Summer Solstice Solitude & Wildlife Adventure

A red fox stands in tall grass

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

Summer is the season nature’s way may appear to slow, but that only holds true for those that do not venture out onto our trails or into our parks and wildlands. Walk alone in solitude in the dawn’s early light and the landscape will come alive with hidden secrets, or hike with your nature-embracing companion, and pleasures will increase through the art of sharing. Walk slowly, stop often, look, and listen, and a new world of nature will spring to life. I thought about and now share, some of my favorite creatures that thrive on the wilder side of Oakland County as the dawn of the summer solstice draws near.

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Here Comes Eastern Cottontail

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits appear in snow free lawns almost simultaneously with the first crocuses of spring, but they are not found “hopping down the bunny trail,” except perhaps in colorful children’s books with Easter themes. As for egg laying, that’s out of the ability of real rabbits, even though April 1st sometimes brings rabbit related practical jokes and staged photos of rabbits incubating eggs. There is no joking however about the name “cottontail,” for the tail of the rabbit looks like a ball of fluffy white cotton and that’s where this wilder side tale begins, a tale on the lighter side, of the wilder side. Continue reading