Wednesday, 2 May 2012

MICHIGAN: A Sunday at Indian Springs





I've finally got around to taking photographs with my bridge camera again, I'd somewhat abandoned it because it eats up way too many batteries so all my blog photographs lately have been taken on my guys camera. But with new lithium batteries in hand a a trip to a metropark I thought I'd return to my camera for a change. 

If you do go to any park in Michigan you'll see so much wildlife, but I'd never seen to many different species until we visited the Indian Springs Metropark on Sunday to take advantage of the sunshine. Not only were there butterflies but I spied wild turkeys, fishes, chipmunks to crazy looking beetles plus countless signs for rattlesnakes - but I'm glad we never saw them. We took a stroll on one of the nature walks and came across rusting farm machinery randomly placed along the walk, perhaps as art pieces or as a reminder of the former agricultural history of the area. Either way all the old parts were great to photograph. Inside the Nature Center they have an under water tunnel taking you under a lake to see all the fish swimming around - it was pretty cool looking out in the murky depths to try and catch a glimpse of the odd fish floating by. I even overheard one little boy saying how it was "like the zoo" with the girl, possibly his older sister arguing it was "even better". 

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  1. You've got some lovely photos there. I love the dandelion one.

    It looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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    1. Thank you, I love taking photos of dandelions.

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  2. Wow, the water tunnel is really pretty. Apart from that and the um, chipmunk and turkey, it all looks kind of like England on a nice day. I remember being told my an American friend that wild turkeys are pretty big and a bit scary!

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    1. Yeah they are really out there, we saw at one point about nine of them making their turkey noises and rustling through the bushes, they are far far bigger then the English version with what looks really strong legs. Really wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of them!

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  3. seriously beautiful pictures xx

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  4. I looks and sounds like such a nice outing. I would freak if I ever saw a rattlesnake...yikes! I didn't know they lived this far north - ughhh. A reason for me to remain a hermit, haha, jk....kinda. The under water tunnel sounds like so much fun :]

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    1. Its like Michigan's only poisonous snake, but I always imagined them just to be in the desert. It certainly stops you from going off having a wander!

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  5. That chipmunk is such a little cutie! xx

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    1. It was so fun seeing them in the wild - totally use to them being in the zoo!

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  6. Lovely photographs rachel :) I especially love the one of the animal through the branches!

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    1. Yeah the crazy prehistoric looking turkey!

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  7. Wow, these are gorgeous, ethereal colours you've captured.Rx

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  8. Wow that place looks so stunning - its like something out of a fairytale.

    Gems x

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    1. You could certainly spend a lot of hours there on a sunny day.

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  9. What a gorgeous place, you've captured it beautifully! Love the cheeky chipmunk! xxx

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  10. pretty wood pictures! looks very serene

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  11. Gorgeous photographs, I really like the dandelion one it captures the delicate nature of the flower xxx

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous shots, looks stunning! :) x

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  13. Wow, I had no idea there would be so much wildlife in a park like that. Thanks for sharing!

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