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/wow A friend and I went birding at Sleepy Hollow State Park this morning. I knew that we had seen a Blue-winged Warbler, but it wasn't until I got home and started going through the photographs that I realized we had seen a hybrid Blue-winged/Golden-winged Warbler or what they used to call a Brewster's Warbler. Wow, what a beautiful bird.

Brewster's WarblerBrewster's Warbler

Brewster's WarblerBrewster's Warbler

Brewster's WarblerBrewster's Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/wow Sun, 18 May 2014 02:14:16 GMT
Over the Canopy https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/over-the-canopy I was walking under the Maples on the Ferguson Bayou Trail when a Sandhill Crane flew overhead. Here is the photo that I ended up capturing despite all of the leaves and branches. All of last weekends birds can be seen here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/over-the-canopy Fri, 16 May 2014 01:33:30 GMT
Looking Glass https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/looking-glass Last Sunday morning I kayaked on the Looking Glass River. For some reason this river is always good for reflections...
If you listen closely you can hear a Prothonotary Warbler singing and Sora Rails calling in the background. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/looking-glass Thu, 15 May 2014 14:11:18 GMT
Blue Angel https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/blue-angel This Great Blue Heron was putting on an air show over Legg Park, silent and beautiful.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/blue-angel Thu, 15 May 2014 00:46:03 GMT
More Gems https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/more-gems This morning a friend and I went to Legg Park to see how many species of birds we could see in one day. We ended up with 62. Some of the birds that I saw but did not get pictures of were Cape May and Bay-breasted Warblers. We saw a total of 15 Warblers. I think it was a very good day for Legg Park!

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Baltimore Oriole

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Magnolia Warbler

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Blackburnian Warbler

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Chestnut-sided Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/more-gems Sun, 11 May 2014 02:08:37 GMT
# 150 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/-150 This is number one hundred fifty for 2014. I was hoping that it would be a good one and my wish came true. This is a Dunlin, the photo was taken from my kayak (have I ever mentioned that I like kayaking?). This was on my first trip to the Shiawasee National Wildlife Refuge. I can see myself making many more trips back here! More Dunlin pics can be seen here along with a few other shore birds.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/-150 Sat, 10 May 2014 02:27:36 GMT
Everything's Rosie https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/everythings-rosie I took the afternoon off for some relaxation. Here is what I saw along the Lansing River Trail, and more.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/everythings-rosie Wed, 07 May 2014 01:47:28 GMT
Welcome Home https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/welcome-home If you have followed me for long then you know that by far my favorite bird is the Prothonotary Warbler. I took the kayak out today to see if I could find my first one of the year. Not only did I find one but I found a pair that were working on their nesting site. Now I will be able to follow them as they raise their young. Welcome home Mr. and Mrs. Prothonotary! More pics here.

Protonotary WarblerProtonotary Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/welcome-home Mon, 05 May 2014 01:35:07 GMT
Warbler Invasion https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/warbler-invasion Finally the warbler migration has begun. Without a doubt, this is my favorite time of the year.

Pine WarblerPine Warbler

Pine Warbler (Fenner)

Palm WarblerPalm Warbler

Palm Warbler (Fenner)

Black-throated Green WarblerBlack-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler (Legg Park)

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Nashville Warbler (Legg Park)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/5/warbler-invasion Sun, 04 May 2014 02:28:14 GMT
Caspian Ghost https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/caspian-ghost The bright overcast sky made this shot of a Caspian Tern a challenge. It was just plain luck, and a little bit of foresight, that got this exposure pretty much spot on. This was taken today at Maple River SGA. More weekend Pics here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/caspian-ghost Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:05:29 GMT
Blue-headed Vireo https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/blue-headed-vireo It was sure nice to see this little gem at Fenner today.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/blue-headed-vireo Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:01:12 GMT
White-throated Sparrow https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/white-throated-sparrow Once you have heard the White-throated Sparrow sing it's lovely "Pure Sweet Canada, Canada, Canada" you will never forget it. Every time I hear it I am transported back in time to the days when I went on fishing expeditions with my father and uncles on a lake north of Wawa Ontario. Those were some of the best days of my life. Photo taken at Fenner Nature Center.

White-throated SparrowWhite-throated Sparrow

White-throated SparrowWhite-throated Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/white-throated-sparrow Sun, 27 Apr 2014 02:10:36 GMT
Free as a Bird https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/rfree-as-a-bird One more pic from my last trip to Maple River SGA. I like to imagine that this Rough-legged Hawk is thinking, "don't you wish you could be free like me?".

Rough Legged HawkRough Legged Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/rfree-as-a-bird Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:56:59 GMT
Maple River Trumpeter Swans https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/maple-river-trumpeter-swans Here is a photo and video that I took of some Trumpeter Swans at Maple River SGA two weeks ago. If you listen closely you can hear them trumpeting despite the noisy Geese.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/maple-river-trumpeter-swans Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:32:15 GMT
Whistle Pig https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/whistle-pig  

Happy Earth Day!

Whistle PigWhistle Pig

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/whistle-pig Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:19:41 GMT
More Easter Morning Pics https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/more-easter-morning-pics Here is another Ruby-crowned Kinglet and more Easter Morning treats hidden in the woods at Harris Nature Center.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/more-easter-morning-pics Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:10:10 GMT
Song and Dance https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/song-and-dance On Easter morning I found several Wood Ducks singing and dancing in the treetops along the Harris Nature Center trails . The males were out to impress the females and they were doing a mighty fine job. Whenever I see this Wood Duck dance I can't help but think of the Lionel Richie song "Oh what a feeling when we're dancing on the ceiling".

