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Laurel-Snow Trail To Buzzard Point

Earlier Post: Laurel-Snow Trail To Laurel Falls

This was my second visit to the park, and I’ll definitely be returning – there’s simply so much to see! My intent was to visit Snow Falls, a ten mile hike. However, soon after I began – at the first wooden bridge with a small creek – I opted to ascend the boulder-strewn mountainside, where to my delight I encountered a series of scenic waterfalls, as well as an old mine opening towards the top. This was difficult terrain but well worth the effort, though it added 2 hours to my hike…

Beyond an aluminum bridge at the 1.5 mile split, I headed left in accordance with the Snow Falls marker. Following another turnoff (stay right, as left leads to a campsite), I came upon a second creek crossing – an older metal bridge consisting of 3 fifty-foot connecting sections. Then, further along the trail, there’s an area which was poorly marked: rather than continue on the white blaze, hikers should make a short detour, following instead the orange ribbons posted on trees. This sidestep reconnects with the trail, which is clearly marked thereafter.

Missing this turn may cause hikers to spend the next twenty minutes scrambling up a steep mountain covered with slippery leaves. D’oh!

Thankfully, I found the trail again and continued on towards Buzzard Point

While enjoying a great view to the east from Buzzard Point, I spotted several of these ugly birds effortlessly floating on thermal updrafts – 2 of which dive bombed me. Heads up!

After a brief rest to enjoy a peanut butter sandwich, I backtracked along the ridge on an old logging road which, at its terminus (a cable delineating property lines), has an unmarked trail into the forest at left. Thereafter, coming upon a fork in the path, I stayed left towards Morgan Creek (right leads to another campsite). To get to Snow Falls, one must cross the creek in order to rejoin the trail. However, the water was high, swift and cold…I waded in halfway to my knees, though could see I’d need to commit to crossing a depth over-knee deep (along a slippery, mostly flat rock surface under water), and bailed. Another time!


In summary, this was a very enjoyable hike of approximately 12 miles, though a rather long day. On the trail beginning at 9:45 a.m., I returned to my vehicle at 6:00 p.m., exhausted. Along the way, I shot a few more photographs of Richland Creek

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Nature Photography

Tree of Pigeons

An eclipse, perhaps? No. Just a daytime photograph of pigeons in a tree, processed with a black and white infrared filter effect. See more, and remember the following advice – if at all possible, never park your car under a tree of pigeons.

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Nature Photography

Snow Goose Steps

Close-up black and white photography featuring goose steps imprinted across a snow-covered field. See more in my gallery.

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Nature Photography

Top Spot

For many years, a seagull has called the top perch of this local street light his own. Last winter, however, a marauding crow sought to intervene, and, by virtue of its very annoying screech, drive the seagull from the pole position…

Let the games begin!

Footnote: the seagull persevered.

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Nature Photography

Goslings In River

Camera-shy goslings look away while practicing synchronized swimming maneuvers in shallow water along the Huron River, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visit my gallery at Fine Art America for a variety of available print options.

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Nature Photography

Snow In The Woods

Although falling snow can sometimes serve as an impediment for good photographs – large, blurred streaks – my walk today in the snow covered forest was a pleasant excursion into nature, where I found several nice winter scenes along the way. The trail I followed is located at Island Drive Park in Ann Arbor, Michigan, meandering aside the Huron River near the soccer fields of Fuller Park.

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Tall Birds Pattern iPhone Case

Visit my gallery at Fine Art America to select an iPhone case – both brand new and older models – with this fun graphic design pattern of tall birds.

Pick a case style, and, if you so choose, increase/decrease the image size to suit your liking. Enjoy!

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Nature Photography

Duck And Swan At Sunrise

This morning at sunrise, I photographed a duck and swan bathing in the shallows of the Huron River, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Golden reflections across the rippled water with animal silhouettes made for a picturesque shot. See more in my gallery at Fine Art America.

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Negative Space

Filling the void, this digital sci-fi imagery includes two three dimensional profiles of angry, metallic robots; hence, negative space. I’ve added this picture to my galleries at Pixels and Zazzle. Check it out…

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Nature Photography

Waves Crashing At Sunset

Waves crashing at sunset with two seagulls soaring along the shoreline. This stylized picture is a collage of three photographs and is available on a variety of different items in my galleries at Society 6, Redbubble and Fine Art America. Stop in to discover many great gift giving ideas!

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Nature Photography

Seagulls Along The Shore

This black and white photography features seagulls along the shore of Lake Superior, as seen in Michigan’s upper peninsula at Marquette. A favorite spot as a child, you too can enjoy this rocky, island environment – on a wall in your home, or at the office. Stop by my gallery at Fine Art America to discover a wide array of prints…

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Vintage Summertime Poster

 

Let the good times roll with this vintage summertime sunshine poster, designed to look like a billboard with peeling paint. Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. Custom trimmed with 2″ border for framing. Available in three sizes, with optional framing. Enjoy!

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Nature Photography

Canadian Geese

 

This black and white photograph features four Canadian Geese bathing in the shallows of the Huron River, located at Ann Arbor, Michigan. Guests may visit my gallery at Fine Art America to review a selection of available prints (framed, canvas, metal, acrylic, art), and other items. Note: the format I chose to display this picture is in a style commonly used by Ansel Adams – however, this is not a ‘limited edition’ print. Enjoy!

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Nature Photography

Geese At Rest And Flying

Sometimes it’s nice to have your camera on hand, such as yesterday when I decided to photograph points along my bike route. Familiar with areas along the path to highlight, I wasn’t surprised to see a group of Canadian Honkers Geese bathing in the shallows along the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a sight frequently observed. However, the flock of geese in the background, flapping noisily across the water to achieve flight, was both a surprise and a treat! Available in my gallery at Pixels on a variety of items…

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Nature Photography

Sepia Tone Lagoon

Enjoy this sepia tone photograph of a South Carolina lagoon with resident Pelicans resting on a boat dock. Visit my gallery at Pixels for many available print types (framed, canvas, acrylic, metal, prints and posters) with several customization options, including: size, frame, mat, paper and finish.

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Tall Birds Pattern Throw Pillow

Available in small, medium and large (20″ x 20″) sizes, this decorative beige birds pattern throw pillow makes a nice addition to any sofa or chair. Printed on both sides with a concealed zipper for aesthetic wonderment. Select from cover only, or cover and insert. Enjoy!

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Birds In Flight Laptop Skins

 

This laptop skin features a graphic design of birds in flight with a textural, pastel color palette. Made with a scratch resistant 3M Controltac removable vinyl decal.