This article is a beginner's guide to the basics of mushroom identification with easy-to-follow, organized information accompanied by quality-defining photographs.
Why the U.S., Britain, and Yugoslavia occupied the Free Territory of Trieste and its port in the Adriatic Sea for several years after World War II, along with my Dad's Army photos from his 1947-50 involvement there, and his story about a magical encounter.
This article provides information on Michigan's commonest conifer trees other than the spruces or pines, including the White and Red Cedars, the White and Balsam Firs, the Hemlock, and the Tamarack (Larch) tree. Quality photos assist with identification.
Identifying 4 most common Michigan spruce trees shared with the Central and Northeastern regions of the United States and Canada. Includes, the Norway Spruce, White Spruce, Black Spruce and Blue Spruce. Quality photos and photo-drawings assist identification.
5 most common pine trees of Michigan are described, photographed and/or illustrated for identification including Jack Pines, Scots Pines, Red Pines, Austrian Pines and the White Pines. The historical significance of the White Pines in America is described at the end.
Inspired to summarize this moving film, David Attenborough proclaims, A Life on Our Planet, is his personal witness statement of his life and the future. The film recounts the accumulation of his career and grieves the loss of wild places offering a vision for the future of the planet if we act now
Identifying 13 most common, deciduous native Michigan big-trees, including interesting facts. Many trees of which are also common in the Northeastern and Central regions of United States and Canada. Quality photos accompany identifying features, including summer and autumn leaf photos.
I'm sharing my personal "Hello from Heaven" after death communication from the loving spirit of my husband, Joseph, in hopes it may bring peace of mind and comfort to someone grieving the loss of their loved one..
Everywhere we turn during the spring season we are filled with awe just to see all the beautiful blossoms on the luxurious trees and showy shrubs! The following article features the most popular varieties with gorgeous photos along with interesting facts and growing tips. Be inspired!
Two documentaries, Forks Over Knives and Game Changers, has removed the confusion over what we should eat above all the conflicting information out there with the most comprehensive cross referenced studies I have ever witnessed!
Identification of North, South and Central American, Atlantic and Gulf Coast gastropod sea snails, also, Indo-Pacific varieties! Interesting facts and beautiful photographs of the various species from some of the most common to the unusual! Simplified identification descriptions.
For the curious beachcomber of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of North, South and Central America who desire to know something about the clam shell or bivalve he or she found irresistible to pick up! Includes many artistic photographs, identification and interesting facts of 40 separate varieties!
A guide to identifying beach stones found along the shorelines of Lake Michigan, with photos and info about syenite, rhyolite, pumice, dolomite, quartz, wishing stones, heart stones, quartzite, Presque Island serpentinite, diabase, pegmatite, conglomerate, and banded metamorphic rocks!
Fascinating facts and photos featuring the most common beach stones found along Lake Michigan shorelines, as well as several unusual kinds; includes various types of basalt, septarian, limestone, granite, gabbro, diorite, gneiss, schist, sandstone, silt stone, mudstone, geodes, chalcedony and agate.
A photo essay of the historic Felt Mansion, from its launch by the inventor and visionary, Dorr Felt, to its deterioration and haunting, to its rescue led by persistent history lover, Patty Hoezee Meyer!
A photographic odyssey explaining the progression and formation of the ice shelves forming on The Great Lakes before and after the 2014 historic polar vortex event. Includes hidden dangers!
Did you know the milkweed plant is named after a Greek God or that it has medicinal properties? Discover its history, versatility, uses and why its essential for monarchs in this photo essay!
Find out who and from which civilizations in history first discovered and cherished our beloved landscape bloomers including the azalea, redtwig dogwood, rose of sharon and the hydrangea!
Discover how we celebrate and cultivate some of our most popular ornamental shrubs and trees throughout history and now, including the forsythia, purple leaf sand cherry, apple blossom and lilac!
A heavy snowfall in Michigan inspires uplifting poetry and beautiful winter photography. Includes an anecdote about the hemlock trees under threat and an orb captured by the camera of a loving watching spirit!
