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Serenity at Saul Lake Bog

Journey out of the bustle and noise of the city until the homes grow scarce and the freeways empty. Take the well-worn road past farm houses where women in black velvet helmets and sleek boots trot gleaming chestnut colored horses around bright cones. Don’t go...

Close to Home

The following post is from Preserved! artist Anne Corlett. The post was originally posted at http://annecorlettartworks.blogspot.com where you can see more of her work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. In the recent past, I traveled all over the United States in search of adventure in...

A Forest in Recovery

This summer, 5 acres of pine trees will be removed from Brower Lake Nature Preserve. But why would we cut down perfectly healthy trees? Unlikely as it may seem, sometimes cutting down trees is the best way to help an ecosystem flourish. Removing pine trees...

Sunny Side Up

The following post is from Preserved! artist Kathy Mohl. The post was originally posted at http://kathymohl.fineartstudioonline.com/blog where you can see more of her work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. I recently had the pleasure of painting at the Upper Macatawa Natural Area and was delighted...

Painting among the Lupine

The following post is from Preserved! artist Michael Pfleghaar. The post was originally posted at http://blog.pfleghaar.com where you can see more of his work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. Today was my first outing of Preserved! 2017 at the Maas Family Nature Preserve near Rockford,...

Lupine in the Oak Savanna

The following post is from Preserved! artist Kathleen Kalinowski. The post was originally posted at kathleenkalinowski.com where you can see more of her work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. During the past week I have had the privilege of plein air painting several times in...

A Visit to Lost Lake

The following post is from Preserved! artist Randi Ford. The post was originally posted at randifordart.com where you can see more of her work. Learn more about the Preserved! art program here. This summer I will be creating pieces for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan's Art...

Meandering with Mom

Every time I think my mom is difficult to shop for, I remind myself just what I put her through. Mostly, she has to put up with me asking her a lot of mundane questions like, “How do I check the oil level in my car?”...

Prescribed Fire in Pictures

Each spring, as plants respond to the lengthening days with new buds, leaves, and flowers, the Land Conservancy begins a dose of prescribed burns across many of the Conservancy's nature preserves. Several of the preserves contain ecosystems that depend on occasional fires to keep them...

A Little Prairie Bog Magic

The following post is from guest blogger, Cindy Crosby. The post originally appeared on her blog, Tuesdays in the Tallgrass. “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being...

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