Tag Archives: winter


By Bryon Ennis. My 2010, all-wheel drive SUV usually performed well on snow-covered Upper Peninsula roads, and I credited this normally safe, sufficient traction to the four all-weather tires that came on the vehicle. However, I experienced two hair-raising episodes when, of its own accord and totally without warning, my SUV suddenly broke from its […]

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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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Where is the heart of life in a winter wood?

 by Scot Stewart “Stark skeletons of wood, the trees stand solemnly on the hill waiting to take their licks from the winter wind, so aware, yet so unafraid of what they deeply understand.” — Anonymous Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the […]

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In the footsteps of the lynx and the hare

by Katherine Larson What do the lynx and snowshoe hare have in common? Very big feet. That observation, many thousands of years ago, transformed life in snowy places. Basically, it taught humans to make snowshoes. Big surfaces spread impact. Consider what happens when one puts the thin edge of a spade against hard ground and […]

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Snow shelter builder Ralph Christensen works to create a door for his snow shelter, which also has a tarp roof and Styrofoam insulation flooring to keep it warm. (Photo Courtesy: Pam Christensen)

Snow shelter offers basic way to experience winter camping

By Pam Christensen For most women, Valentine’s Day means flowers, candy and a romantic dinner out. My Valentine’s Day this year was spent in our backyard snow shelter. On a recent trip to Lansing for a Library of Michigan Board of Trustees meeting, Ralph, my husband, and I were discussing our “bucket lists.” Ralph had […]

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