Tag Archives: Scot Stewart

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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Caught in the crosshairs

Scot Stewart “Wolves are not our brothers; they are not our subordinates, either. They are another nation, caught up just like us in the complex web of time and life.” –– Henry Beston The closest relative of “man’s best friend” is one of the most controversial animals in nature, drawing a range of emotions from […]

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Nature’s awe-inspiring design

By Scot Stewart “Looking at Nature and seeing Nature are different. Seeing is peering inside the heart of an oak leaf, or feeling the spirit of a river and knowing it.” –– Unknown The natural world brings a true sense of delight and wonder to those able to explore the woods, grasslands, deserts, chaparrals, mountains […]

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Frost

by Scot Stewart “December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”  — John Geddes It is a special October morning when the spirits of a night, steeped in a biting cold of winter’s first hint, drape the land in a sparkling coat of crystals. In the predawn light, ferns, grasses, raspberry […]

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Slate Islands

by Scot Stewart It could be said that woodland caribou living on the Slate Islands exist because of the stars. The islands were created when a meteorite hit just across Lake Superior off what is now the Ontario shoreline. It plunged into the planet, long before the lake existed, and now, about six miles from […]

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Preserving History in Central

by Scot Stewart Ghost towns evoke a sense of mystery, excitement and curiosity. What happened to a once bustling community that caused residents to leave with their homes still standing? What forgotten treasures were left behind in the houses, stores and outbuildings from days past? What remains of the spirits of the former mothers, fathers, […]

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Milkweed

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Walking through a field of tall grass and “weeds” may lead to a surprising fragrance wafting around not just noses, but entire bodies. Heavy, sweet and overpowering, its source may not be readily apparent. With a little curiosity and […]

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Busy as a bumblebee

by Scot Stewart Fuzzy, big and noisy, bumblebees are a wonder. Many have pondered how an animal shaped more like a hairy jellybean could fly. The flocculent round bodies are perfect designs for their lives as nectar and pollen feeders and the roles they play in pollination. But much of their entire existence is either […]

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Trumpeters in the bog

by Scot Stewart n a foggy morning in the Upper Peninsula, it is possible to go back in time—65 million years or more. Listening in the stillness as misty wisps wrap around tall, ghostly black spruces and spindly tamaracks, a prehis- toric bugling pierces the early stillness. Sounding like it could be from ptero- dactyls, […]

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