Fall leaves

Fall leaves

Taking a walk in Sterling State Park looking for birds and other interesting things I came across these leaves that had fallen on the walkway in their fall colors.  They became a graphic pattern as well as a golden ruddy set of evenly spaced leaves on the asphalt surface.  The give and take of the leaf faces and backings make a nice color dull color dull… pattern.

October 16, 2016          Sterling State Park, MI          Nikon D90

Sandhill cranes sunrise flight (5)

Sandhill cranes sunrise flight (5)

Sandhill cranes migrate south every fall, making the Michigan Audobon Haehnle Bird Sanctuary one of their stopping points.  Thousands of sandhills begin to chatter, a few in the distance to the left, some more to the right, even before the sun rises on this cold morning.  In small groups, they begin their day’s journey, many of them heading for a breakfast stop in nearby fields before continuing.  These three cranes were at the front of their small pack.  I followed them with my camera from when I first saw them far across the marsh in front of me and as they crossed the sky to my left, catching them just as they flew behind some trees.

November 14, 2015           Michigan Audobon Haehnle Bird Sanctuary, northeast of Jackson, MI          Nikon D90

In the glow of a yellow bulb

In the glow of a yellow bulb

The porch light at the Hessel house has been burning gold for as long as I can remember.  It’s warm, homey; like Mom and Dad had it for years.  The house is basically empty now, even when I’m there.  Quiet, solitude, friendly, neighborly.  Lots of nice memories.

October 9, 2015          Hessel, MI          Nikon D90