More shots from Seidman Park

I figure I spent close to two hours this weekend (2 separate visits) standing in the middle of a stream that feeds into Honey Creek. What a great way to start the day, listening to the burbling of the stream as it passes over the rocks on its way to the larger creek. On this morning’s visit I was rewarded with mayapple flowers, which are hidden beneath a canopy of leaves.  Mayapples grow in colonies from a single root system.  Their leaves obscure the beautiful flower that blossoms in late April or May.

Nature First

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Recently, I joined an organization of nature photographers who dedicate themselves to principles to limit their impact as they practice their art.  I was reminded of this yesterday morning as I was exploring Seidman Park and Honey Creek once again.  As I bushwacked off the trail, I followed deer trails so as to avoid stepping on newly emerging flowers that decorated to the forest floor.   I also resisted the urge to investigate and backed off immediately when I accidentally flushed a hen turkey from her nest of eight eggs.  I would have loved to have taken a closer look, but knew that my presence would keep the hen from returning to the next and might attract the interest of other people enjoying the park.

We can’t help but have an impact on the land whenever we go out into nature.  But we can learn to limit that impact.  Members of Nature First commit to 7 principles:

THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES

  1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

  2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

  3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

  4. Use discretion if sharing locations.

  5. Know and follow rules and regulations.

  6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

  7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles

You can learn more about Nature First Principles by visiting their website here.  You can learn more about Leave No Trace principles by visitng LNT.org.

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“Our Magnificent Planet”

I submitted three photographs to Lenswork Magazine today for possible inclusion in a book they will publish this fall titled, “Our Magnificent Planet.” They will select 300 photographs from those submitted. Fingers crossed, they will select one of these. (Click on images to see them full size.)

A Spring Morning along Honey Creek

After our 6:00 a.m. commando visit to the grocery store (complete with face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer), I escaped our new Covid-19 reality and went out to Seidman Park with my camera to see what Spring looks like. (Click images to see them full size.)

 

Covid Close Ups

Michigan’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order is denying me the opportunity to travel north to photograph this year’s spring. So, I have begun practicing macro photography. On one of our infrequent visits to to the grocery store I bought some flowers and on a walk I found a couple of pine cones to stand in for Sleeping Bear Dunes, Lake Michigan and Point Oneida. Even in the smallest things, however, there is beauty. (Click on a photo to see a larger version.)