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The Ghost Flower of Oakland County

cks free shipEXPLORE 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.


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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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Gold waves

Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions and Things to do in Stockholm

Claire Imaginarium

Today’s Thursday-Sunset is brought to you by Puglia, where the sea transforms into melted gold.

Baia Verde (Puglia) – 2016

Italy Puglia Baia Verde sunset

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Beyond the Invisible

The Sixpence at Her Feet

I Wonder ~

How Many People
I’ve Looked at

All My Life

And Never Seen…

~ John Steinbeck


1) Laura Williams Photography
2) Jeremiah Morris
3) Alex Baker Photography
4) Albert Wu Photography
5) Laura Williams Photography

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Costa Rica: Resort Life

SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE! See the beautifully done story and photography!World Travel!

LotsaSmiles Photography

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.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

We were on a beach that was somewhat scungy with dark sand and murky water, but even that proved beautiful.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

I had a few favorite spots at the resort.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

To begin with, I loved the first view that greeted us each…

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Tropical Palm Trees In A Plant Pot II — Pete Hillman’s Nature Photography

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 […]

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and Spring’s Peony as Inspiration)

See her page “Lens and Pens by Sally ” for more beautiful nature photography.

Lens and Pens by Sally

05 June 2017


1. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved 1. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Pink Peony; 2017 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click onto each image to enlarge. Let me know which you prefer. Prints are available upon request.


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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