Friday, December 30, 2011

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They can fly but they can't hide from my camera. This is my last picture for 2011. See you next year. May New Year's Eve find you seated around the table, together with family and friends. May you find the food better, the environment quieter and the pleasure more fulfilling than anything else you might ordinarily do that night!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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This was the cutest bird that I saw during this trip.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

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The butterflies go south for the winter but the squirrels hide out underground. I watched this American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) get ready for winter by burying lots of food for later. Here he is taking a break from his labors.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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I was able to get a closeup of this Monarch as he was gorging himself on the nectar.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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I was able to get some good shots of Monarch Butterflies as they were getting ready for their annual migration to Mexico for the winter.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

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This Triple Trunk Large-tooth Aspen began life at least seventy years ago when the land looked different. Settlers cut down the original forest for farmland and lumber. This aspen grew in the open, sunny area. Its early years were tough. A storm or perhaps a hungry deer broke off the aspen. Three stems re-sprouted from the trunk, creating today's triple trunk tree. At Christmas time they could represent the Three Wise men.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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From the top of the tower and located two miles offshore is the distinctive shaped Horseshoe Island.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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A must do is a visit and a climb up the 110 steps to the top of Eagle Tower in Door County. At 75-feet tall it offers extraordinary views of Green Bay islands and even the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Originally built as a forest fire observation platform in 1914 the tower stands 225 above the water.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

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I took this shot along the channel entrance to the Escanaba Marina.

Friday, December 9, 2011

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I will end my trek through the Portage Marsh Wildlife Area with this flower image.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Here is a view of the beach side of the Spit at Portage Marsh Wildlife Area.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Just south of Escanaba along Green Bay, there's excellent, easy birding here. At the mouth of Portage Creek a narrow, two-mile spit creates a protected small bay and coastal wetland complex of sand beach, cattail marsh, wet meadows, shrubby thickets, and inter-dunal ponds. A simple foot trail goes out .6 mile on a dike toward Portage Point along the marsh-facing side. This is a haven for all kinds of shore and wading birds, frogs, muskrat, and more. Bald eagles and Caspian and common terns are often seen. The sand beach on the spit's other side can be a good place to see shore birds, and to swim, too. This next series will be of images that I took here. Since it is now Christmas Season I will start with these colorful red berries.