EXPLORE OAKLAND COUNTY NATURE. Get out and feel great and explore the little things that nature has to offer! See the photos and visit their website for more stunning photos and information. “Jonathan Schechter is the Nature Education Writer for Oakland County Government and blogs weekly about nature’s way, trails, and wildlife on the Wilder Side of Oakland County.” Hope you enjoy the visit and get out in the woods and explore.
WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
Indian Pipe (Monotopra uniflora) is emerging in the moist woodlands of the wilder side of Oakland County. Recently its growth has been accelerated by rains and warmth. Ghost Flower is another common name for this strange and beautiful plant that has a near total lack of pigmentation. Its ghostly, waxy white coloration leads some to call it the “Corpse Plant.”
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Amy interviews guest, Kimberly Bockoven of the YouTube channel,”fatwomangoesraw.” At the start of 2012, Kim was almost 350 pounds and she decided to switch to a raw vegan diet. A raw vegan diet is one that is made up of foods that have not been heated over about 118 degrees fahrenheit. In August of 2012, she decided to go on a 100 day juice fast and started to do video logs on her YouTube channel. In total, she has lost over 140 pounds and went from a size 28/30 to a size 12! She now has a closed Facebook group with over 3800 members where she offers support. She is a Certified Holistic Nutrition Health Coach, specializing in the area of weight loss, also a mother of 3, and writer/author. On the show, Kim discusses her unique weight loss journey.
The weather here in Melbourne is bleak and blustery, but we had a few minutes of sunshine earlier on so I raced out with my trusty phone to take these:
The pictures show the mini greenhouses I bought from Bunnings. They come in a flat pack -shiver- but everything fits together quite easily for a change, including the clear plastic ‘cover’ that fits over the frame. The covers go all the way to the floor [but do not ‘seal’ completely]. Access to the inside is via heavy duty zips.
I was skeptical, at first, but I quickly noticed that the interior of the greenhouses is noticeably warmer than the outside air, and visibility is usually low due to condensation on the plastic. I’m not sure how the plants will go in summer conditions, but at the moment I’m only watering a tiny bit, once every 2 weeks or so.
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Today I want to share with you some of my photos from my trip to Vienna. Honestly I have tried to cut down the photos but there are just so many I want to share with you all. Luckily though I did manage to not include them all! I had the most amazing time sightseeing and exploring the city. We went to so many palaces, parliament, cathedrals, museums and even visited the film festival too. Vienna really was so beautiful and the buildings are honestly so stunning and massive. Most of the time you couldn’t even get the whole building in the photo! The city centre was stunning and of course we had to stop to do some shopping. We visited lots of local cafes and restaurants and some of the best cake and ice cream ever. It tasted SOOOOOO GOOD!! We actually stayed in a small apartment on the…
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Written By Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Paige Taylor
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It’s not always easy to feel grateful, especially when the skies are gray and our workload seems never ending. As the day trudges by with the minutes feeling like hours on our mood drops, our shoulders sag and with furrowed brows, we find ourselves wishing for the day to end. But while we are busy wishing away our lives we could be busy reminding ourselves of why we love it, for it is in these moments when reacquainting ourselves with gratefulness is the most important and beneficial.
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