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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!

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Yesterday, Dan and I water sealed the two lodges that are on the refuge.

A couple weeks ago we had pressure washed them (by we I mean Dan ran the machine and I watched).  We had to blow some of the siding off again yesterday prior to spraying sealer on them due to all of the pollen.

We have pollen off the big pine trees at home, but not like here!!!  You have to rinse your windshield off before you go anyplace.

Any way, I digress...

While Dan was spraying the sealer on the siding, I was busy trying to hypnotize a carpenter bee (a story for another time).  I noticed something "fly" out of the area where Dan was spraying.  I thought it was a HUGE dust bunny or maybe some old insulation.

I didn't think anymore about it until I thought I saw it move...and it wasn't windy.

I walked over to this hunk of fuzz and realized it was a flying squirrel.  About the time I got my camera focused, she/he took off for the phone pole.  I still managed to get a few pictures and I have two things to say...THEY ARE SOMETHING THAT ONLY THEIR MOTHER COULD LOVE and BOY, DO THEY HAVE HUGE EYES!!!

But I have some nicer photos to share with you.  Wisteria is blooming!  Like about 6 weeks early!!
And notice the pollen on the azaleas??  Dogwoods are really showing off now too!!


  1. Ooooooo, flowers! I can't wait here for mine! I was shocked to see the heads of my daffodils up yesterday through the dirt on St.Patrick's day....too early for us and I am afraid for them!! Seeing a flying squirrel would be very cool...too bad you couldn't video it with your phone so we could see it "fly"!!!

    1. They give me the creeps! And these are the ones that try to steal the protected red cockaded woodpecker tree cavities...and kill the baby wood peckers.

  2. Anonymous3:49 PM


    Flying mice.......great. Looks like most of the snow is gone aroung Newberry. Very strange year.


    1. Worse than flying mice as far as I'm concerned! YUCK! Our banker told us yesterday it was 71 in Newberry!!

    2. Anonymous4:11 PM

      80 DEGREES in the UP.......IT'S MARCH. Sounds like a good start for a bad bug season if you ask me.


  3. Love the dogwood photo.

  4. Oh good lord.... If I'd gotten close to that flying fur-ball I'd have been running and screaming down the street!!! Yikes-- A flying Squirrel.

    Your flower photos are stunning-- So beautiful.

    I like how you and Dan work together-- I do a lot of watching my husband too ;-)

    xo jj

    1. I would have freaked if it landed on me. I appreciate the compliments on the posies!!

      Dan and I DO work well together...most of the time!


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