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!
Plant-based nutrition is sweeping the country and much of the world making a believer out of me! Two documentaries, Forks Over Knives and Game Changers, has removed the confusion above all the conflicting information out there with the most comprehensive cross referenced studies I have 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 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 photography. Includes an anecdote about the hemlock trees under threat.
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 as Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Neale D. Walsh and more to help us quiet our inner noise.
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 beautiful nature photography inspires musings
A short story of the bravest little millipede who led his millitroops onto one of Earth's first forests millions of years ago to escape the predatory ocean.
Learn how to make a grapevine basket that's easy for beginners and fun for advanced basket makers!
I wrote this poem after my husband Joseph's passing. I was told it reflects the bargaining stage of grief. Seven years later, I have updated it with my own process through the 7 stages of grieving.
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 beach of the world's oceans or the USA's Great Lakes, your imagination is on high alert ! You pick up what looks like a fossil and wonder what creature remains you're holding in your hand must have looked like and how it lived, or how long ago.