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Wood DuckWood Duck

Wood DuckWood Duck

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/song-and-dance Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:03:22 GMT
Yellow-throated Warbler https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/yellow-throated-warbler On Easter the reports started coming in on the midmichiganbirders listserv. There was a Yellow-throated Warbler at Hawk Ialand Park. I couldn't get away to go and search for it and I never thought he would stick around until today.

For lunch I took some extra time to drive over to the park and there he was, singing his little heart out. I am very thankful that this beautiful bird stuck around for an extra day so I and many others could have a look. You can take a peek at some more photos here.

Yellow-throated WarblerYellow-throated Warbler

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/yellow-throated-warbler Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:10:00 GMT
Purple https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/purple I was pleasantly surprised to see two female Purple Finches at my backyard feeder today. 

Female Purple FinchFemale Purple Finch

Female Purple FinchFemale Purple Finch

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/purple Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:09:02 GMT
Ruby https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/ruby It was a beautiful day to be outside. This Ruby-crowned Kinglet was all excited about the nice weather also.
Photos taken at Bengal Wildlife Center.

Ruby-crowned KingletRuby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned KingletRuby-crowned Kinglet

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/ruby Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:06:34 GMT
Hide-N-Seek https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/flicker-condo Today I decided to kayak on the Grand River in one of my favorite locations. I had been on the river for a very short time when I heard a flicker calling. I looked and looked but I couldn't locate it. I was about to give up when I finally found where he was hiding. I think he was busy doing her spring cleaning. What a perfect day to be on the river in my kayak!

Yellow-shafted FlickerYellow-shafted Flicker

I see you.

Yellow-shafted FlickerYellow-shafted Flicker

Nobody Home.

Yellow-shafted FlickerYellow-shafted Flicker

Hear I am.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/flicker-condo Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:51:11 GMT
Western Meadowlark https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/western-meadow-lark I decided to drive to Northern Midland County and find the Western Meadowlark that others had reported. I found it right where it was supposed to be, just East of S Coleman Rd on the South side of Burns Rd. Thanks to Ryan Dziedzic for finding and reporting the location. More pics and a sound track.

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Western Meadow Lark

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/western-meadow-lark Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:49:26 GMT
Maple River Grebe https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/maple-river-grebe The Maple River has been good to me this spring. Sunday I spent the day walking around the flooded areas and kayaking on the river. It was one of those days when you could work hard and see 25 species of waterfowl. Here is a pic of a Horned Grebe that was showing off for everyone. And of course what would a day around  wetlands be without a photo of a Song Sparrow.
More Horned Grebe photos.

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Horned Grebe

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Horned Grebe

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Song Sparrow

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/maple-river-grebe Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:35:17 GMT
End of March https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/end-of-march It was a beautiful end to a great month of birding. Hello April!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/4/end-of-march Fri, 04 Apr 2014 01:57:43 GMT
Sycamore Creek Rarities https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/sycamore-creek-rarities Finally things are starting to pick up again. I had a good day at the Sycamore Creek Driving Range just off of Mount Hope Road.

Cackling GeeseCackling Geese

Cackling Geese (Rare).

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Ross's Geese (Rare).

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Ring-necked Duck.

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Horned Grebe (Red Cedar River at Potter Park).

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/sycamore-creek-rarities Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:18:29 GMT
More Eagles https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/more-eagles For some reason I have seen more Bald Eagles already this year than I did all of last year. This pair of immatures were playing overhead at Maple River SGA this afternoon. While I was there I found the second Great Horned Owls nest.

Imature EaglesImature Eagles

The leading eagle looks like a 1st year, the other appears to be a 2nd/3rd year immature.

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Great Horned Owl nest number 2.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/more-eagles Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:19:03 GMT
Spring Has Sprung https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/spring-has-sprung Corner Post 'Detail".Corner Post 'Detail".

It's spring time in the Mitten
And the gentle breezes blow
Gusting sixty miles an hour
Wind chill seventeen below.

Oh, how I love this great state
When the snow's up to your butt.
When you take a breath of spring time
And your nose gets frozen shut.

Yes, the weather here is perfect
So I guess I'll hang around.
I will never leave Michigan
 'Cause I'm frozen to the ground.
Author: Unknown

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/spring-has-sprung Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:54:55 GMT
Last Snowy of 2014? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/last-snowy-of-2014 I drove to Annis Rd., SW of Mason, for my lunch break today. I was hoping to find a Snowy that someone else had seen last night. Will this be my last Snowy of 2014?  He was far away so the photos are not the best. Three more pics can be seen here.

Snowy OwlSnowy Owl

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/last-snowy-of-2014 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:07:45 GMT
Horned Lark https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/horned-lark It seems that there are Horned Larks everywhere. The birds are starting to move north!

Horned LarkHorned Lark

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/horned-lark Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:06:29 GMT
Waiting in Ambush https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/waiting-in-ambush  

It's one thing to hide in the trees and attack from above, but this Coopers Hawk has learned to hide behind piled up snow and wait for unsuspecting prey. Pretty darn tricky. Unfortunately this is in our backyard and the reason we have so few birds at the feeders this winter.

Coopers HawkCoopers Hawk

Coopers HawkCoopers Hawk

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/waiting-in-ambush Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:05:29 GMT
Looking For a Red-neck https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/looking-for-a-red-neck I went back to Grand Ledge today to try my luck at finding the Red-necked Grebe. I found it and a Lesser Scaup at Island Park and another Bald Eagle at Jones Road bridge. Overall it was a very good day. More pics from the day can be seen here.

