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 →

Liberation

I found myself driving purposefully into a snowy wonderland. Just two days prior, rain had prevailed, melting the rollings hills that the road meandered through. March in Traverse City, Michigan is a very dynamic time of the year. Thus my excitement to head out to a favorite section of trail along the lands of Brown Bridge... Continue Reading →

Olympus Infinity Tele: Part 2

If it does not bring you joy, why keep it? A great question. I am always struggling to keep my camera collection to a minimum. Every so often, I find a camera that I find too hard to resist, and purchase it right away. I read the reviews, clean it up, and with nervous anticipation, load... Continue Reading →

Just Like Winters of Yore…

I have always wondered what it would be like to become older, to have made numerous trips around the sun. To gain wisdom, experience and live a full life. Incrementally, the wonders of my youth are becoming realized. For example, I have often wondered if I would be one of those individuals who would say "back... 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 →

Season’s Greetings

Other than politics, the one topic that can-- guaranteed-- stir the emotions of many, is the weather. This is, of course, true of many in Northern Michigan. Especially winter and its cold weather. Just the brief mention of the word snow is enough to send someone into a theatrical fear. "Don't say the 'S' word!" Ya know...the... Continue Reading →

Autumn at Brown Bridge Quiet Area

Autumn can be described simply as an annual cycle, in which the Earth and the Sun in our solar system are positioned just so. The season can also be described as the prequel to winter, where the long, lazy sunny days of summer are but a distant memory. To some, Autumn represents a time to reflect,... Continue Reading →

Joy

As a professional photographer, I am, of course, keen on working with equipment that provides the results I envision in my mind. And more often than not, I find myself using my bridge cameras to do so. Why would a professional photographer bother with a bridge camera to capture the fleeting moments that are to never... 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 →

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