Tag Archives: Scot Stewart

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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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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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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Rocking around the lake

Photos and story by Scot Stewart “Geology is a capital science to begin, as it requires nothing but a little reading, thinking and hammering.” — Charles R. Darwin in a letter to his cousin W.D. Fox Charles Darwin began a mineral collection in his youth with great interest and excitement, especially for new discovered/named specimens. […]

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Where the green ferns grow

Photos and story by Scot Stewart “I fell in love with flora of all types, especially ferns. Loved the sparse structure and repetition of shape––almost fractal.” –– Jack Dorsey  They were the fodder of dinosaurs and grew to the size of trees. They had foot-long dragonflies light on their fronds. It was 359 million years […]

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Grouse, the harbingers of spring

by Scot Stewart Looking for signs of spring can be one of the most engaging pastimes in places where winter can linger for six or seven months. Dripping icicles can be an exhilarating sight. Swelling buds, the first robin, a blooming dandelion alongside a building: they all make the heart sing! Figuring out this spring has been […]

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Barking up the right tree

Scot Stewart Bark, a trees first and largest form of protection, comes in all shapes, sizes, patterns and colors. Trees pictured are: Top row from left, balsam poplar; American beech with a fungus growing on the bark; red pine; white ash. Middle row, from left, trembling aspen; white birch; striped maple, also known as moosewood; […]

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Monarchs of the night

by Scot Stewart “ I enjoy that there are owls. Let them do the…hooting for men. It is a sound admirably suited to swamps and twilight woods which no day illustrates, suggesting a vast and undeveloped nature which men have not recognized…” –– Henry David Thoreau “The plumage…of the wings of every species of owl […]

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