Breeva is a prehistoric horseshoe crab and a main character in the fascinating book I've written. It's a special moment in her life driven by her maternal calling. Interesting facts and modern day plight follow.
Still the waters is a metaphor for calming the soul. This photo essay references modern prophets and mentors including Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Neale D. Walsh and more to help us quiet our inner noise and worries.
Oval Beach in Saugatuck, Michigan has always been a pearl among dune coastline tourist spots. Secluded from noisy development, it remains pristine thanks to well-established preservation societies.
Spring inspired musings; a few are reflective over my true loves passing and some are lighthearted and refreshing, like the season!
A trip to Frederik Meijer Garden in Grand Rapids, MI is filled with spring floral offering a relief from winter dulldrums! Butterflies, bromeliads, Chihuly glass sculptors and much more are on display
Don't you agree it's interesting how people follow certain paths in life to ultimately discover what they do best? In the case of artists who draw fossils and their interpretations of the once living beings, I find them especially fascinating! After...
The fifties was a decade full of optimism and funtime culture. I came across a photo recently from my 1950's childhood and it led me on a nostalgic quest!
A history of this quaint Lake Michigan beach front known as Pier Cove including tidbits, poetry, and the wonders of mother nature enhanced with the author's beautiful photography!
The following story will make you feel as if you were there as one of the young peace-loving participants during the infamous Woodstock Concert in upper state New York, August of 1969.
Like a woman An orchid is a beautiful flower Like her foundation Its stem is strong yet flexible Like her skin The petals are silky soft to the touch Compared to her feminine body An orchid's form is curvaceous Like her...
A photo collage dramatizing the ice storm of 2011 hitting much of Northern USA and Canada! Inspires poetry
Unique and rare Septarian brown stones among other types are found along a narrow stretch of Lake Michigan shorelines. Find out the one other place in the world they can be found.
Most winters, the shores of Lake Michigan become locked in ice, and some winters the ice sheet reaches beyond the horizon. The natural beauty of it touches our souls with wonder. ...
Much has been written about dinosaurs and the fury of T-Rex in popular culture; but are you aware there were giant creatures dominating Earth's oceans long, long before the dino-era ending 65 million years ago?
A healing letter to my husband who passed into the spirit world. A silver lining evolved from the pain which I feel the need to share hoping it might help someone else grieving.
Experience many ways we can find peace if only for brief moments during our daily lives. The trick is being mindful of the need. Beautiful photography enhances the experience!
A winter forest stroll led me on a spirited adventure. It began when I noticed the face on a tree trunk that reminded me of a deceased loved one. I made it into a magical theme through rhythm and rhyme with a moving ending!
Lighthearted poetry inspired by mysterious tracks in the snow all around a Michigan forest is now a children's book of verse and rhyme enhanced with beautiful photography. See it in the flesh!
One January morning, looking westward toward Lake Michigan from my porch, I caught sight of a storm approaching while at the same time the sun was rising out of the East. It created a uniquely ominous atmosphere. It was inspiring to see my landscape...
Poetry that asks; would we understand hot without cold, appreciate summer without winter, feel the depth of our love without its absence? God experiences relativity of this world through our lives!
Kathi's gorgeous nature photography inspires musings!
Millions of years ago, the bravest little millipede led his millitroops out from the Rheic Ocean waters into one of Earth's first forests in hopes of escaping their predatory world. Based on the science of paleontology. Photos of fossils and artistic renditions accompany the story.
Learn how to make a grapevine basket that's easy for beginners and fun for advanced basket makers!
I published a heart wrenching poem after my husband Joseph's passing and was told it reflects the bargaining stage of grief. Seven years later, I have updated it reflecting on my own process through the 7 stages of grief. My hope is that it may bring comfort to someone who recently lost a loved one.
Tour an autumn landscape that can be as beautiful as the blooms of summer! See some plant varieties which shine during the fall season and learn some practical tips!
Whether you're walking along the shore or the beach of one of the Great Lakes, you may pick up what looks like a fossil and want to know more about what you're holding in your hand.