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04.27.15  The house during the snow two weeks ago.
This sandhill crane had just taken over duties on the nest from its partner.  It inspected the eggs, but didn't seem to turn them completely.  It then turned, fluffed, settled, rose up, and repeated the process several times before finding a position over the eggs it felt comfortable with.  Not more than fifty feet away, a mute swan sat on its own nest in this same small side arm of Wildwing Lake.  DP116-2015  Posted Sunday, April 26. Seeing this was a special thrill for me, since I had never seen a sandhill crane nest, much less observed the nesting pair switch duties, thus exposing the eggs to full view.  Taken April 24, 2015 at Wildwing Lake, Kensington Metro Park, Michigan  Title:  Precious Charge.  Heavy Responsibility.  Sandhill Crane on Its Nest.
April, 27.  Aw Nuts!  Shells that is.  These are all over the yard, but I just love the textures.
The sun is shining, but it is still too cold for it to be pleasant to be outside.  So I decided to fill my computer screen with flowers. You can see the uncropped images, and the full resolution version of the central frame in this gallery:  http://arctangent.smugmug.com/ConservatoryPlants/Spring-Blooms-Conservatory/16166729_R6qjwZ  DP081-2015  Posted late Sunday, March 22; created ditto from photos taken March 16. The pictures that form the border are all crops of photos taken at the same time as the central image.  All were at the spring blooms display at Hidden Lake Gardens.  Title:  Spring is Everywhere - Except Here!  Thanks for your continued support of my DailyPhotos posts, and various other images on my smugmug site.  It brightens my day.
The growth habit of agaves is fascinating.  New leaves uncurl themselves gradually from a central spike.  Each leaf, when mature, is very thick at the base, and thins and flattens out toward the tip.  Each leaf edge is lined with characteristic thorns which generally are a different color from the leaf.  Within that pattern there are many variations in color, size, overall leaf shape, and so on.  This is a collection of shots of the bases of three different large agaves.  One agave is also shown in a more distant view.  That one is the MacDougal's Giant Century Plant (Furcraea macdougalii)  DP082-2015  Posted Monday, March 23; processed ditto from photos taken Mar. 16 Full resolution, uncropped, versions of these shots are here:  http://arctangent.smugmug.com/ConservatoryPlants/Conservatory-Arid/AridHouse-UnsortedUnidentified/37034677_S3bh4D  Title:  Agaves - The same, but different.
Happy Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi All.  It's been a couple of days since I have been able to comment and view your wonderful pictures.  I've really missed it too.  Anyway, here's a quick snap today - I'm not extremely happy with it, but perhaps later this afternoon I'll get an opportunity to take some more pictures.  Sometimes our everyday lives take precedence over fun stuff.    Thanks for everyone for your warm and kind comments on the Punta Cana palm tree and other photos.  You all are wonderful.  I appreciate the comments, compliments and critiques.  Have a great Father's Day evening.  Linda    This photograph is protected by the U.S. Copyright Laws and shall not to be downloaded or reproduced by any means without the formal written permission of L Good - noelxgood@sbcglobal.net
F-86 Sabre  04-21-2015 - The North American F-86 Sabre (sometimes called the Sabrejet) was a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States's first swept wing fighter which could counter the similarly-winged Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights over the skies of the Korean War.       Link to Photo  Without Frame           Thank You for Making this Daily Photo the #1 Pick on 04-21-2015
Dec. 28  North Cape, Norway. On his way back Santa passed here to look for direction
A short train rolls through the fall colors in Honolulu, AK I guess they were dreaming of warmer locates when they named this location.
Day 115: White Yoshino Cherry Blossoms - April 25.   A close up view of the white Yoshino variety of cherry blossoms, just one of the beautiful colors in the cherry blossom display this year at Branch Brook Park in Essex County New Jersey.  If interested, you can view my entire collection of images from this year's display here:http://www.geoghanart.com/New-Jersey-Landscapes-1/Branch-Brook-Cherry-Blossoms/48800682_XwmxTH#!i=4011124151&k=RLNpcmg
Painted Lady Butterfly...  This pretty butterfly was busy flying around our lemon tree and its blossoms a few days ago. As I was trying to get a shot, it landed on the bark near the tree. I was able to get a couple of shots, this is one of them. I particularly liked the shadow...  Thanks for your views and comments! Critiques always welcome...  April 18, 2015
Update: Since I will be working on some other projects I expect to be away until next weekend.   Sunset - long exposure with 10 stop ND filter. In some cases I like the normal exposure shot as well so I may post that version later. Taken near Olympia, Wa.  I really appreciate the comments.
Shaving Brush Tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum)...  Pseudobombax ellipticum  commonly known as Shaving Brush Tree one of the beautiful trees from tropical area of southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Generally it grows 20-40 ft (6 – 12 m). Sometimes it can grow up to 60 ft (18m). Leaves are first bright red turning a fine green as they mature. It blooms flowers in Spring. The Flowers are silky and two types colors. Some trees bloom red flowers and some white flowers. http://treesplanet.blogspot.com/2013/05/pseudobombax-ellipticum-shaving-brush.html#.VTwUryFViko  Fullerton Arboretum Fullerton, CA  Thank you for your views and comments! Critiques always welcome...  Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. Psalm 90:12 NLT  www.biblegateway.com  April 26, 2015
This mute swan spent time on home improvement while I watched it.  This consisted of reaching out with its elongated neck, picking up pieces of reeds and other muck at the base of the nest, and depositing them at the top.  Look closely and you'll see swan's down, which I assume the swans pluck from their own feathers and use to line their nests.  I don't believe the eggs are due to hatch for several weeks yet.  DP115-2015  Posted Saturday, April 25.  Taken April 24 at the Wildwing Lake, Kensington Metro Park, Michigan  Title:  Homemaker - Swan on its Nest
04.27.15

The house during the snow two weeks ago.

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04.27.15  The house during the snow two weeks ago.
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The house during the snow two weeks ago.

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