WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY
I’ve always had an infectious sense of wonder when it comes to close encounters with wildlife, but sometimes the very best encounters are totally unexpected, and it’s often with creatures that never seem to make anyone’s “must-see” list.
It was an unusually warm, snowless winter day at the end of January. I had just sprawled out on the ground with my camera resting on a fallen tree to position it for the best angle to photograph a beaver lodge at the edge of a secluded cedar swamp. Slight rustling in the dry leaves drew my attention. I turned to my left and an inquisitive young opossum was just a few feet away—not playing dead, not backing off, and not advancing. It watched me ever so intently as we both moved slightly about for better views of each other. The opossum inched closer and then we were eye to eye. It seemed to freeze in place. So did I. Continue reading
Looking for a warm gathering in the middle of a winter wonderland? Come to the Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Rochester!
Running from Friday, January 19th to Sunday, January 21st, Fire & Ice is a three-day community celebration fit for the whole family. From dog sled rides and ice skating, to carriage rides and drink tastings, Fire & Ice has it all! Admission is free and the memories are priceless.
Snow is falling in Oakland County and that means it’s a great time to have some winter fun at our area ski resorts. With all three being just a short drive away, you can choose from Alpine Valley in White Lake Township, Mt. Holly in Groveland Township, and Pine Knob in Clarkston. The resorts offer student, child & senior discounts, school ski-clubs, rentals, lessons, and terrain parks. If you’re just starting out on the slopes, have no fear! All three offer beginner hills with tow ropes and magic/wonder carpets to make things easy for you.
Check out our video and see all of the winter fun there is to be had on the slopes in Oakland County!
Residents celebrating Christmas can turn their annual tree trip into a family adventure inside the idyllic rural landscape of northern Oakland County. As the year comes to a close and Fall makes its final, blustery turn to Winter, there may be no better place to experience the seasonal change than among the fresh pines of a Christmas Tree Farm.
Oakland County’s award-winning GIS team has developed an interactive map to help residents find the perfect tree farm for a seasonal outing.
The warmth of your generosity could help those less-fortunate this winter. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations of new or clean, used coats through November 30th as part of their 30th annual “Coats for the Cold” coat drive.
Donated coats will be sent to a variety of local charitable organizations, who in turn distribute the coats to community members most in need.