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MISUNDERSTOOD

Porcupines are prolific tree climbers; habits benefit others Story and photos by Scot Stewart “The spice of life is all about diversity. Even the smallest gem adds great delight to life’s plate.” – Anonymous Life in heavily forested areas of the U.P. can seem dark and mysterious. The canopies of large sugar maple, American basswood, […]

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RED HEADS

Woodpeckers provide a much-needed splash of color during the winter months “Even the woodpecker owes its success to the fact that he used his head.” – Author Unknown The color of winter here in the Upper Peninsula is truly white, the ground is white, the sky, the trees, and even the wind is white on […]

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OTTER JOY

A rare but exhilarating sight, if you’re lucky enough to see them Story and photos by Scot Stewart There is something special about spending time outdoors with the expectations of the place and time and being surprised by the appearance of a sound, aroma or sight of something unforeseen. The source of amazement may be an […]

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KILLER PLANTS

Several types of carnivorous flora set traps for insects in U.P. bogs, wetlands Story and photos by Scot Stewart When the tables are turned it usually gets everyone’s attention. When a bison or a moose turns and chases off wolf everyone gets wide-eyed. A delicate flower blooming in the middle of a snow drift is […]

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PRISTINE SPACES

Keweenaw Natural Areas striving to acquire ‘the missing link’ Tho’ you’re tired and weary Still journey on, till you come to your happy abode, Where all you love you’ve been dreaming of Will be there, at the end of the road. – Sir Harry Lauder The Keweenaw Peninsula is a wild place. The road ends […]

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NATURAL STATE

Seeing, a state of mind at Craig Lake State Park By Scot Stewart “We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. […]

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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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MARKING HISTORY

Innovation helped Quincy Mine be a production leader IN THE OUTDOORS • Story and photos by Scot Stewart “In a very basic way, a prominent landmark … tells you where you are. They let you know that you’re not the first person in a place” —Tracy Kidder Drive up the Quincy Hill from Hancock in […]

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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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