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Red-necked Grebe

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Bald Eagle 

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Lesser Scaup

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/looking-for-a-red-neck Sun, 09 Mar 2014 02:20:29 GMT
Looking https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/looking I went to Grand Ledge today looking for the Red-necked Grebe but he had moved on to someplace else. I was lucky enough to see an Immature  Bald Eagle, a Common Goldeneye and a Bufflehead.

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Immature Bald Eagle

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Common Goldeneye

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Bufflehead

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/looking Sat, 08 Mar 2014 02:01:37 GMT
Guard Dog https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/guard-dog Protecting the pillow.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/guard-dog Mon, 03 Mar 2014 01:43:06 GMT
Slow Saturday https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/slow-saturday Things have quieted down. No new ducks are showing up or any other birds. I guess they are waiting for it to warm up a bit. Here are three pics from yesterday.

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Goldeneye takeoff at Grand Ledge Island Park.

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Female Common Merganser at Potter Park.

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And the resident (old) Coot at Potter Park.

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/3/slow-saturday Sun, 02 Mar 2014 15:06:56 GMT
Night Sky https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/night-sky ​Aurora activety was high but there were no visible northern lights (plenty of bone chilling air). These photos were taken on Dennis Rd. just west of Williamston Rd.

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Looking North (light pollution is terrible)

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Looking South over the top of my car.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/night-sky Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:54:26 GMT
Coot https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/coot Here is a pic of the Coot that has been hanging out on the Red Cedar River at Potter Park.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/coot Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:55:24 GMT
Bald Eagle https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/bald-eagle As I was driving to a lunch time appointment I saw this guy soaring overhead. Then I noticed there were two of them circling  and "dancing" with each other. It is the first time I have seen a Bald Eagle so close to home.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/bald-eagle Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:23:28 GMT
Infrared Winter https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/infrared-winter Trying to get in some winter IR before the snow is all gone. Winter Farm IRWinter Farm IR

This is the IR image straight from the camera.

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This is what you end up with after adjusting the grey point and swapping the red and blue channels.

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And finally converted to B & W.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/infrared-winter Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:28:57 GMT
Old Barn https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/old-barn Three presentations of an old barn in Gratiot County.

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Original

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Black and White Conversion

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Black and White Grunge 

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/old-barn Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:53:27 GMT
Pintails and More https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/pintails-and-more It was another good weekend. I saw Pintails at Island Park in Grand Ledge and a Red-headed Woodpecker and nesting Great Horned Owl at Maple River SGA. You can see the rest of the weekend pics at Weekend Pintails.

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Male and Female Northern Pintail Ducks.

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Red-headed Woodpecker.

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Nesting Great Horned Owl.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/pintails-and-more Mon, 24 Feb 2014 02:51:53 GMT
Back to Muskegon https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/back-to-muskegon I decided to take my wife, sister and niece to Muskegon and show off all of the ducks that had gathered there. Unfortunately the water has opened up off shore and a lot of the ducks have moved from the channel. We did not see the Barrow's Goldeneye but did see the King Eider. Here are a couple of pics from the day and the rest can be seen at Muskegon Ducks 2.

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Female Goldeneye

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Juvenile King Eider

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/back-to-muskegon Thu, 20 Feb 2014 02:56:54 GMT
Sun Pillar https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/sun-pillar Excellent sun pillar this morning at sunrise. Wish I would have had something other than my iPhone.

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Sunrise at MSUSunrise at MSU

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/sun-pillar Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:53:21 GMT
Long-eared Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/long-eared-owl This is a new one for me. It is well hidden so you have to use your imagination just a bit to make it out. A big thank you to the Klein's for sharing this beauty.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/long-eared-owl Sun, 16 Feb 2014 22:35:57 GMT
American Beauty https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/american-beauty Driving the back roads up to Maple River SGA I found this guy showing off along the side of the road.

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Ring-necked Pheasant.

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Ring-necked Pheasant II.

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/american-beauty Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:35:14 GMT
Another Golden Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/another-golden-day I went to Maple River SGA this afternoon to search for the pot-o-gold and was lucky enough to find it. Here is a far off shot of the Golden Eagle and a few other birds that I saw today.

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Golden Eagle

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Bald Eagle

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Northern Shrike

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/another-golden-day Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:30:47 GMT
Happy Valentines Day! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/happy-valentines-day Here is wishing everyone a happy Valentines Day! Rose with a heart 1Rose with a heart 1

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/happy-valentines-day Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:14:29 GMT
Winter Farm II https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/winter-farm-ii Pictures of ducks and pictures of farms. Maybe I should buy a farm and raise ducks! I could call it Duck Dynasty.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/winter-farm-ii Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:42:03 GMT
Winter Farm https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/winter-farm I found this gem while traveling the backroads last weekend.

Winter FarmWinter Farm  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/winter-farm Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:32:47 GMT
On the Beach https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/on-the-beach Lake Michigan is almost 90% frozen over. So I thought why not spend a sunny day at the beach? These photos were taken at the end of the Muskegon channel.

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Looking out over Lake Michigan. The ice is piled too high to see the horizon.

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I believe this is the light at the end of the north pier. The seagull seems to be enjoying the view.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/on-the-beach Wed, 12 Feb 2014 01:39:03 GMT
More Winter? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/more-winter An old and very wise wildlife photographer told me that "when you see the squirrels starting to turn white it means 20 more weeks of winter".

