Welcome to my blog where I periodically post musings about my photography work, nature photography in general, and the natural history and ecology of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  Most of the photos posted here are housed in the subject matter galleries and may be accessed by clicking on them. Blog photos that don't have another relevant gallery are located in the Blog Only gallery.


Chain in MossChain in MossCommon haircap moss with chain from an old logging dray (sled or sledge)

Sensuous Twigs

March 22, 2022  •  1 Comment
Experienced naturalists can usually identify trees by glancing at them from a distance. In some cases, this ability is based on specific characteristics, such as branching pattern or bark texture. For example, the floppy leader of eastern hemlock reliably separates it from other conifers. In many cases however, trees (and other plants) can be ident...
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Reading Tracks in the Snow

March 10, 2022  •  2 Comments
In the previous post, 'Big Creek Ice Sculptures,' I praised the creek for its artifice with snow and ice. Beyond their beauty, the creek's frozen formations tell stories about the season's weather and the creek's responses. For those of us who want to know more about our other-than-human neighbors, it doesn't get much better than exploring along cr...
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Big Creek Ice Sculptures

February 01, 2022  •  Leave a Comment
1 - Today (February 1st-2nd) we're at the half-way point between the Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox. Variously known as Imbolc (ewe's milk) Candlemas, St. Brigid's Feast, Ground Hog's Day, and many others, the day celebrates the gestating new life of the coming year. In our Upper Peninsula climate, the only visible signs of the event are the le...
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Fall Favorites 2021

December 27, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Reminder: You can hover over the photos to see their titles and captions, or click on them to go to their galleries. For my final blog of 2021, I am posting 15 favorite photos taken this fall. Given our location in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, it's not surprising that the majority are "fall color" shots. In these parts, red maple produces the first...
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Late Summer at Big Creek Homestead

December 25, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Because late summer for me was dominated by construction of a multi-purpose outbuilding (see previous blog), my photography during this season was mostly limited to nearby phenomena around the homestead caught my eye. Principal among these were the many bumblebees collecting pollen in the gardens and meadow. The bumblebees I photographed appear to...
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