Nature

January 2020 - A New Year

Amazing water level photographs, Dan Tack tribute and beautiful winter photographs!, Yes, Volume 15 - means 15 years of TI Life....

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Susan W. Smith

Island Terrarium

It was always my dream to take a piece of the river home with me in the fall to help me savor my island world until I could return in the spring. Last fall, I did just that.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Lynn E. McElfresh

Winter Swings

Sometimes it feels as though Old Man Winter has a temperature-oscillation App which he turns on before disappearing for a week or two..

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Paul Hetzler

The Thousand Acre Challenge

TIWLT has done a lot for this area, and is about to do more with the launch of their latest initiative: The Thousand Acre Challenge.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Calder Schweitzer

That Beautiful Sound

Transport yourself to the serenity of the River. Close your eyes. What do you hear? An eerie but beautiful sound. A Common Loon. Each year dozens of volunteers take part in the Annual Loon Count on the St. Lawrence River.

Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2020
Alaina Young

Deer Grandma and Grandpa...

What is life like for those few lucky, possibly smarter, white-tailed deer which manage to avoid cars, coyotes, projectiles and parasites beyond the first few years of existence?

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Paul Hetzler

Halloween Storm of 2019: A Witches’ Brew First-Hand*

To know that a storm is coming is to apprehend mystery and fate... By bedtime, it was blowing a gale.

Volume 14, Issue 12, December 2019
Raymond S. Pfeiffer

Northern Harrier Magician of Grassland and Marsh

Once known as Marsh Hawk, this species is a favorite raptor of mine. They are most often seen skimming low over open country flashing the white rump patch that helps identify them in all plumages.

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Gerry Smith

Treeconomics 101: Color-Coded Prosperity

Trees whose leaves show color ahead of their same-species peers are doing so because they are barely breaking even. The solar-powered sugar factories we call trees are good savers, ...

Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2019
Paul Hetzler

Regretting a Rut in the Water

I have heard that the only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions. This may be overstating things a bit, but we definitely fell ...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Donald Middleton

Flooded Trees...Most Things in Moderation

What really harms trees is a shortage of oxygen in flooded soils. Severity of flood damage also depends on a tree’s health before the event...

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Paul Hetzler

Aid for What Ails - Yes, Sumacs

The next time sumac’s bright red fall “flag” catches your eye, consider stopping to collect some berries to make a refreshing drink.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Paul Hetzler

Starting to Face Climate Change

I put up a petition using this picture of a flooded boathouse and in short order found that a lot of us supported something that would encourage action.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Sherry L. B. Johnson

Depth of Field: The Story Behind the Image: “Autumn Afternoon”

I knew immediately there was a stunning photograph to be had here, but there were challenges to be overcome.

Volume 14, Issue 10, October 2019
Chris Murray

Betty White

She was the talk of Grenell Island—Murray Isle too. “Did you see the new set of ducklings? One of them is white.” Well, in all honesty, she

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh

Out of a Flood: The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary

The Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary is an oddity of history, its nine thousand hectares of field, wetland, and uplands established on land reclaimed through unique circumstances.

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Craig Irwin Stevenson

The Work of Minna Anthony Common: Rock Ridges Trail

Minna Anthony Common spent nearly all of here summers surrounded by its beauty as the foundation for her life's work.

Volume 14, Issue 9, September 2019
Becky Ferrigno

And Then There Was Light

Before August 1st, 1929, Grenell Island was dark at night. Imagine a world lit by lamplight.

Volume 14, Issue 8, August 2019
Lynn E. McElfresh