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About the Photographer
Randy McCune, a resident of northern Michigan, is attuned to the natural world, both by inclination and education. With a background in field biology (B.A.) and outdoor education (M.A.) and 30 years as a photographer, his love of the outdoors has become a profession and a lifestyle. His photographs are impassioned by what he feels, a sense of intimacy with the scene, and a closeness with the small and subtle beauties in nature that we often rush by in our hurry to be somewhere else. Photography for Randy requires meandering, scouting. . .finding the abandoned barn, the thick trillium grove, the derelict boat, and capturing the scene when the light and atmosphere are optimal. His work reveals a sensitivity, an eye for the delicate, like thin grasses against snow, as well as for the wide landscape--a flexible searching eye. His work has the power to startle us, awaken our perceptions, allow us to share in his awareness of natural beauty. We at the Diocese of Gaylord wish to thank Randy for allowing us to use his photographs on the home page and other locations within our web site. We hope that you will see in these pictures what we see throughout the year in northern Michigan ~ a land that has been gloriously adorned by the hand of God. Randy may be contacted at 7969 Pickerel Lake Road, Petoskey, MI 49770-9642.
Views of Spring

The following is a gallery of the photographs used on the web site home page, most of which were taken by Randy McCune. These pictures were chosen because they speak of the beauty and natural wonder of winter in Northern Lower Michigan, home of the Diocese of Gaylord.

The ladyslipper is a creation of exquisite delight. It is actually a species of wild orchid and is typically found in or near moist lowlands. The ladyslipper is commonly called "moccasin flower" as its bloom appears similar to that comfortable type of foot wear.

Fawn in Field
Nature could not have a better flagbearer in spring than the Whitetail fawn. The sighting of one of these beautiful spotted youngsters is a memorable moment. The does keep these little guys tucked away in secluded locations during the first few weeks of their lives. This one looks right at home in a field of Indian paintbrush.

Trillium and Morels
Nothing is a truer celebration of spring in northern Michigan than the woodlands covered with trillium and morels. The trillium are protected throughout the state, so they may only be appreciated in their natural habitat. The harvesting of morels on the other hand results in a true epicurean delight for those lucky enough to find them.

Spring Blossoms
The redbud and dogwood against a clear azure sky bring color and freshness to spring in northern Michigan. The convergence of the branches gives the impression of reaching for heaven.

Field of Flowers
This late spring meadow landscape brings to mind a passage from Luke: "Notice how the wild flowers grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet, Solomon in all his splendor was never as adorned as one of these."

Staying in Line
Canadian geese are one of the most recognized and widespread of North American waterfowl. Scenes like this one, mother and her goslings floating near a river or pond's shoreline, are a definite harbinger of spring to the area.

The Marsh Marigold
The Marsh Marigold is one of the earliest plants to add spring color to the northern Michigan landscape. Its bold yellow blankets the local wetlands. Along with splashes of wild violets they create a stunning bouquet.

Although it doesn't remain in the area during our hostile winter, the return each spring of the robin, Michigan's state bird, signals an awakening and reanimation of life, a renewal of hope.