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Winter Scenes part 2

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

I am re-posting some scenes of an ice covered lake in Michigan.

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Winter Scenes

Leaves Frozen in Lake

Leaves Frozen in Lake

New ice forming

New ice forming

 

I am re-posting some photos from the last couple of years. This is lake in northern Michigan. In the first photo, the ice formed early, trapping the fall leaves. In the second photo, the ice is just starting to cover the lake.

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Squirrels and Chipmunks

Red Squirrel on White Pine Tree

Red Squirrel on White Pine Tree

 

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

I am reposting a couple of photos from last year. The first one is a photo of a Red Squirrel, and the second one is an Eastern Chipmunk. We get these animals a lot where I live. The Red Squirrel prefers pinecones while the chipmunk prefers acorns.

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Painted Turtle

painted turtle, michigan's state reptiel

A Painted Turtle, Michigan’s state reptile

I took this photo of a Painted Turtle several years ago in Traverse City. It is the state reptile of Michigan. A lot of people don’t know that in addition to a state bird, there is also a state reptile. This is one of the most common turtles throughout Michigan. This photo was taken near a small pond, as turtles need to spend time around water.

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Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog by Big Bear Lake

Leopard Frog by Big Bear Lake

This is a picture I took a few years ago of a Leopard Frog on Big Bear Lake in Michigan. This is only the second time I have seen this frog. It was just sunning itself by the lake as I was walking by, and I just happened to see it. It is quite a striking frog, but I think the spots  probably work well as camouflage.

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Beautiful Day on Lake

Little Wolf Lake, Michigan

Little Wolf Lake, Michigan

This is a photo I took some years ago of a lake in Michigan.  It was a beautiful sunny day, with just a few clouds in the sky.  There is a small campground by the lake, and there are often ducks and geese as well.

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Red Squirrel on White Pine Tree

Red Squirrel on White Pine Tree

Red Squirrel on White Pine Tree

This is a photo I took a couple of years ago of a Red Squirrel on a white pine tree.  Red Squirrels prefer white pine trees to other trees because they like the pine nuts.  As you can see, they are not really red, but are more of a reddish-brown.  They are also very active and like to chatter a lot.  I have more information on them here: https://studiobluespruce.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/red-squirrels/

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Mallard Duck on Traverse Bay

Mallard Duck on Traverse Bay

Mallard Duck on Traverse Bay

This is a Mallard Duck on Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, MI.  It was a calm and peaceful day in the early evening, and I just saw this duck sitting in the water, and thought it would make a good picture.

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Hairy Woodpecker Pecking on Tree

Hairy Woodpecker pecking on tree

Hairy Woodpecker pecking on tree

This is a picture I took a few years ago of a hairy woodpecker pecking on a tree in Michigan.  They like to get the insects from under the bark.  You can see some of these pieces of bark on the snow.  They are delightful birds that will make a sharp “Peeeek!” sound if they are startled.  They are similar in markings to the Downy Woodpecker, but they are larger.

 

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Autumn Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk

This is a photo I took last year in Michigan of an Eastern Chipmunk in a Rhododendron bush.  They gather many seeds, nuts and fruit in preparation for their winter sleep.  It is not a real hibernation though, because they wake up periodically to eat from their store of food.  They do have a somewhat lower body temperature when they sleep, however.  There are many different regional chipmunks in different areas across the country.  It can be rather hard to tell them apart.  I reviewed a guidebook last year, The Audubon Guide to Mammals, that has a section that covers different kinds of chipmunks.

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Icy Fall Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

Windswept East Twin Lake

Windswept East Twin Lake

 

These pictures were taken in Michigan last fall when we had an early snowfall.  It was very windy, and the snow was blown in rather interesting patterns around the lake.

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