Friday, May 1, 2009

Things I like about Northern Michigan...

Every time we make the 3 hour trek up to our log cabin in Northern Michigan, I dream about the time that Greg and I can stay up there forever. It's difficult to describe the beauty of Northern Michigan and do it justice, but I thought I'd share a few images of why I love it so much.

Monarch Butterfly

Boats docked in Northport...

Lake Michigan

The fresh smell of pine trees...

Juvenile Common Loon

Thursday, April 30, 2009


It's wet and rainy over here! How about you?

Psst....I'm sneaking away to the cabin this afternoon. I'm on a Loon mission. Also, I'll try to find some other wildlife to photograph so you don't get sick of my birds all the time. Lol! An elk or coyote would be nice....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Loon Ranger Rides Again!

I believe it was Carolyn at Mountain Musings who joked to me that the "Loon Ranger rides again" in reference to my loons returning to the lake at our log cabin. That made me laugh! But it is true - I am a Michigan Loon Ranger. I will be monitoring the Loons on our lake and recording data as well as making sure they stay safe.

I found a wonderful poem that I recently posted on one of my 20 million blogs (Ha! Poor Leedra & Betsy who are so kind to read all my blogs!) that I would like to share with you.

Lakehood - a poem by Loons Forever

a lake
needs a loon
to laugh with the moon
to be a lake

By the way, I'm getting tired of shooting these far away shots of my Loons so I am headed out on my kayak this week to get some better photographs. I don't care how cold it is. Hopefully I don't tip. Because then I would wreck my camera before succumbing to hypothermia.....

Also, if you've thought about getting a kayak - now is the time to do it! There are great sales at Dick's Sporting Goods and REI.

And now a GRATUITOUS plug of Shelley's Nature Store.
A sale for Mother's Day!
When you check out, put in the code 10MOMDAYSALE for 10% off!

It's only good through April 30th.
I have many matching gift items, things for a godmother, new mother and more!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Updates at the Log Cabin & a WINNER!

Now that spring is here, it's time to tackle some projects at the log cabin. We want to put in a dock this year and have been checking Craig's List to see if we can find some good deals! Next on our list is landscaping. We are going to do a small portion of it. Greg is building two long flower boxes which I'll show once they are completed. Here are some other happenings...

Here's a Robin who promised me that Spring is now here to stay....

Marvin wants to know when we are going to stain the deck. It's already been a year!

Umm Greg...this isn't WHERE your fishing boat goes!

Now the last order of business! Greg drew April's name ("Straight from the Heart" ) for my final log cabin follower winner!Congratulations to April! Be sure to pay her a visit! She has a wonderful blog filled with beautiful photos, funny stories about being a mom and much more! (April, please email your address to shelleyupnorth at gmail dot com.)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Colorful pairs at the log cabin

I am heading downstate from the log cabin shortly and looking forward to checking up on all of your blogs! I've missed you my friends! It was great weather up until yesterday afternoon and then it started raining. Here's a couple photos I'd like you to take a look at. Which pair do you think is more colorful........

A pair of Wood Ducks.....

Or my mom and her sister? (Notice their matching red hair and pink outfits! HA! HA!)

*My mom is wearing the baseball cap.

P.S. I need to draw my log cabin follower winner tonight since I was out of town this past Thursday! Be sure to check back on Monday! Thank you!!

P.P.S. I've been making mother's day gifts from my nature photographs! Be sure to check them out at my online store. When you click on the link, on the right side bar there is another link that says "Mother's Day". I'll be adding more in the next couple days! :-)