Tree Swallows are eye-catching aerialists with iridescent blue-green feathers and brilliant white fronts. Now that summer draws near, these beautiful birds are pursuing flying insects when they are not perched on nesting boxes, branches, or tree stumps. Their acrobatic twists, turns, dives, dramatic climbs, and changing of direction make capturing a photo in flight extremely challenging. However, the Tree Swallow pictured above, landed on a wetland tree stump and seemingly posed for a photo. The photo also gives a clue to the origin of their name.
Do you love to shop local? The Oakland County Farmers Market at 2350 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328 is a mainstay for providing grower-direct fresh produce and flowers to county residents and visitors. Hosting more than 100 farmers and artisans, from 17 Michigan counties, shoppers will find fresh vegetables, fruits and baked goods as well as flowers, crafts and more.
Spend the day at the market and enjoy a breakfast sandwich or barbecue lunch served by market vendors. The market also hosts many special events, educational programs, cooking demonstrations and can be rented by the public for various purposes.
May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. It has never been more important than now to recognize the role mental health plays in our overall well-being and helping those in need receive support. When living with a mental health condition or facing a mental health concern, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But many people live healthy lives after seeking help for the mental health challenges they face. You aren’t alone, help is out there, and recovery is possible.
Natural wonders of spring are appearing along the trails and in the woods of Red Oaks Nature Center in the City of Madison Heights. If you are a birder, this hotspot of biodiversity is one of the best places to be in these early days of May. I was there earlier this week on an overcast morning that hinted of rain to come. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a watchful snacking squirrel perched on the edge of the parking lot fence.