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We were out for a walk on this beautiful spring day and noticed a large number of flowers on the Red Cedar Trail.

Marsh Marigolds

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Common Blue Violet

Spring Beauty

My wife and I took a walk along the Red Cedar Trail. There were a variety of flowers out. Spring Beauty seemed to be the most prominent. There were still a few Marsh Marigolds around. I managed a few shots of backlit leaves. It seems the wind has been blowing all spring and this day was no exception so all of the shots were hand held.

Spring Beauty

Spring Beauty

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Backlit Leaves

Backlit Leaves

One of the subjects I like to photograph in the spring are the buds and leaves as the emerge in the spring. Some of the colors of spring are just as good as those of fall.

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Several weeks ago I had an opportunity to walk around Canal Park just as the ice was clearing out of the harbor. There were large numbers of Common Goldeneyes diving in the harbor. They were really fun to watch as they, all of a sudden would dive into the water and then pop to the surface. As we watched a bunch of them were under the water and all of a sudden seem to fly out of the water and into the air.

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As I was watching the goldeneyes I noticed a pair of Mallards acting a little strangely in the foreground of the photo I was composing. As a watched they started to mate in the water. When they were done they took off at high speed.  

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Wow! it has really been a strange spring. Almost overnight the temperatures jumped into the mid 70’s and it even hit 80 degrees. As I mentioned in an earlier blog  I’ve been out at Hoffman Hills checking to see if the geese returned to their nesting grounds. The transformation of the area if a few days was remarkable. The Willow Trees were yellow one day and a couple of days later they were green with leaves. The trees were without buds and a couple of days later they had buds and beautiful spring colors.

I couldn’t believe the changes in the Pussy Willows. They were at peak bloom early and in a few days were past peak.

The photo on the left shows a Pussy Willow at peak bloom. Three days later I was in the same area and took a photo of the same branch. The photo on the right shows the changes in just a few days.