Under the Shade of the Trees

Favorite type of morning hike – Walking along the trail under the shade of the trees while looking out at the bright morning sun shining over the marsh.

Iin the Shade of the Trees

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Cowles Bog

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Transient Raindrops

Here one minute and gone the next – transient raindrops.

Transient Raindrops

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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Ah-ah-ah-Choo

The common sneezeweed for today’s flower of the day.  Ah-ah-ah-choo!

Common Sneezeweed

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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A Bit of Attitude

A robin with a bit of attitude, as if letting me know not to encroach on his space anymore than I already was.

A Bit of Attitude

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Yes, I listened and walked away.

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Watching Without Imposing

This deer seemed just as  curious of us as we were of her at the Friendship Botanic Gardens.  I sighed in relief and happiness that she stayed long enough for me to get a shot even if it is not super sharp.

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Friendship Botanic Gardens

Watching without imposing.

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Mushroom, Anyone?

Mushroom, anyone?

Mushroom, Anyone?

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Cowles Bog

Focused on the little things along the trail.

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Macro Moments #39

Macro Moments Challenge #39:  Black and White – Leaves Along the Trail

Leaves in B&W

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Shot with a 105mm Nikon macro lens
1/125 at f/4
ISO 500

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Morning Hike

Early morning hike on the trails of the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Trail 9 Shortcut

Indiana Dunes State Park

Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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In and Out

In and out of focus.

Focus

Rogers Lakewood Park

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Heart of a Poppy

The heart of a poppy blossom.

Reaching Out

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Cee’s Flower of the Day

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Hub of Simplicity

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Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Hub of simplicity along the trail.

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Stormy Morning

A stormy morning along the trail at the marsh.

Stormy Morning

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – The Great Marsh

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Reflecting Overhead

Lights reflecting overhead on the marble ceiling of Chicago’s Rookery.

Reflections Overhead

The Rookery – Chicago

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Lights

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One More Second

Often, I come across rabbits while hiking along the trails but they quickly hop away.  Badly wanting this rabbit as a focal point for my shot, I found myself whispering as I approached very slowly,

“Just hold still for one more second. . . . please?”

One More Second

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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Center of Attention

Among the sweeping number of daisies blooming along the trail, one stood out as if demanding to be the center of attention.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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Tight Rope Walker

This moth was so still on a thin blade of grass that it reminded me of a focused tight rope walker.

Virginia Ctenucha

Virgina Ctenucha Moth at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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Peek a Boo

Peek-a-boo!  Look who I spotted poking through an opening in the meadow.

Peek-a-Boo

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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Ready for the Splash?

Are you ready for the splash?

Ready for the Splash

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Kemil Beach

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Sunrise Wanes Darkness

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Indiana Dunes State Park

Sunrise wanes darkness – God’s order of nature.

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Leads to the Meadow

A lovely walk along the creek leads to the meadow at Coffee Creek.

To the Meadow

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

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Double the Buzzing

Double in size
Double in number
Double the buzzing
Double the fun

Double the Bees

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Macro Monday

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Stopped For a Drink

A cowbird stopped for a drink on the edge of the marsh and I got my shot.  Triumph on both counts!

Brown-headed Cowbird

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Great Marsh

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Unveiling of Sunshine

The unveiling of sunshine streaming through the trees along the trail.

Along the Creek

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Chellberg Farm

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Newer, Old, and Older

Some of Chicago’s newer, old, and older architecture along Michigan Ave.

Old and New

Along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:  Buildings

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In the Garden

A pretty yellow iris in the spring garden at Chellberg Farm.

Yellow Iris

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Chellberg Farm

Flower of the Day – June 10, 2017

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Sweet Nectar

A flower’s sweet nectar keeps a bee coming back for more.

Sweet Nectar

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Order in nature.

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Cannot Follow Me In

No!  You cannot follow me in.  It is time for you to go bother the deer for awhile.

Can't Come In

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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Water and Sky

Blue on Blue

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Crisp and clean line between water and sky.

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Quiet Peacefulness

The quiet peacefulness of the trails, with sunshine streaming through the trees brings order to an otherwise chaotic day.

Quiet Peacefulness

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve – Valparaiso, IN

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Shades of Green

Shades of Green on this Wordless Wednesday.

Shades of Green

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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Drops and Lines

The beauty and simplicity of tiny dew drops and lines of tall prairie grass along the trail.

Dew Drops and Lines

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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A Bit Out of Place

A bird’s nest sitting on a bench seems a bit out of place. Perhaps it was tossed to the ground by the wind.  Whoever placed it there, set up a nice photo op that I did not even have to touch.

Out of Place

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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Ready to Impress

A natty blue heron, ready to impress.

Ready to Impress

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

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Missed the Memo

Thinking this flower missed the daily memo that called for uniformity.

Uniformity

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

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A Trail to Remember

After hiking both trails at Pinhook Bog in Michigan City, IN., I left wanting to go back again.  And I have gone back, over and over again.  Neither trail is too difficult and both go through a beautiful forest. Either one is a trail to remember.

Walk to the Light

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore – Pinhook Bog

Cee’s Which Way Challenge

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Macro Moments Challenge #38

The catkin of a willow tree on this macro Monday.

Whispers of Catkin

Indiana Dunes State Park

Macro Moments Challenge #38 – Catkins

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Teasing That Brings Smiles

Friends know the difference between teasing that brings smiles and aggravation (at least, most of the time).

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Indiana Dunes State Park

Smiles were seen all around on this day.

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Time and Time Again

Just as the sun set behind Chicago’s skyline in the not so distant past and every evening since, it will also rise time and time again.

Sunset Behind Chicago

Along Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive

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On the Pier

On the pier of Lake Michigan.

Hoosier

Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk

Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Anything that Flies

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One or Two

Are there one or two squirrels?

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Friends chasing each other so closely that it is difficult to tell whether there is one or two.  Except for the two tails, of course.

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