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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!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


We have been so fortunate in our travels to stay/work where people are more than willing to educate you about their jobs and what they do.  We never realized till working here at Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge how much work goes into just getting ready to have a prescribed burn...and it isn't just cleaning around the cockaded woodpecker trees that happen to be in the prescribed burn area.  It is also cleaning around gates, signs that might burn, utility boxes and guide wires, etc.

There have only been two burns so far since we've been here.  The weather hasn't cooperated as far as humidity, wind, rain, moisture content of the area to be burned, etc.

About 10 days ago, the plan was to burn about 200 acres that had been prepped.  There was still just enough moisture in the undergrowth that it didn't take off as planned.  I did get some photos to give you an idea of a small, prescribed burn.


  1. interesting...but the smell of the smoke would KILL me there! I'd be coughing and eyes watering for many hours after!!

  2. I guess I really didn't notice it that much, but then I wasn't "in the thick of it".


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