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/more-winter Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:49:46 GMT
The Last of the Weekend https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/the-last-of-the-weekend Here are three more pics from the weekend. I thought they turned out nice.

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Female Red Breasted Merganser at Muskegon.

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Male Greater Scaup at Potter Park.

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Horned Grebe at Potter Park.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/the-last-of-the-weekend Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:59:08 GMT
Golden Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/golden-day Yesterday I drove to Muskegon to see the Barrow's Goldeneye. Not only did I see the Barrow's but I saw four other birds that I can add to my life list! Go to Muskegon Ducks to see the rest of the birds.
 

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Barrow's Goldeneye and Common Goldeneye.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/golden-day Sun, 09 Feb 2014 13:30:05 GMT
Moores Park Ducks 02 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/moores-park-ducks-02 ​I was happy to see some Redheads and Horned Grebes along with more Common Goldeneye and a female Greater Scaup. Mixed in with the rest of them was a little female Bufflehead. Here is a link to all the pics from Moores Park Ducks Feb 02.

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Horned Grebe

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/moores-park-ducks-02 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 02:23:47 GMT
Peregrine Falcon https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/peregrine-falcon This was the Highlight of my weekend. He was at Moores Park in Lansing.
More pics can be seen here: Peregrine Falcon.

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/peregrine-falcon Mon, 03 Feb 2014 02:49:01 GMT
The Two of Us https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/the-two-of-us  Just you and me and me and you... I just love this shot. It was taken at Moores Park this afternoon.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/2/the-two-of-us Sun, 02 Feb 2014 22:24:50 GMT
Waiting for Spring https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/waiting-for-spring These geese have found some open water on the Red Cedar River. I like to imagine they are dreaming of warmer days ahead.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/waiting-for-spring Sat, 01 Feb 2014 02:35:32 GMT
More Ducks https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/more-ducks I went to the Red Cedar River Potter Park area to see if the swans might have returned. The swans weren't there but I did find some surprises. Go to Sunday Birds to see all the pics from today.

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Black Ducks

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Common Merganser

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American Coot

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/more-ducks Mon, 27 Jan 2014 02:25:06 GMT
Bitter Cold Blast https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/bitter-cold-blast This afternoon the temperature dropped from 20 to 10 degrees in one hour when a cold front moved through. And the wind was gusting to 35 mph. So I decided to go out and try to capture the bitter cold and blowing snow. I am posting a couple of the pics here but you can see more photographs in the Bitter Cold Jan 2014 gallery.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/bitter-cold-blast Sun, 26 Jan 2014 01:01:36 GMT
Keeping Warm https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/keeping-warm It is about 10 degrees with a wind chill of -12. These two Swans are snug as a bug in a rug. This is on The Red Cedar River by Potter Park Zoo.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/keeping-warm Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:45:10 GMT
#4 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/-4 Snowy Owl number four and less than 3 miles from home. This one was on Simmons Road between Holt and Lamb (just to the east of Okemos Road).

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/-4 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 02:11:21 GMT
Abstract Ice https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/abstract-ice Something abstract for a change.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/abstract-ice Sun, 19 Jan 2014 02:29:35 GMT
Boat Landing https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/boat-landing Here is a photograph of an old boat landing along the Red Cedar River.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/boat-landing Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:44:17 GMT
Slow Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/slow-day ​I didn't see many birds today, but I did get a couple of nice pics of a Brown Creeper, a Tree Sparrow and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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Brown Creeper

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American Tree Sparrow

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American Tree Sparrow

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Yellow-rumped Warbler eating Poison Ivy berries

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/slow-day Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:21:20 GMT
Snowy Owl Revisited https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/snowy-owl-revisited I found some time to go back through the Snowy Owl pics from two weeks ago. I picked this one out and converted it to black and white in Topaz Adjust.

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Black and White version.

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Color version, before B & W conversion.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/snowy-owl-revisited Thu, 16 Jan 2014 02:29:19 GMT
Juvenile Coopers Hawk? https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/juvenile-coopers-hawk Yet another raptor from this past weekend. I think this this is a juvenile Coopers Hawk. Others think it looks more like a Sharp Shinned Hawk. I'm going with Coopers. I decided to include a black & white conversion that I liked. This photo was taken in the same area as the Red Tailed Hawk just northeast of Laingsburg.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/juvenile-coopers-hawk Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:12:30 GMT
Flying High https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/flying-high On Sunday I decided to take the back roads to Maple River SGA. Long story short, I got lost on the way. Northeast of Laingsburg I captured this Red Tailed Hawk. Funny story is when I was a kid I thought all big birds that soared were Red Tails. I certainly have seen a lot of Red Tailed Hawks in my lifetime.  :)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/flying-high Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:00:15 GMT
We Have Lift Off https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/we-have-lift-off It was muddy and messy and I almost turned around and went home. But I wanted to get at least one good pic for the weekend so I pressed on. This Rough Legged Hawk looks much better than my car does. I'm glad that I didn't turn around and go home.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/we-have-lift-off Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:49:27 GMT
Great Blue Heron Keeping Warm https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/great-blue-heron-keeping-warm Early Sunday morning I found this clever Heron hunkered down inside a culvert, out of the wind and fishing for breakfast. This is one smart bird!

