Saddle Up And Ride On The Wilder Side Of Oakland County

 WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY Foggy and sometimes frosty October mornings, kaleidoscopes of autumn leaves, majestic trumpeting of Sandhill Cranes, and hot pink muck buckets: they all signal it’s time to saddle up and ride the multi-use equestrian trails managed by Oakland County Parks. Although I am not a rider, I answered the call of … Continue reading Saddle Up And Ride On The Wilder Side Of Oakland County

Six Rivers Land Conservancy: A Portal to the Wilder Side of Oakland County

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY The cataclysmic land-sculpting forces of the last great glacier created the hilly topography that is the present day Oakland County. As the glacier retreated, and new landforms took shape, it gifted us with over 1,400 lakes of various sizes and depths.  One of those lakes is 48 acre Teeple Lake, an alluring … Continue reading Six Rivers Land Conservancy: A Portal to the Wilder Side of Oakland County

Let Nature Be Your Teacher: On the Wilder Side of Heritage Park

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY I am an unabashed partisan of nature’s way, even when it is limited to small protected pockets of land surrounded by suburbia. One of those pockets is 211-acre Heritage Park, a multi-use park under management of the City of Farmington Hills Department of Special Services. For those that want to … Continue reading Let Nature Be Your Teacher: On the Wilder Side of Heritage Park

Snowy Owls: Visitors from the Arctic Wilderness

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY Snowy Owls are charismatic, majestic and mysterious. They are the heaviest of all North American owls with some weighing almost six pounds. Their yellow eyes, massive talons, feathered feet, eye-catching white plumage and diurnal hunting behavior appeal to almost everyone, even people who normally would rather shop in a crowded … Continue reading Snowy Owls: Visitors from the Arctic Wilderness

Turkey Tales and Tidbits from the Wilder Side

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY No one seems to think about turkeys very much until the turkey’s internal temperature soars to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and it’s surrounded by sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, cooked greens and a pumpkin pie. Invite me to your Thanksgiving table and I won’t ask about the wishbone; I will try to … Continue reading Turkey Tales and Tidbits from the Wilder Side