Lawn and Order

By on Apr 2, 2019 in Lawn-gevity |

Spring “Break” !

By on Mar 28, 2019 in Spring |

This has been my version of “spring break” through the years….Peonies popping out of the ground. A welcome sight usually in late March and reliable as clock work! They are tough and cold tolerant perennials that thrill us with their beauty year after year! Peonies are...

Studying fungus is a way to mold young minds.

By on Mar 21, 2019 in General |

She lichens me she lichens me not

By on Feb 19, 2019 in General, Nature |

I am amazed at the duress lichens will cause some people. They view lichens as a sign of death or decay and strategize to bleach it from existence. True they are found on stationary imperfect objects like grave stones or the north side of slow growing trees, but what keeps us from appreciating their natural beauty? Lichens are an intimate relationship of fungal filaments and algae creating a natural mosaic of art. The fungus protects the algae from the mean world out there and helps collect minerals and water. The algae in turn can photosynthesize making food like plants do and fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. In this intimate relationship it shares some of that with the fungus. It’s like a quid pro quo you scratch my back I’ll scratch yours intimate relationship of organisms. Who would want to break that up? She lichens me, she lichens me not. In the plant world we call the...

Snowy Owl Sighting!

By on Jan 19, 2019 in Birds |

A gallery of 6 snowy owl photos I took on Sunday January 13, 2019 at Pere Marquette Beach Muskegon Michigan. In some years, some North American Snowy Owls remain on their breeding grounds year-round, while others migrate in winter to southern Canada and the northern half of the contiguous United States including Michigan. Snowy owls are territorial on their breeding areas, and sometimes their wintering areas as well. Some Snowy Owls defend their winter territories fiercely, even engaging in combat with other Snowy Owls. Some banded Snowy Owls return to the same wintering site year after year. Unlike most owls, Snowy Owls are diurnal, extremely so. They’ll hunt at all hours during the continuous daylight of an Arctic summer. This owl shows up irregularly in winter to hunt in windswept fields or dunes like Pere Marquette beach Muskegon Michigan. They spend summers far north of the Arctic...