Great Blue HeronGreat Blue HeronTaken early Sunday morning, hiding inside a culvert keeping warm and fishing.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/great-blue-heron-keeping-warm Tue, 07 Jan 2014 02:15:28 GMT
Pileated Woodpecker https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/pileated-woodpecker One more pic from the weekend before I go back to work. The first time I saw this bird I was about 14 years old. I remember thinking it was the most regal thing I had ever seen. When I look at it today I am still awed by it's majestic beauty.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/pileated-woodpecker Tue, 07 Jan 2014 01:01:49 GMT
Mink https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/mink I went for a short walk in the fresh snow and found out that there were others out for a walk also. I think this is my first photo of a mink.

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Is that you Jim?

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/mink Mon, 06 Jan 2014 02:14:14 GMT
Snowy Day https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/snowy-day It has been 30 years since I saw my last Snowy Owl. I worked very hard for this one. It was a very good excellent all around day! More weekend pics can be seen here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/snowy-day Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:16:47 GMT
Female Cardinal https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/female-cardinal Bringing in the new year with a good meal at the backyard feeder.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/female-cardinal Fri, 03 Jan 2014 02:33:15 GMT
Out of My Way Opossum https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/out-of-my-way-opossum I saw this little guy lumbering across the field and couldn't resist. I could almost hear him mumbling "wish those damn paparazzi would leave me alone". "Brrrr, cold, cold, cold ......."

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/out-of-my-way-opossum Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:57:34 GMT
Bluebird Watercolor. https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/bluebird-watercolor I saw my first Bluebird of the new year today. It was snowing so hard it looks like a watercolor painting.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2014/1/bluebird-watercolor Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:54:20 GMT
Lapland Longspur https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/lapland-longspur This photo was taken through the car windshield so it isn't very crisp. But it is my first Lapland Longspur! It was in with a flock of Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/lapland-longspur Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:17:55 GMT
2013, The End https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/2013-the-end Yesterday I got up early, threw the kayak on the car and headed south to the Grand River. I wasn't sure if there would be open water or not. I was disappointed to see that the river was frozen solid in Onondaga so I headed further upstream to Tompkins Road bridge. To my great delight the river was pretty free of ice. I had to chop through 2 to 3 inches of ice to open up the put in, but after that it was smooth sailing. I paddled 5 miles upstream to the Rives Eaton Road bridge and turned around. All in all I was on the river for 4 to 5 hours. Oh what a wonderful day. This is the last time I will be on the water in 2013. It was an excellent end to an excellent paddling year. Farewell 2013!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/2013-the-end Mon, 30 Dec 2013 19:36:44 GMT
Concealing Camouflage https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/concealing-camouflage Brown Creeper's can be difficult to find when they are "creeping" around on trees looking for insects. They have no need to shop at Cabela's for camouflage gear.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/concealing-camouflage Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:12:21 GMT
Blue Ice https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/blue-ice ​I have been trying to capture the beauty of the ice covered trees. On Tuesday there was a short period of time when the dreary clouds parted to reveal a beautiful blue sky. That is when I took this photo of a sunlit treetop encased in ice.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/blue-ice Fri, 27 Dec 2013 01:56:38 GMT
Ice Art https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/ice-art There was a big ice storm last night. I decided to get out early and get some macro shots. Here are a couple that remind me of Christmas ornaments. More "Ice Art" photographs can be seen here.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/ice-art Sun, 22 Dec 2013 17:16:59 GMT
Hanging In There https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/hanging-in-there This Carolina Wren has been visiting us off and on this week. We generally have one or two that come to the feeder all winter.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/hanging-in-there Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:25:49 GMT
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/yummy-gummy Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:05:13 GMT
Night Surprise! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/night-surprise I thought I would try my luck with some night photography. I was very lucky to find a Barred Owl that was willing to pose for me. I learned one thing, it is very hard to focus in the dark! I wonder if this good friend is going to head south or stick around all winter? I hope he stays.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) Barred Owl Owl https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/night-surprise Wed, 11 Dec 2013 02:38:23 GMT
A "Spin" on the ISS https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/a-spin-on-the-iss Absolutely amazing, this may be the best time lapse I have ever seen.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/12/a-spin-on-the-iss Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:43:04 GMT
A Best Friend https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/mans-best-friend This friend never complains about anything, except maybe posing for a photo, and is up for any activity any time of the day. _MG_4229_MG_4229

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/mans-best-friend Fri, 29 Nov 2013 12:57:35 GMT
7:38 AM https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/7-38-am It was chilly, 12 degrees with a wind chill of 5, but it was beautiful. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/7-38-am Sun, 24 Nov 2013 23:40:28 GMT
Monet Bridge https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/monet-bridge Back to the MSU 4H Children's Garden and one of my favorites, the Monet Bridge.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/monet-bridge Sun, 24 Nov 2013 02:17:17 GMT
Go Green! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/go-green The Spartans are having a good year.
A storm is brewing!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/go-green Sat, 23 Nov 2013 22:27:33 GMT
Another World https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/another-world Last week I posted a photo of the Silver Dollar Plant. I decided to tweak it a bit and turn it into something abstract.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/another-world Tue, 12 Nov 2013 02:38:19 GMT
River Otter https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/river-otter I was very happy to be back in the kayak both days this weekend. Saturday the wind blew me all over the place, but the weather was better on Sunday. I saw two of the biggest bucks I have ever seen, but they saw me before I could even think about taking a pic. This is the first time I have been close enough to get a good photograph of a River Otter. This fellow put on quite a show for about 15 minutes and then disappeared.

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Very graceful in the water.

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I'm in no hurry.

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Peek-a-boo.

