In which our roving reporter, Mark Smith, discovers a new sport …
Normally we call it the season of mud: March. It’s good for nothing, really. Neither spring nor winter, outdoor sportsmen have long found the buildup to the first day of spring to be one long yawn. This winter, however, has been topsy-turvy, with substantial snow and cold weather coming late, after much of the already flimsy ice of Lake Leelanau had broken up early.
I encourage everyone to visit a truly wonderful site (which I just discovered) called Nature Change, Conversations about Conservation and Climate, which is “a new multimedia magazine developed by the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) as a cooperative venture for regional nonprofit organizations involved in protecting and managing the lands and waters of Northwest Lower Michigan.”
For all you Ernie Harwell fans out there, I’m sharing this wonderful audio tribute, (click below to “read more”) starting at approx. 3:25. Well worth a listen. For me, the voice of Ernie Harwell was the voice of summer itself. It’s just that simple.
Ernie always started the season with this reading from The Song of Solomon:
For, lo, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; The time of the singing of birds is come, And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
Who doesn’t love stickers? We here at LLLA have not been hibernating all winter. On the contrary, we have been busy planning for spring and summer, thinking of ways to get our message out to all riparians and lovers of Lake Leelanau. And so it is with great pleasure that we announce the newly redesigned LLLA logo, thanks to Bethany Kucera of BatGirl Designs.