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AUTUMNAL EQUINOX - SEPT. 22, 2021 - 3:21 P.M. EDT

       FIRST FULL DAY OF AUTUMN - SEPT. 23, 2021
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2021
ROADSIDE RACCOON
I stopped and photographed this young raccoon from a distance.  Then I pulled up closer.  To my surprise, it crossed the road and walked right up to the car!  Tame?  Hungry?  Sick?  Not something you see everyday....
or get a chance to photograph!

(Featured in The Minden City Herald, August 12, 2021)
MCCOY'S SWEETY BEE HONEY POLLINATING A FIELD OF BUCKWHEAT IN TUSCOLA COUNTY
MICHIGAN'S FINEST HONEY IS BOTTLED DAILY AT MCCOY'S SWEETY BEE HONEY 2275 CROCKARD RD, BAD AXE, MICHIGAN - EXTRACTING PLANT IN FILION
VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT: www.mccoysweetybeehoney.com
LOOK FOR DARK BUCKWHEAT HONEY IN THE FALL!
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** WHAT IS AN EQUINOX?
The word “equinox” comes from Latin aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, “night.” On the equinox, day and night are roughly equal in length. 

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator”—an imaginary extension of Earth’s equator line into space. The equinox occurs precisely when the Sun’s center passes through this line. When the Sun crosses the equator from north to south, this marks the autumnal equinox; when it crosses from south to north, this marks the vernal equinox."   from THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC
VULTURES AT HOME IN HARBOR BEACH
LEARNING TO BE A CROW IN THE PARK
RING-BILLED GULL
SUMMER FLOWERS - ADAMS SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM
SUMMERTIME AT THE GRICE HOUSE
                                KUDOS TO HB!  
NORTH PARK PAVILION  -  SAVED FOR POSTERITY
A GOOD OMEN ON THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
                   SUMMER SUNRISE AT HARBOR BEACH                   
COMPARE WITH THE SUN'S POSITION AT VERNAL EQUINOX 
JUNE 22, 2021 - SECOND FULL DAY OF SUMMER 
MARCH 20, 2021 - VERNAL EQUINOX
EARLY MORNING PARK VISITORS
MISCELLANEOUS BIRDS
CLIFF SWALLOW
KINGFISHER
SPOTTED SANDPIPER
BLUE HERON
CANADA GEESE
NEWLY HATCHED WOOD DUCKS  
  JOSEPH H. THOMPSON / LAURA L. VANENKEVORT    (ARTICULATED TUG-BARGE - ATB) & HB LIGHTHOUSE
JUNE 27, 2021 - 9:44 AM
ROADSIDE FLOWERS 
"CONSIDER THE LILLIES OF  THE FIELD...."
NONDESCRIPT BIRD WITH A BIG VOICE
HOUSE WREN

JUNE 27, 2021 

BUILDING A SECOND NEST?
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BUTTERFLY OR MOTH?
CHECK THE ANTENNAE!
               VIRGINIA CTENUCHA  /  DAY-FLYING MOTH
"It is medium-sized...with a striking orange head, black and metallic blue thorax, and metallic blue abdomen. The forewings are dark brownish gray with a slight sheen and white fringe. The hindwing is dull jet black with a mostly white fringe. The... antennae are black."
(BUTTERFLY: club-shaped with long shaft and bulb at the end / MOTH: feathery or saw-edged)
WHEAT HARVEST - ATWATER RD. - JULY 6, 2021
MAKING SHORT WORK OF THE FIELD
OLD-FASHIONED HOLLIHOCKS - DESCENDANTS 
OF THOSE THAT GREW NEXT TO COOK'S 5 &10, 
MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER'S DIME STORE ON MAIN STREET IN MINDEN CITY.  WE CALLED HER, "BAMMY."
MEMORIES OF MINDEN CITY IN SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP
+ "AT PEACE" - ST. MARY'S CEMETERY - PARISVILLE + 
             THERESA "BAMMY" COOK (1883 - 1972) 
         THEODORE "GRANDPA" COOK (1881 - 1956)
"SMART" MOURNING DOVE 

REPURPOSING AN OLD ROBIN'S NEST ON A SHELTERED PORCH - BABY DOVE'S HEAD VISIBLE IN NEST. 
MY BACKYARD: WILD FLOWERS INSTEAD OF MOWED GRASS 
                   A BLESSING ON THE GRAVES
(FIRST BLUEBIRD I EVER SAW IN THE RUTH CEMETERY)
     MALE BLUEBIRD, FLYING AROUND THE CEMETERY AND PERCHING ON THE WIRE OVER THE MCCOY/SCHOCK SECTION
REQUIESCANT IN PACE
LAKE HURON IN THE MORNING
"A LAKE IS THE LANDSCAPE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND EXPRESSIVE FEATURE.  IT IS EARTH'S EYE; LOOKING INTO WHICH THE OBSERVER MEASURES 
THE DEPTH OF HIS OWN NATURE."      HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817 - 1862)
"A LAKE CARRIES YOU INTO RECESSES OF FEELING OTHERWISE IMPENETRABLE."
                                               WILLIAM WORDSWORTH (1770 - 1850)  
"MEMORIES MADE AT THE LAKE LAST A LIFETIME"  -  UNKNOWN
"LIFE IS BETTER 
 AT THE LAKE"
 UNKNOWN
SUMMER FUN.... BUT AUTUMN'S IN THE WINGS
SAND BEACH TOWNSHIP - AUGUST 14, 2021 (iPhone) & AUGUST 11, 2021 (iPhone)
HONEY BEES AND BUCKWHEAT
        INDIAN PIPE - WEIRD WILDFLOWER
PHOTOGRAPHED ON MY NATURE TRAIL - JULY 28, 2021
AKA GHOST PLANT, GHOST PIPE, CORPSE PLANT
EMILY DICKINSON'S FAVORITE FLOWER

(FEATURED IN AN ARTICLE IN THE MINDEN CITY HERALD - AUGUST 19, 2021)
Check on ships sailing the Great Lakes - BOATNERD.COM
MARKING SUNRISE AT THE EQUINOX:
          HARBOR BEACH, MICHIGAN  
PHOTO: SUNRISE AT THE VERNAL EQUINOX, MARCH 20, 2021 (AS THE SUN "MOVED" NORTH). 

THE SUN "RETURNS" TO THE "EQUINOX POSITION"  AT SUNRISE ON THE FIRST FULL DAY OF AUTUMN, SEPTEMBER 23, 2021 
(AS THE SUN "MOVES" SOUTH). 
"LAST CALL" FOR PICTURES FROM SUMMER 2021

                             **SEE BELOW**

         (AUTUMN 2021 PHOTOS - COMING SOON)