Tag Archives: Scot Stewart

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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Spring ephemerals in the UP

by Scot Stewart Shards of corn snow—coarse, crunchy crystals of melted and refrozen snow—finally cave in to the forces of warmer spring temperatures. Edges of remnant snow drifts collapse and tumble onto recently revealed moldering beech and maple leaves. Melting snow reveals much of the history of several past months. Tunnels of voles wind through ghost […]

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Sensing spring

by Scot Stewart “When the groundhog casts his shadow And the small birds sing And the pussywillows happen And the sun shines warm And when the peepers peep Then it is Spring.” —  Margaret Wise Brown Wrapped in an excitement that catches one’s breath, anticipation for a new season with so many facets capable of […]

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Rachel Carson, a lover, protector of the natural world

by Scot Stewart “Behind each rock, each blade of grass, each fish, there is a discovery waiting, waiting to thrill and inspire.”— Unknown There is something about the sparkle of sunlight on the surface of water on a summer afternoon to bring a smile, especially to a young observer. It only takes a minnow dancing […]

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Ice after the Ice Age

by Scot Stewart “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” ~Henry David Thoreau Whims and moods of Lake Superior molded by temperatures, winds and barometric pressures are continually in flux. During warmer months, lake watchers and […]

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Migrate, hibernate or just have fun

by Scot Stewart “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” —Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass When the thermometer begins its […]

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Keeping the Yellow Dog Wild

by Scot Stewart “When the Man waked up he said, ‘What is Wild Dog doing here?’ And the Woman said ‘His name is not Wild Dog any more, but the First Friend, because he will be our friend for always and always and always.’” —Rupert Brooke Northern Marquette County is a magical, contradictory place. It […]

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Creatures find home in breakwall

by Scot Stewart “‘Safe Harbor’ is a state of mind… it’s the place—in reality or metaphor—to which one goes in times of trouble or worry.” —Luanne Rice Marquette’s place on the shore of Lake Superior is marked with many dominant landmarks celebrating its geology and history. Presque Isle, with its breathtaking sandstone cliffs and promontories, […]

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The autumn world in the palm of your hand

by Scot Stewart “Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” —Albert Schweitzer Ephemeral is a great way to describe spring in the Upper Peninsula. Some years it seems like the first signs of […]

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