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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Monday, April 13, 2009


sandhill cranes

sandhill cranes

There were many more cranes than what you see here. I couldn't fit them all into the shot!


  1. That is so cool! I have NEVER seen that many together at once, and for you to get this close?=AMAZING. I love those birds and blue herons, too!

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  2. Retired One...I thought of you while I was taking these. Another photographer stopped along the road, set up his tripod and spent some time too.

    There really seem to be a LOT of cranes this year, much more than in years past.

    AND we are seeing red capped sparrows (at least I think that is what they are called).

  3. Retired One, forgot to mention I waasn't that close. I shot from the truck. I wanted to get closer but there was a problem of traipsing through a ditch full of snow (probably would have been up to my waist) and a 3 strand barbed wire fence!

  4. I am so jealous! I believe sandhill cranes are one of the most fascinating birds. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Ashley, you are more than welcome! I wish there was a way to record their "voices" and post them with the digtal photos!


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