At lunch I took a quick hike in the woods. I didn't find any morels, but I did find some mushrooms. They weren't there last week! That bit of rain we got spurred them to pop, it seems. Pheasant back mushrooms, also known as Dryad's Saddle, are one of the most common mushrooms I stumble… Read more...

Spring is my favorite time of year: winter is over, green things are starting to grow, and being outdoors isn’t quite so uncomfortable.

I couldn’t capture a picture of the turkey I saw (it saw me first) but I found a few snapshots of spring in the West Michigan woods.

Last year’s berries and flowers, worse for the wear. Sassafras and black raspberry lie dormant but are still striking in their bright green and purple hues.

As of last night, the elusive menorah appears to be standing in front of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing. No matter the perspective on the issue, I think we can all agree that the lawn is a better place for a religious symbol than next to an open dumpster. It's heartening to know… Read more...