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Bye bye Jim.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/river-otter Mon, 11 Nov 2013 03:06:20 GMT
Maple River IR https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/maple-river-ir Today I decided to battle the wind and kayak on the Maple River. It was a very dark and dreary day.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/maple-river-ir Sun, 10 Nov 2013 03:37:01 GMT
Center of MSU Campus https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/center-of-msu-campus This is a 360 degree panorama that has been "flattened". Chittenden Hall is just left of the big tree. Beaumont Tower is barely visible left of center, and to it's right, behind the light post, is the Library. The Union would be on the far right edge.  

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/center-of-msu-campus Fri, 08 Nov 2013 02:45:04 GMT
Overhead 3 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/overhead-3 ​One last fall overhead pic. This is looking up at Maple leaves.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/overhead-3 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 13:39:55 GMT
Dead End https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/dead-end No Place to go!

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This is a reflection from a puddle. It is flipped and turned upside down.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/dead-end Sun, 03 Nov 2013 22:40:21 GMT
More Campus Color https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/more-campus-color Some more shots of the fall color around the MSU campus. These photos were taken with an iPhone 5.

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The Judith A. DeLapa Perennial Garden.

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The south side of Berkey Hall.

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In front of Berkey Hall looking east toward the Broad Art Museum.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/11/more-campus-color Sat, 02 Nov 2013 13:11:57 GMT
Bittersweet https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/bittersweet Life is bittersweet. It's up to you to make it bitter or sweet.

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Silver Dollars https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/silver-dollars So it is true, money does grow on trees!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/silver-dollars Wed, 30 Oct 2013 01:16:12 GMT
Overhead 2 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/overhead-2 Looking up (overhead) at Beech Tree leaves.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/overhead-2 Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:13:23 GMT
The Mitten https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/the-mitten Sassafras leaves have very interesting shapes and colors.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/the-mitten Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:23:22 GMT
October Faces https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/october-faces Hiding in the bushes outside your window? 

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/october-faces Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:04:21 GMT
Northern Lights https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/northern-lights Just a tad bit of color around 9 pm.

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Canon 10-22mm @ 10mm, Canon 7D

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) aurora borealis https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/northern-lights Wed, 09 Oct 2013 02:58:44 GMT
Overhead https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/overhead This is what it looks like if you lay down under a Shagbark Hickory Tree and look up at the sky. _MG_3839_MG_3839

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/overhead Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:20:05 GMT
Staghorn Sumac https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/staghorn-sumac One of my favorites for supreme fall color.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/staghorn-sumac Sat, 05 Oct 2013 20:33:02 GMT
Mud Lake & Black River Colors https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/mud-lake  

Last weekend the fall colors were just starting to saturate the landscape.

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The Black River.

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And in IR

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) fall color Michigan https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/mud-lake Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:41:28 GMT
City Night https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/city-night I'm back home and decided to try a night sky shot from the city. I was hoping for some color from northern lights, but no luck. The thin cloud cover adds some interest and reflects the city light. How many constellations can you see?

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/city-night Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:41:10 GMT
Native American Love Flute https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/love-flute As the story was told to me (condensed version), there lived a young man who was very shy. He was brave in battle but too shy to speak to the one he loved. One day in despair he left camp and wandered alone. Not knowing why, he shot an arrow into the sky and to his amazement it stayed aloft and led him to a stream where he slept that night. On the fourth day he slept at the edge of a forest. In a half-dream state two Elk men came to him "We have come to give you this flute. It is made from the wood of the cedar and Woodpecker made the finger holes. All the birds and animals helped to make this flute, and their voices sing within it. When you play this flute for the girl you love, all out voices sing with you." When he awoke the Elk men were gone but the flute remained.

The young man set off towards home. For four days he walked, playing his flute along the way, imitating the sounds of the animals and birds with his music. On the forth day he reached the hill above his camp and paused there to play his flute. The beautiful music he made carried into the camp. The girl that he loved knew that the music spoke straight to her heart. She left her tipi and joined the young man on the hill. She listened to the words of love that his music spoke more eloquently than his voice could express. "I love you. I love you."

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/10/love-flute Wed, 02 Oct 2013 01:35:38 GMT
Vincent https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/vincent Starry
Starry Night
Paint your palette blue and grey...

Don McClean

Lake houses on the shore of Lake Huron.

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And a portrait view.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/vincent Tue, 01 Oct 2013 02:01:10 GMT
It's a Good Day! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/its-a-good-day I never get tired of these sunrises over Lake Huron. Chilly start, but It looks like another beautiful day!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/its-a-good-day Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:12:08 GMT
Worn and Tatered https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/worn-and-tatered It is sad to see the flowers looking so "tired".

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/worn-and-tatered Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:17:25 GMT
Weekend Four https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/weekend-four It was a good weekend. I saw four new birds.

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Snow Goose and Ross's Goose.

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Ross's Goose.

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Golden Plover.

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Northern Harrier.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/weekend-four Tue, 24 Sep 2013 01:47:37 GMT
Simple Wish https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/simple-wish ... loves me!

It's the first day of fall. The flowers won't be around much longer, so I was out and about capturing a few late season bloomers. When I saw this sunflower I immediately thought of the "loves me, loves me not" saying.

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/simple-wish Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:01:05 GMT
Focus Stacking https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/focus-stacking I have been wanting to try focus stacking for some time now. Focus stacking is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source image. In this photo I have stacked 8 images.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/focus-stacking Fri, 20 Sep 2013 01:32:59 GMT
Too Cold to Move https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/too-cold-to-move  Today I found this Dragonfly hanging out on a Sunflower trying to warm up. It was a very dreary "Fallish" day.

