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 →

The Black Eyed Susan

The Black Eyed Susan is a spectacularly beautiful flower. Add hundreds of these cone flowers to a landscape, and prepare for a vision that will forever be etched into your memory. In my life, I cannot count how many times I have truly been taken with a landscape laid out in front of me. What... 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 →

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 →

Boardman River Restoration: Planting Milkweed

A few weeks back, my mother and I assisted the Grand Traverse Conservation District staff plant Milkweed plugs along the banks of the Boardman River. This section of the river, and many others, have been restored to flow along a more natural path (after the removal of the aging dam). Spring 2017 The restoration efforts entailed... Continue Reading →

Daydreaming

The uncharted calls to me The untouched--that without tarnish Fields of green sway to a universal pulse Why must my soul be drawn to a shaded path? To a woodland stream meandering through ancient arteries? Here I am but a witness to the divine I close my eyes to the light and listen I hear... Continue Reading →

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