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Wordless Wednesday – August 13, 2014

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Lots and lots of nature

We spent most of a day on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula exploring Seney Wildlife RefugeĀ  – acres and acres of forests and lakes and trails. There are flowers

and birds

and butterflies

and I took dozens of pictures of all of them. But I have to admit I didn’t photograph the most common wildlife – I was too busy swatting it. Yes, the refuge is full of mosquitoes.

It’s a beautiful place anyway.

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Swans a-swimming

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Wordless Watery Wednesday – July 30, 2014

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Family troubles

Kids. They can really be a challenge, especially when you have a lot of them to keep your eye on. The mother grouse we saw in a wildlife preserve on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was certainly having trouble with her brood.

She and her five chicks were wandering along a little dirt road when she spotted us. She ran for the tall weeds, herding the babies ahead of her. So far so good, except that one straggler got confused and ran the wrong way, into the grass on the opposite side.

20140707AnxiousMotherGrouseMama was worried.

20140707MotherGrouseCallingConfusedBabyShe called and called,

20140707MotherGrouseStartsBackand considered running back to get the lost chick.

20140707MotherGrouseAndSecondStrayUnfortunately, that made a second baby think it was supposed to follow her, and she had to turn around and herd it into the weeds where its brothers and/or sisters were hiding.

20140707UPBabyGrouseFinally the first chick bolted out of its hiding place and joined the others (too fast for me to get a picture), and mama led them all someplace safely out of sight.

Moose and Others

20140708NewberryMooseCapitolWe just got back from a nice long seventeen-day vacation that started in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, based in Newberry – “Moose Capitol of Michigan”. Our most unexpected animal encounter was a little different, though.

There we were, driving through the woods, when a large glossy black critter wandered out of the trees. My first thought was “It’s sort of shaped like a cat, but it’s awful big. NOT a housecat…” Then, “Wait, a cat should have a long thin tail. No tail here. At least not one long enough to notice.” And, “Cats aren’t that big-boned, either.”

And finally, “BEAR!!”

Fortunately, the bear was a lot more blase about the encounter than I was. It just ambled across the highway in front of us without even swinging its head in our direction. Unfortunately, I was so amazed that I couldn’t get my camera up to try for a photo before the bear was back in the trees.

I did get a picture of a moose, though. As you can see, it seems to be a bit shy, but even so it spent a lot of time hanging out in front of our hotel.

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Wordless Wednesday – July 23, 2014

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