Erik Rintamaki was looking for a new way to find agates when he picked up a UV flashlight one night and set out to scan a lonely Lake Superior shore in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. What he found that night changed his life. Three rocks, nestled in a circle on the sand, began to shimmer a bright yellow hue beneath the beam of his flashlight. Erik named the rocks "Yooperlites" and since that night, he has discovered hundreds more of these shimmering, glistening rocks along the shores of Lake Superior. The world took notice. A video of one of the rocks on Erik's facebook page has gone viral and Erik and his Yooperlites have been seen across the globe. Local geologists and mineralogists have chimed in on the worldwide discussion. They say these rocks are something that has never been seen in Michigan before. In "Light Up the North" I meet Erik and hear the story of how he discovered these stones. I find out exactly what he does with them, and then head out to the beach to see where these stones come from and what makes them special.
There are only three people in the state of Michigan who band hummingbirds. In "Touch the Sky" I meet two of them; husband and wife team Rich and Brenda Keith. In this ten-minute docu-short from Fall 2016, I interview Rich about his work at the Kalamazoo Nature Center and get a closeup look at the bird-banding process. We travel by golf cart out to the fields to see how the birds are caught, and later, capture the awed reactions of visitors who come from all over Michigan to see the birds up close before they are released back into the sky.