Category Archives: Natural history

Seeing nature, America defined

America is defined differently on the East Coast. In the Midwest, it is about a peaceful quiet, simple beauty, nature clean enough to dip summer toes into blue sparkling water, and sunshine along gently rolling corn fields with country highways. The area of forest patches increases with latitude, home to wildlife, brilliant spring ephemerals and…

A set scene in the past: topics of spring; health and environmental toxicity; rural life; poverty

This post combines a set scene of daily life from a rural town (Chassell, Michigan, during the economic recession of the early 2000’s) to underlying topics in health and environmental toxicity. Spring and natural beauty can be contrasted to poverty, in terms of social impacts, and environmental toxicity from legacies of past mining booms. Sufjan…

Celebrating spring: Silent starts and geological finds Objectives: infusing geological and natural history themes into a narrative of experiences living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (US), rock collecting along the shores of Lake Superior during the very start of spring. Spring’s onset on Lake Superior shores begins not with photosynthesis or trophic food web…