Miller Creek Natural Area

Yesterday I took a most pleasant hike around the Miller Creek Nature Preserve, located in the heart of Traverse City. As always, I was beyond thankful that such places exist in abundance in Northern Michigan. Head downstate, and preserves become sparse. Population density certainly becomes relevant. Preserves and natural areas are priceless resources. The best... Continue Reading →

Evergreens at Reffitt

White Pines line the dirt road leading to the trailhead. Some are just saplings vying for some light, while others tower over the landscape with a wisdom that sings in the breeze. Reffitt is rich with these beautiful state trees. Everyone Benefits As I have noted in earlier posts, the importance of preserves and natural... Continue Reading →

Mitchell Creek Nature Preserve

There exists a certain charm to exploring areas that have been infrequently traveled. It makes me light on my feet. I feel invincible and vulnerable all at once. The paths are few, but the rewards are many. This the accumulative charm that can be found at the Mitchell Creek Nature Preserve. I will be honest, I... Continue Reading →

A Kodak Tradition…

To Boldly Go Mt. Everest, to many, represents the ultimate challenge of human endurance and determination. Until the successful summit of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on May 29th, 1953, many had attempted what had seemed to be impossible.* Much went into the summit: money, extensive materials research, travel and logistics (and much more... Continue Reading →

Out and About…

I believe my last blog post was published on the 19th of November. Time sure passes quickly! Since that day, I have been busy visiting preserves and natural areas to check off my list (recall the post: A Lofty Goal). In this post, I decided to take a different path (no pun intended). Instead of long-winded introspection, I... Continue Reading →

Brinkman Bog Nature Preserve

Old Mission Peninsula is known for its scenic views, rolling hills, sandy beaches, a lighthouse and of course--its vineyards. Set between the East and West Bays (part of Lake Michigan), the peninsula is uniquely situated, which, turns out, is quite ideal for growing grapes. Over the past few years, these vineyards have been producing some world-renowned... Continue Reading →

Ransom Lake Natural Area

  This visit to Ransom Lake was planned on the drive home from the visit the week prior (being October 1st). As of the 1st of October, the leaves on the deciduous trees had just begun to reveal their fall splendor. Peeks of reds, oranges and golds adorned the landscape. This is why I decided to... Continue Reading →

A Lofty Goal

Northern Michigan is a special place. It seems that no matter where you find yourself on a map, a preserve, natural area or recreational (or historical) park is not too far away...easily at a distance that would make for an unforgettable day trip.  These protected areas are host to myriad habitats and species...each area just as... Continue Reading →

Deepwater Point Natural Area

Tonight's post will contain few words. Instead, this post will focus solely  on a few photographs (captured with my Kodak P-880) from a recent visit to one of my all-time favorite places, Deepwater Point. Enjoy! Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit my page. 🙂 -Adam K.

Boardman River Meadow Loop Trail

The late day sun offered a golden glow to the flowing sea of grasses lining the trail. The leaves of trees rustled gently, carrying with it the honey-sweet symphony of birds hidden in the underbrush. I had come out to this trail head in hopes of capturing some great shots of the songbirds that frequent this... Continue Reading →

Signs of Spring

This year has been particularly good for the amphibians that rely on the ephermal pools of the area, especially at Refitt Nature Preserve. Earlier this month, my wife, daughter and I ventured out to spend a morning listening to the song of the Spring Peeper. We spent over two hours sitting, walking and listening. Enjoy the... Continue Reading →

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