Photo Challenge: Michigan Denizens Who Prefer Dense Forest

Photo Challenge:  Dense

Some locals may emerge from the dense foliage for a moment to satisfy their curiosity before disappearing  back into the woods…

Some are dangerous, lurking in the dense underbrush and ready to combat the unwary hiker…

The fearsome Sciurus carolinensis

…and some may be travelers from afar, now taking up residence amidst Michigan’s lush greenery.

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27 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Michigan Denizens Who Prefer Dense Forest

    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      Quite possibly. Sophie of the Palatinate (here, 1641) was the subject of quite a few paintings. This is a print of a painting in the Detroit Institute of Arts, which placed it near a local hiking trail for public outreach. Goes well with the lavender flowers, I think.

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    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw him. The deer was particularly concerned because her fawns were in the nearby bush. She undoubtedly wanted me to keep my distance.

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    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      Thanks very much, Sumyanna. Glad you enjoyed your virtual visit to Michigan. I was so lucky to get that photo of the deer. They’re usually so skittish and bound off into the woods at the slightest provocation. But, she stood there for a minute or so while I got a pic. Good thing deer are also curious!

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      1. Sumyanna

        You’re welcome. Truly I have. I have never been to Michigan. You make it look so inviting. We have moose,deer, and elk here. In the National Parks they are usually used to seeing people so they don’t run away. We were almost trampled by a moose once. I think it must have been scared by people on the other side of a trail. Fortunately, we had ears 🙂 Seriously gorgeous images!

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      2. Tom Schultz Post author

        Sounds like you’ve visited the national parks in western Canada. I’ve been to Banff and Jasper many times, though not recently. And my brother was nearly “body checked” by a moose near the Columbia Icefields in Jasper. Fortunately, he’s more athletic than me, and he neatly avoided the moose. They look awkward, but are really fast and agile!

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      3. Sumyanna

        Actually, we are in Colorado but I would assume the scenery is pretty much the same. Yes, they are quite swift. The hard part is that in the mountains they often decide to stand in the streets and refuse to move quickly 🙂 Hard to get around sometimes up there.

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      1. Tom Schultz Post author

        I was just re-reading your “About” page, and I find it remarkable that you can remember it was a rainy day when you were born. I admit that I have no memory of the day I was born. Of course, it was much longer ago for me. 🙂

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  1. k walsh photography

    I wonder what the forest “natives” think of Sophie. Do they gather around and discuss her? Wonder who she is? Try and scare her off? The lavender flowering tree is pretty too. I noticed it as well as I came across such a tree for a first time and photographed it. Such a delicate tree, yet so colorful. I’ve spent much time in southwest Michigan. It’s a beautiful state!

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    1. Tom Schultz Post author

      I get over to SW Mich at least once a year, sometimes more on my way to Madison, Wi. I especially like the Lake Michigan shoreline at Warren Dunes state park. It’s a gem.

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