 

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Here is a close up of the eyes. It is interesting how each compound eye is bi-lobed.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/too-cold-to-move Mon, 16 Sep 2013 02:16:04 GMT
Caspian Tern https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/caspian-tern Today I went kayaking on the Kalamazoo River just upstream from Saugatuck. I was there with my wife, sister and niece. We put in at New Richmond Bridge Park and took out at Wades Bayou. This is a lovely stretch of river. It is mostly wetland/marsh with a lot of waterfowl and shore birds. This Caspian Tern caught my eye. It is a very beautiful bird.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/caspian-tern Mon, 09 Sep 2013 01:48:44 GMT
Mystery Pic # 5 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/mystery-pic-5  

What is this?

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This is what the flower looks like.

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This is a side on view.

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This is Velvet Leaf.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/9/mystery-pic-5 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 18:40:09 GMT
Motion https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/motion This is a falling Maple seed, sometimes called a whirlybird or helicopter seed. Getting a photograph of one of these seeds falling to the ground has proved to be a daunting task. This is the best I could do today.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/motion Sat, 31 Aug 2013 01:22:09 GMT
Stained Glass Bottles https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/stained-glass-bottles The photo of orchids in bottles (see August 24 entry) prompted me to get out some of my antique bottles and see if I could come up with something creative. I found a nice spot where there were some Black-eyed Susans behind a split rail fence. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/stained-glass-bottles Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:08:17 GMT
A Real Jewel https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/a-real-jewel Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, also known as Spotted Touch-me-not is a beautiful late summer flower. It is an important nectar plant for hummingbirds. The leaves and the juice from the stems can relieve the sting from Poison Ivy or Stinging Nettle. Poultices and salves made from Jewelweed are a folk remedy for bruises, burns, cuts, eczema, insect bites, sores, sprains and warts. The dry seeds will "pop" when touched giving it the common name of Touch-me-not.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/a-real-jewel Thu, 29 Aug 2013 01:50:38 GMT
Chicory Dickory Dock https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/chicory-dickory-dock This is the Common Chicory, Cichorium intybus. I love the blue of this flower. Did you know that the flowers open and close at the exact same time every day! The leaves can be used in food (endive) and the tap root can be roasted and used as a caffeine free coffee substitute.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) Blue https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/chicory-dickory-dock Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:14:55 GMT
Wild Sunflower https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/wild-sunflower "Keep your face to the sunshine
and you cannot see the shadow.
It's what sunflowers do."

by Helen Keller

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/wild-sunflower Sun, 25 Aug 2013 19:58:26 GMT
Mystery Pic #4 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/mystery-pic-4 What is this?
Answer: Spotted touch-me-not.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/mystery-pic-4 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 18:15:57 GMT
Bottled Orchids https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/bottled-orchids One of my favorite places to eat in the Okemos area is Thai Princess. They have these beautiful bottled orchids decorating the walls. Oh yes, and they have wonderfully delicious meals. My favorite is Peanut Curry with tofu.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/bottled-orchids Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:22:38 GMT
At One With https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/at-one-with I love kayaking. It gets me down to a level where I get an entirely different perspective of the world around me. I like to think that I see the "water world" as the wild things see it. It helps me to become at one with nature which I think improves my photography. This is an IR converted photo of the "boggy" end of a Northern Michigan lake.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/at-one-with Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:56:32 GMT
Ghost Boat https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/ghost-boat The water in in this small Northern Michigan lake is crystal clear. It's fun to photograph stumps and old wooden boats that have been left behind and can be easily seen on the lake bottom.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/ghost-boat Wed, 21 Aug 2013 01:27:56 GMT
Water Lilly https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/water-lilly Tried out the infrared camera on a Water Lilly. This is different.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/water-lilly Wed, 21 Aug 2013 01:21:14 GMT
Troll Hole https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/troll-hole I photographed my first troll today! I found this lovely dwelling while traveling the back roads of Northern Michigan. I feel very lucky.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/troll-hole Tue, 20 Aug 2013 02:33:01 GMT
Blue https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/blue These Clintonia borealis (Blue-bead) were just begging to have their photograph taken.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/blue Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:22:44 GMT
Almost Full https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/almost-full It is hard to resist taking a picture of the moon when you are outside sitting by a campfire and you can see your shadow.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/almost-full Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:21:14 GMT
Wake Up https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/wake-up It's another beautiful day on the sunrise side of the mitten.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/wake-up Sun, 18 Aug 2013 14:01:25 GMT
Each In It's Own Way https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/each-in-its-own-way Youth,

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/each-in-its-own-way Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:39:17 GMT
Mystery Pic #3 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/mystery-pic-3 I know what this is, do you? Be the first to correctly identify it.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/mystery-pic-3 Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:04:42 GMT
Pesky Deer Fly https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/pesky-deer-fly Thirty seconds earlier this little pest was driving me crazy, flying around my head, biting me on the ear.... looks like it won't be bothering me any more.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/pesky-deer-fly Tue, 13 Aug 2013 02:00:12 GMT
Falling Whirlybirds https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/falling-whirlybirds Here I am on a lovely summer afternoon lying in the shade of a Maple tree watching the seeds spiral down. This is a great way to waste time. ;)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/falling-whirlybirds Sat, 10 Aug 2013 21:25:23 GMT
Fifty https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/fifty-times-per-second That is the average number of times a Ruby Throated Hummingbird beats it's wings per second. It just bogles my mind. Isn't Nature amazing?

