Pics of the Parks Contest: Nature & Wildlife Photography Tips



The second annual PICS OF THE PARKS photo contest is underway and runs through September 7. It’s free to enter and is sponsored by Oakland County Parks, the Oakland Parks Foundation and the Oakland Press. All images must be captured within the 13 Oakland County Parks and must be a minimum of 2MB to ensure proper printing and quality. Complete rules and regulations for the contest can be found at

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POISON IVY: Fight the Itch with Wildwoods Wisdom



Poison Ivy in full sunlight takes on a bushy form

A walk through shady woods or a sun-soaked meadow is the perfect way to embrace the wonders of summer. It’s healthful, relaxing and has endless rewards, some for the eyes and some for the taste buds. Juicy black raspberries are ripe, blackberries are almost ready and in hidden pockets of more northern landscapes, blueberries please the palate. Yet, hidden in plain sight for those that are not in the know is Toxicodendron radicans, better known as poison ivy. The summer of 2015 has produced a bumper crop of this plant of itching woe, a plant that triggers a painful itching, blistering and sometimes oozing reaction. This extreme reaction happens when Urushiol, the sap of the plant, makes even the slightest contact with the skin. Continue reading

Make a Splash this Summer at Red Oaks & Waterford Oaks Waterparks!

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Looking for an awesome way to spend the day with your friends and family? Head over to Red Oaks or Waterford Oaks Waterparks for tons of water fun in the sun! Oakland County Waterparks offer water themed features that are perfect for all ages to enjoy. Take a dip in a wave pool, relax on a river ride, or splash around in a water playground. You can enjoy concessions or bring your own picnic items and dine under one of their huge umbrellas, canopies or pavilions. You’ll have it made in the shade!  Continue reading

DAYLILIES: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Delicacy



Daylilies are highly versatile, easy to identify, tasty treats. They thrive not just on the ‘wilder side’ of Oakland County but in urban fields and along rural roadsides. It would be difficult to go for a drive or hike in Oakland County without encountering the common daylily: a not-so-wild wildflower that in these early days of July adds brilliant splashes of orange contrast to a summery landscape that’s rich with shades of green. Continue reading