Browsing All posts tagged under »Phragmites«

Wonders never cease

August 4, 2009


I spent last Thursday at a Special Meeting of the Torch Lake Township Board.  You’re probably already wishing I’d posted a flower, right?  Bear with me.  Bang off at the beginning of the meeting Supervisor George Parker did something I never thought I’d live to see a public official do.  He said that he’d made […]

Prickly issues

July 23, 2009


This bull thistle is an apt symbol for contentious Township meetings.  It’s shaped like a bullhorn, full of ouch, yet beautiful—not unlike democracy in action. (Someone said Democracy is a terrible system but the best one we’ve invented so far.)  As I waded through wet bull thistles taking pictures, I discovered a little drama at the […]

Goin’ for a ride, part 1: Expedition down Torch River to Skegemog

July 10, 2009


Tom Vranich sent me an email. Thom Yocum and summer interns for the Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association (ESLA) were going to paddle the Torch River. Their mission: scout the shore for infestations of invasive phragmites australis and report back. Thom is a biologist and Preserve Steward for the Palmer-Wilcox-Shah Nature Preserve north of Elk Rapids. I […]

Bugs, invading plants, and the trouble with LUST

May 29, 2009


I tell you, there is no end to the misadventures that are possible. We are in the midst of the annual Flight of the Miserable Little Black Helicopters. I do not know what they are, but I’d be glad to have a name to pin to them, so that I could curse them by it. […]