Amy L Peterson

I'm Amy L Peterson, wife an obsessed fisherman, stepmother of four great kids, and caretaker of numerous spoiled animals. I spend my days managing an environmental grants program and my other waking hours, writing, taking photographs and befriending wildlife. I developed this blog so other people will spend more time wondering about nature, pets and life.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs – Part 1, Misguided or Unnecessary signs

I have a problem with signs–the fact that many signs are unnecessary, some lie, some are confusing, and some are mis-placed. And my overall problem? There’s too many signs littering our landscape. In this posting I’ll share some misguided or unnecessary signs. This is a sign that just plain lies. There is never just one …

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A Conversation with my Dad, Circa 2009

Phone rings and the voice on the other end says: “Hello, this is Me.  Is this You?” “Yes, it’s Me.” “Well, it’s Me calling, and Me doesn’t call Me.  So who am Me speaking with?” Uh. Rats.  “You?” “That’s what Me thought.  How are things?” “What kind of things?  Little things or big things?” “Anythings,” he said. “Those are different.  So …

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Eastern phoebe baby

The eastern phoebe is a type of flycatcher that Mark and I have had the pleasure of seeing at our cabin in northern Michigan. Doorframes and other human-made structures are preferred spots for eastern phoebes, and our front door frame seems to meet their needs. The photo below shows an eastern phoebe nest up close, …

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The Next Generation

On Memorial Day weekend 2022 family came together from Germany, California and Ann Arbor to see Opa Opa (Mark) and Oma Amy (me) in the Lansing area. We did simple things, like walk on a nature trail, play at a playground, and eat ice cream. As I enjoyed myself and photographed, I was taken by …

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Animals, a Song

This is for my granddaughter, Sofia. We went to the Binder Park Zoo in 2021, during which I started working on this song. When I finished the song, I knew I just needed a photo of the two of us, which was taken by her mom, Rebecca Oemke, at the Potter Park Zoo (in Lansing) …

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The marriage proposal

Mark and I hadn’t planned on being in Houston, Texas, in April 2021, but for various reasons, we needed to be. And once there, while we did plan to escape the concrete area around our motel to visit a Japanese garden, I had no idea that instead of photographing birds with feathers, we’d witness two …

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