Quietsolopursuits and Me

Quietsolopursuits is one of my favorite blogs.  Jerry is a superb photographer, and his blog reflects his love of nature, specifically birding, but all things outdoors. 20140713_130721 His Photo Life List is to document all of the bird species found regularly in Michigan, and he’s about halfway through that project.  Every day, he goes walking with some of his amazing camera gear and documents what he sees, narrating animal behavior in an always-entertaining style.  It’s a great blog.

After following the blog for a while, it was obvious that Quietsolopursuits actually lives somewhere in the Grand Rapids area.  Eventually we struck up a conversation of sorts, and I asked him if he would mind if I tagged along on one of his walks – volunteering to carry The Beast, as he calls his 4-pound Sigma lens, or any of his other gear.  We finally got together for a stroll at Pickerel Lake Nature Preserve last Sunday.  What a treat.20140713_11374720140713_12053120140713_12304720140713_115224

Jerry has a keen eye for movement, and was snapping away at birds I couldn’t see.  Little bits of wildflowers, flying insects, birds…..everything catches his eye.  We walked mostly in silence, me trying to stay out of the way, and not be too annoying with inane chatter.  I did carry the tripod, which went unusued, except as a backdrop for a few photos.  It was interesting to stroll in this manner – slowly, searching the ground and skies, looking for something to photograph.  Birds are out of the question for my cellphone camera and slow reflexes.  I spent most of my time watching Jerry, and looking for interesting fungi.  So, here’s a collection of my shots for the day.

Thanks for letting me tag along, Jerry.  Hope we can do Quietduopursuits again sometime.

These tiny fungi (all together) were no larger than my pinky fingernail.

These tiny fungi (all together) were no larger than my pinky fingernail.

Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe

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