Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Michigan, Nature

Ann Arbor


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Botanical Gardens - Ann Arbor

I’ve been lucky so far this winter. There’s been some snow but not much. It’s the same with bitter cold, a few of those days but for the most part not bad at all.

Michigan, Nature, Photography

Orange Flowers


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Orange Flowers

Today reminded me of Spring. The temperature got up to 50 degrees and it felt good to breath in the smell of earth. It’s been a while since I’ve seen grass, even if it was wet brown grass it was still nice to see.

There’s a weather advisory starting tonight and lasting until Wednesday evening with a forecast of up to six inches of snow. I hope this is the last of it.

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Bee or Bird?


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What  is it?This guy was quick. Flying around flowers then stopping mid-air to feed, I tried several times to get a photo but they were all blurry. That’s what happens when you don’t figure out how to adjust shutter speed. I’m not sure what it is, a bird or some kind or insect? He looked like a cross between a hummingbird and a bumblebee. I felt compelled to get closer but the thought of getting stung kept me at a good distance.

 -edit- Thanks to Nora Locke I now know this is a Hummingbird Moth. Thank you!

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Purple Flower


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Purple FlowerThis winter has been brutal. I’ve experienced temperatures colder than I’ve ever felt. I’ve seen more snow than I’ve ever seen, enough to last a lifetime. I can’t remember what flowers, dirt and grass smell like.

As soon as the snow melts I will be on the trails looking for signs of life and hoping to photograph a flower.