Get all the stars at Wilderness State Park

The Milky Way over Lake Michigan at Wilderness State Park by Diana Robinson The Michigan DNR explains that Wilderness State Park is one of Michigan’s Dark Sky Preserves: Michigan is lucky to play host to both dark sky preserves and parks that offer stellar celestial landscapes. These locations are specially designated because they have qualities … Continue reading Get all the stars at Wilderness State Park

Gale Force Assemble: Wild Weather on the Way for Michigan

Wild Day on Lake Michigan by Bob Gudas mLive reports that the storm systems that have been tearing across the country are coming to Michigan today, bringing high wind warnings to the state & dumping up to 2 feet of snow on the UP: Lower Michigan should have peak wind gusts between 45 mph and … Continue reading Gale Force Assemble: Wild Weather on the Way for Michigan

Wildfire in the Sky

Sleeping Bear Bay Northern Lights, photo by Kenneth Snyder Here’s a feature via Leelanau.com… A Conflagration of Storms from his online book The 23rd Cycle, Dr. Sten Odenwald tells of the evening of March 13, 1989 when a massive wave of solar energy struck our atmosphere, creating one of the most impressive northern lights displays … Continue reading Wildfire in the Sky

Sturgeon Bay Outhouse & Winter Cabin Camping at Wilderness State Park

Sturgeon Bay Outhouse, photo by David Clark We’re going to let David Clark of one of my favorite blogs, Cliffs and Ruins, take over today’s post. He writes: The most scenic walk to an outhouse award goes to Sturgeon Bay Cabin at Wilderness State Park, where this line of wind-blown cedars escorts you to the … Continue reading Sturgeon Bay Outhouse & Winter Cabin Camping at Wilderness State Park

Wild & Scenic Rivers: September color along the Carp River

West from the Lake of the Clouds, photo by Jim Sorbie Glints of yellow, orange and red are starting to pop up around the state, so it’s probably time to get some fall wallpaper for your computer! Check that link for a ton and get fall color reports and color touring ideas from the Pure Michigan Fall … Continue reading Wild & Scenic Rivers: September color along the Carp River

Exotic Michigan: Beaver Creek Wilderness

Beaver Basin Wilderness, photo by Michigan Nut Photography The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore says that the 11,740 acre Beaver Basin Wilderness was created in 2009 and: …includes 13 miles of stunning Lake Superior shoreline from Spray Falls on the west to Sevenmile Creek on the east. The wilderness is some 3.5 miles deep. The Beaver Basin … Continue reading Exotic Michigan: Beaver Creek Wilderness

Dwarf Lake Iris: Michigan’s State Wildflower

Dwarf Lake Iris, photo by Mark Swanson The Michigan DNR relates that Michigan’s state wildflower, the Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris): grows nowhere else but in the Great Lakes region, and most within Michigan’s boundaries: In Michigan, Dwarf Lake Iris is especially concentrated along certain stretches of the northern Great Lakes shoreline, where it may … Continue reading Dwarf Lake Iris: Michigan’s State Wildflower

Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Over the (Pine) River

Pine River Bridge Wellston, Michigan, photo by John Mickevich It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States that certain selected rivers of the Nation which, with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition, and … Continue reading Michigan Wild & Scenic Rivers: Over the (Pine) River