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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!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

THE UGLY DUCKLING???

Dan and I enjoyed our time with the two Christmas bird counters that we took around the refuge on Monday.  The older man was very knowledgeable in a LOT of things, so much so, that I truly believe he must be a genius.  Very smart man and extremely personable...and funny.  He sure was a jokester.

It turned out to be a nice day for bird counting on Monday and Dan and I saw a lot of birds that we otherwise probably would never have paid any attention to had we not had these two people with us.

The man is also into the refuge butterfly count in the spring so he was extremely excited when Dan pointed out a butterfly on the hood of the truck.  The old fella hopped out and identified the butterfly before it flew off.  I can't remember the name of it because I didn't know there were that many letters in the alphabet, but it is rare to be seen here, especially this time of year.


One of the birds that this man was very excited about is the one that I HOPE to post a photo of (really having connection problems this a.m.).  It is a black vulture.  We have seen plenty of turkey vultures, but I guess this is a rarity to see just sitting in a tree.



YOU AREN'T SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE REFUGE AFTER DARK, SO I ENHANCED THE TOP ONE...I REALLY WASN'T ON THE REFUGE AFTER DARK!

The bottom photo is of the same fella only NOT retouched.


So, tomorrow is Christmas...it sure doesn't seem like it.  I think Dan and I are going to the Golden Corral for Christmas dinner, although I'd really rather go have a big, deep dish, lotsacheese, pizza!!

Hope all is well for you and that you have a Merry Christmas.

(I am reading others blogs, but again, with my connection, I just don't post comments)

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