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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Dan and I drove down to this HUGE beautiful lake on Sunday. The following is a very brief bit of info about it;

Lake Mattamuskeet is the largest natural lake in North Carolina. The lake is a wetlands depression that fills with rain water and the natural runoff from the land around it. There are no underground springs or headwaters feeding into the huge lake. The lake bed is three to five feet below sea level.
Lake Mattamuskeet is one of a number of Carolina Bay lakes of disputed origin. An Indian legend attributes its formation to a fire that burned for thirteen moons. Scientists cite the possibility of a prehistoric meteor shower or underground peat fires in speculating about how the lake formed.
Since 1934, the U. S. Government has owned Lake Mattamuskeet and it makes up most of Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge. The lake is a favorite wintering spot for migratory birds in the Atlantic Flyway.

heading in for a swan landing

almost a  swan touchdown

a perfect swan landing


  1. That last pic. is not balanced when you consider the framing of it but it sure is a fabulous shot! Look at that tree with red leaves!!! And the swans splashing in the water... Oh my God! Looks like a pic. taken in heaven!

  2. Ekan, Thanks for the comment! The photo was actually larger than what you see, but I try not to "overload" my blog with large photos since they take longer to load and view. There are more variety of water fowl off to the right that aren't in this post.

    Thanks again!

  3. Awesome photos, Cathy!! I would be SO excited to be there and catch all those different kinds of birds in such a fabulous setting!!
    LOVED them!


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