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Spring Lake Thaw

Foggy Spring Lake

Foggy Spring Lake

Windswept East Twin Lake

Windswept East Twin Lake

This is a spring and winter view of the same lake in Michigan. This time of year the lake is starting to thaw, and the different types of birds will soon be back. The little specks in the distance in the top photo are actually ducks.

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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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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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Leaves Frozen in Icy Lake

Leaves Frozen in Lake

Leaves Frozen in Lake

This is a picture of leaves frozen in the ice of an inland lake in Michigan.  It is the same lake in the photo Pine Tree by Frozen Lake .  I think its really interesting the way the leaves got stuck in the ice like this, I’ve never quite seen it this way before, but we had an early freeze last year.

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Book Review: Winter World

Winter world book by Bernd Heinrich

Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

4/8/15

Book Review-Winter World by Bernd Heinrich

Winter World by Bernd (not a misspelling) Heinrich is an interesting book written by a wildlife biologist who also does his own drawings.  It explains how animals use ingenuity and natural traits to survive the winter. It goes into detail about how field mice, flying squirrels, and other small animals survive the winter by foraging, huddling together, and gathering warm material for their homes. There is a funny story he tells about how some mice got into his cabin in Vermont when he was not there, and started chewing up styrofoam insulation in the ceiling to use as bedding material.  He also talks about how animals like turtles hibernate under the mud, and about the complex biological changes that occur during hibernation.  All in all this is a great reference book to have around, or to read straight through.

For more information or to buy at an independent bookseller:
http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780061129070?aff=(your_affiliate_cynthiaac)

For info on the indiebound program:
http://www.studiobluespruce/wordpress.com/reviews/indiebound-program/

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Sunset on a Winter Lake part 2

The sun has almost set over East Twin Lake

The sun is almost done setting over East Twin Lake

This is a continuation of yesterday’s theme, taken from the same spot on the same lake, on a different day.  Here the sky was very overcast and the sun was almost done setting, but some of the sun managed to peek out under the clouds.

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Sunset on a Winter Lake

 

 

Sunset on East Twin Lake

Sunset on East Twin Lake

This is a photo of a winter sunset on a lake in Michigan, taken a few years ago.

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Icy Fall Lake, part 2

East Twin Lake Cloudy Day

East Twin Lake Cloudy Day

Icy East Twin Lake

Icy East Twin Lake

New ice forming

New ice forming

Icy Fall Lake, part2

2/7/14

This is a continuation of Icy Fall Lake from last week.  These are some additonal shots of a different section of the lake.

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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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Snow on Pine Tree, Winter Lake

Snowy East Twin Lake, snow covered pine tree

Snowy East Twin Lake


Snow on Pine Tree, Winter Lake
1/2/15

This is a picture of a lake in Michigan after a snowstorm. There is so much heavy snow on the pine tree, that it has bent the tree over. Click on the image to see full size.

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