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CRYPTIC COLORS

Mimicry, blending into their natural surroundings, helps creatures to survive IN THE OUTDOORS • Story and photos by Scot Stewart “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” – Søren Kierkegaard Imagine having to spend your whole life looking over […]

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ECO-CHESS

Pieces of the Puzzle part II: biologists acting to improve ecological balance   Story and photo by Scot Stewart “A wolf singing of the beauty of the night, singing as no human voice had ever done, calling on a mate to share the beauty of it.” The wonder, surprise and intrigue of the Isle Royale wolf […]

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PERFECTION PUZZLE

The challenge of balancing life in the complex ecosystem of Isle Royale     Story and photos by Scot Stewart “The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.” –  Douglas Horton It is perfect when all the pieces of a jigsaw fit into place.  With even one piece missing it just looks terribly wrong.  […]

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Take some time out to go with the flow

  Story and photos by Scot Stewart The hill slid slowly at first, then suddenly to the river’s edge. It was a clear, fast running stream, filled with dark, mysterious boulders, bouncing the chattering water in all directions.  But it was that chatter, and the very racing itself, that brought a serenity, a peace to […]

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MYSTERIOUS MOTHS

    Story and photos by Scot Stewart When the moon arrives in the darkness, The moth appears at the disappearance of sunlight. It flickers its pale wings as it shakes from its deep slumber, To go search for food To carry it through the night. – Suzy Kassem, from “The Moth and the Butterfly” […]

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METAMORPHIC MIRACLES

Butterflies are blossoms with wings, visions of hope Story and photos by Scot Stewart A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world… but then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed… we feel lucky to have seen it. […]

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Falling Waters

Waterfalls abound across Upper Peninsula Story and photos by Pam Christensen Cutline: Bond Falls is located on the middle branch of the Ontonagon River about three-and-a-half miles east of Paulding. Upper Peninsula waterfalls are even more spectacular as the snow melts and spring arrives.  The melting snow pack sends water rushing down rivers and over […]

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Nature’s majesty

The history of Isle Royale’s moose population Cutline: 108: A female moose feeds on the shore of Lake Superior at Isle Royale National Park. 93: A Native American pictograph found near North Hegman Lake in Minnesota, in the  Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It’s believed to have been painted 500 to 1,000 years ago. 45: […]

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It’s a Grand Island

It’s a Grand Island Story and photos by Scot Stewart Cutlines: 4367: Mid-February ice formations on Grand Island are shown. 4523: Ice climber Kait Roszak of Madison Heights, Michigan, nears the top of a cliff face as Mike Wilkinson of Lexington, Kentucky, belays. 4521: Kait Roszak takes a break from the climb for a quick […]

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‘They fly through the air as if on wings’

By Michael Murray Leaning over a burn barrel at the bottom of a ski-jumping hill, tracking young European daredevils as they defy the very idea of gravity, you might find yourself contemplating the existential questions of winter: Could I do that? What would it take for me to strap on a pair of skis and […]

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Within the icy depths

Story and photos by Scot Stewart “The reason that fish form schools, birds form flocks, and bees form swarms is that they are smarter together than they would be apart. They don’t take a vote; they don’t take a poll: they form a system. They are all interactive and make a decision together in real […]

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Birds at the Frozen Shore

Story and photos by Scot Stewart “When you go out in a boat you don’t want to get that sinking feeling.” — Anthony T.Hincks It is not a great feeling walking across the ice of Lake Superior either. But the best things in life often come with risks, right? Sometimes the risks are greater than other […]

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A Christmas story

By Noah Hausmann Its needled boughs twinkle with dazzling lights as it stands poised and conical before the ivory dome of Michigan’s Capitol building. It’s traveled far, some 400 miles from one peninsula to another. If it could, it should be proud. Not just any evergreen can become the official state Christmas tree and preside […]

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Fungi, Nature’s recyclers

Story and photos by Scot Stewart “Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented us at different times, as we see things in growth or dissolution, in life […]

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Dragons and damsels

  Story and Photos by Scot Stewart Imagine living in the depths of a murky pond for a year or two, waking one morning, crawling out of the water, cracking and climbing out of your skin and flying away. That is the life of many aquatic insects, but none does it more gracefully than dragonflies […]

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