I had the opportunity to attend an Innovation Workshop on Fighting Island in the Detroit River. The island is owned by BASF Corp. and is the meeting place for many customer, business and training meetings. It has a beautiful lodge, cabins, conference facilities, and 4 miles of trails that intermingle with marshland and cornfields. And it hosts a very healthy population of pheasants.
The accommodations here are wonderful. We could look out over the Detroit River (Canadian side) from inside the lodge and watch as barges unloaded tons of gravel and boulders along the shoreline as part of a project to restore Sturgeon beds in the Detroit River. With the river cleaning up fisherman are now catching Great Lakes Sturgeon for the first time since the early 1900's, and the fish are again successfully breeding.
I woke early Wednesday morning and decided to go for a walk along the main road. It was dark, and I only had the clear skies and stars to illuminate my way, but I walked as far as the road would take me. After an hour or so I headed back just as the fog started to roll in.
nye of pheasant' were frolicking in the grass so I attempted some low-light digiscoping. I managed a few keepers, but had better luck taking videos. Lucky I did, because the morning sun was soon enveloped by a fairly dense fog that quickly created a misty backdrop for the birds in my viewfinder.
We would work for the rest of the day and head back to the mainland in the afternoon, but the short time on the island was a wonderful treat! Thank you, Ken Perry, for the opportunity to attend a great workshop, and for the opportunity to scratch off another nemesis bird on my photography bucket list.
Nye. What a great word...