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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We had always wanted to do an all-inclusive deal in some tropical paradise. That way, we wouldn’t need to worry about our “room and board” beyond a single daily price – just our activities. It worked out very well in Costa Rica, where our hotel came with unlimited fruity drinks, amazing buffets, and nightly shows.
But I didn’t expect it to also come with so many photographic opportunities.
Between the beach and the birds, the trees and the pools, there was so much to take in! Of course, they would want a well-cultivated landscape to delight their patrons, but in a place like Costa Rica, little effort was required.
We were on a beach that was somewhat scungy with dark sand and murky water, but even that proved beautiful.
I had a few favorite spots at the resort.
To begin with, I loved the first view that greeted us each…
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Following on from a previous blog, these female reproductive structures of the Common Liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha subsp ruderalis) are now showing the white cotton candy-like sporophytes beneath the umbrella-like archegonial heads. These are the spore capsules which when released may germinate into new plants. And all this going on in a small plant pot with […]
05 June 2017
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I feel the weight of reaction, the weight of battle ahead. There is no way for me to express my emotional angst. The administration of my country has committed a huge injustice to humanity and the planet. For the U.S. to withdraw from our commitment to the Paris Accord is a crime against the present and the future.
All I can do is give you a sample of Mother Nature’s incredible legacy: a Spring flower of luscious delicacy in color, design and presence. The peony is a symbol of a flower’s ability to heal when our hearts and minds are wounded, when our hearts and minds are troubled, when our hearts and minds are tested.
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