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Category Archives: Macro Photography

There are quite a few flowers blooming on the Red Cedar State Trail.

Dame’s Rocket

Blue Flag Iris

Buttercup

Birds-foot Trefoil

Canada Anemone

Common Yarrow

Daisy

Wild Rose

 

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There are a variety of flowers blooming this wee. The most prominent are the Wild Lupine and the Prairie Smoke. Orange Hawkweed, Goat’s Beard and Blue Flag Iris are also blooming. I used to see a lot of Blue Flag Iris around but most of it seems to have dissapeared.

I managed to photograph a few birds. I haven’t seen any Eastern Bluebirds nesting this year. Most of the nests seem to be occupied by Tree Swallows.

There were a pair of Canada Geese nesting this year. We were on a trip when they started sitting on the eggs. They were still on the nest until the end of this week. Most of the Canada Geese hatched their young two or three weeks ago and we were concerned that something was wrong. The first shot of the male was taken a couple of weeks ago. The second shot was taken of him earlier in the week when he was near the nest and looking depressed. When we went out yesterday both adult geese were gone and we couldn’t find any young. We concluded there was a problem and the young did not hatch.

Some additional wildlife around. This White-tailed Deer took of running. There were also a few butterflies around.

The grasses are also blooming in the prairie area.

I’m still photographing a few backlit leaves.

There are still a few Downy Yellow Violets around.

We have a few Persian Onions blooming. I planted them last fall.

One of my favorite times of the year is the spring. I love photographing spring buds. When the trees are budding out the colors in the forest are almost as beautiful as the fall colors.

 

I took my macro lens out for the first time this year and managed to get a few photos as I walked around the farm.

First spring buds

Worm marks

Lichens

Lichens

Walking around the ice on Lake Menomin I found a few items of interest. There were a few leaves on and embedded in the ice.

I found a partially eaten Crappie on the ice. Not sure where it cam from. Once when I was watching ice fishing the fishermen were throwing the fish out on the ice and a dog was picking them up and walking away with them.

This is an old ice hole that was drilled in the ice and has since frozen over.

 

On one of the rare sunny days we have had recently I walked out on frozen Lake Menomin to take some ice photos.

 

The recent cold weather resulted in ice along the Red Cedar State Trail.

The last few weeks I’ve been able to photograph Foxtail in the early morning with the dew on it.

Last week I found a Garden Spider out in the prairie. While I was watching a grasshopper landed in the web. It took the spider a couple of seconds to wrap it up. Over the next few days I photographed it a number of times before it seemed to abandon the web.