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/fifty-times-per-second Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:05:06 GMT
Morning Dew https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/mourning-dew It was foggy last night so there was a heavy dew. I got up early to catch a picture of the sun rising in the early morning dew.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/8/mourning-dew Sat, 03 Aug 2013 13:32:57 GMT
Caution! https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/caution Water Over Highway.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/caution Wed, 31 Jul 2013 02:56:35 GMT
To Bee or Not Two Bee. https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/to-bee-or-not-two-bee Here are two more macros from last weekend. I look at these and think Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, these two bees have lots of hair.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/to-bee-or-not-two-bee Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:52:37 GMT
Mystery Pic 2 https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/mystery-pic-2 I know it's a flower, but what flower is it? ;)

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/mystery-pic-2 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:37:20 GMT
Diamond in the Rough https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/diamond-in-the-rough Some things that we consider ordinary and drab are really quite beautiful if we just stop and take the time to look closely.

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 Take some time to smell the flowers. As you walk the paths of life.

Take some time to ease the tensions. From the challenges and the strife.

Take some time to hear the birds sing. As they usher in the dawn.

Though the day be just emerging. Too soon it will be gone.

Take some time to watch a sunrise. Now and then a sunset too.

Just be sure that seeking pleasure. Isn’t all you ever do.

Take some time to count your blessings. Though you feel they’re not that great.

You will find they’re more abundant. Than you thought, at any rate.

- written by Leon Hansen

 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/diamond-in-the-rough Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:03:09 GMT
Inferno https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/inferno This is a macro of a sunflower. I was trying for torches on fire and I think it turned out pretty good.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/inferno Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:32:23 GMT
Hovering Over the Sun. https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/hovering-over-the-sun I caught this Hover Fly over a sunflower. Lucky shot! Actually it is just about to land.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/hovering-over-the-sun Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:27:28 GMT
Unusual Sculpture https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/unusual-sculpture On the 4th of July we visited Mackinaw City and I was amazed at how realistic this sculpture looked. It was so lifelike that I actually walked into a light post while staring at it.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/unusual-sculpture Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:22:19 GMT
Mackinaw City SweetSpot https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/mackinaw-city-sweetspot I really like how colorful the signage is for this Sweets Shop in downtown Mackinaw CIty. They have something to satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/mackinaw-city-sweetspot Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:15:08 GMT
Mystery Pic https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/mystery-pic More macro, do you know what it is?

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/mystery-pic Wed, 17 Jul 2013 02:20:31 GMT
Firefly Fireworks https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/firefly-fireworks There is something magical about fireflies. I'm sure most of us can remember catching fireflies on a warm summer eve and putting them in a glass jar beside the bed. I can remember falling to sleep mesmerized by those tiny flashing beacons. It was magic!
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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/firefly-fireworks Mon, 08 Jul 2013 02:11:42 GMT
Fireworks On the Beach https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/fireworks-on-the-beach Fireworks on the beach may not be as impressive as those in the city, but they have a lot of character. Sitting by the camp fire with family and friends, small talk mixed with the soft sound of swishing waves, children running around with sparklers, roasting marshmallows for smores, eating popcorn and looking up at the milky way in a pitch black sky. You just can't find this special character at the big time shows.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/fireworks-on-the-beach Mon, 08 Jul 2013 01:52:26 GMT
One, Two, Three, Four.... https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/one-two-three-four There is nothing quite like a clear summer night in northern Michigan. Can you count the stars in the Milky Way? These photos are looking southeast over Hammond Bay in Presque Isle county. The bright glow in the center of the first image is light pollution from Rogers City. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/one-two-three-four Sat, 06 Jul 2013 12:53:55 GMT
Unexpected Treat https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/unexpected-treat This was the first cloud free night of the week so my wife and I were up late taking photos of the night sky. After taking several shots of the Milky Way I was getting ready to call it quits when my wife asked me to take a photograph of the Big Dipper. Surprise, there is a touch of northern lights on the horizon!

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/unexpected-treat Sat, 06 Jul 2013 04:24:56 GMT
The Mighty Mac https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/the-mighty-mac I really love this bridge. I can still remember the first time I saw it, WOW! And today when I saw it for the upteenth time, WOW. _MG_2082

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/the-mighty-mac Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:16:15 GMT
Twin Lakes IR https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/twin-lakes-ir It's always fun to get back on Twin Lakes and paddle around. I decided to shoot a few IR pics while I was there. I wish the wind would have been a little more calm. 

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/twin-lakes-ir Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:24:16 GMT
Happy 4th https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/happy-4th Wishing everyone a great 4th of July! Here are a couple of pics from yesterday.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/happy-4th Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:58:24 GMT
Oriole https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/oriole I almost missed this one. I paddled right by her but a slight movement caught my eye so I quickly turned around and waited for her to come out of hiding. It appeared that she was feeding on this Bittersweet Nightshade? 

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Choose Me Mom https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/choose-me-mom I'm back in the kayak with the long lens. I waited a long time for this one.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/choose-me-mom Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:01:54 GMT
Looking West https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/looking-west This was the sunset tonight looking west from the beach.

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kellerj@ceruleanskyphotos.com (Cerulean Sky Photography) https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/looking-west Wed, 03 Jul 2013 03:16:26 GMT
Looking North https://www.ceruleanskyphotos.com/blog/2013/7/looking-north Sometimes the sunset colors over Hammond Bay (looking east and north) are just as vivid as they are in the west. Last night was one of those times.

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