Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Hairy Willow Herb

Epilobium hirsutum
Where has this little plant been all my life? Probably right under my nose, where I finally noticed it the other morning, by the side of my favorite secret creek....

Friday, August 31, 2018

Past Her Prime?

I've been thinking about how we usually photograph flowers only in their brief moments of perfection and pass them by with our cameras when the petals lose their freshness. And yet, the flower's seedtime is its fullness, isn't it?

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The photo I didn't know I took

I've shot this view many times. Many Leelanau County painters have painted it. Only when I was reviewing photos on my camera did I see what I had missed when looking through the viewfinder. Resolution stinks, but I was excited to see this little fellow crossing the road right where my dog and I had walked moments before.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Old Photos of the Old Wall

A few years back when Bruce Viger (Garage Bar & Grill) and his then-nextdoor neighbor, Phil Kellogg, were rehabbing the north wall of Phil's building, facing Bruce's restaurant, these old circus posters appeared. Fortunately, I was on hand with my camera before the old posters were scraped off and the new wall covering put up.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Identify, Please

P.S. 8/22/2018 - I called Northport’s resident mushroom expert, Ed Reinert, about the fungus, and he asked if I could e-mail him photographs, which I did. Here is his answer to my question:

“Beautiful photos — better than some of the books. The name is Climacodon septentrionale. It is most often found high up on Sugar Maples. It is not a typical shelf mushroom, most of which are in the order Polypore. This is in the Tooth Mushroom order. The common name is just a translation of the scientific name, Northern Tooth.  
“You can google it. I am having a hard time fining anyone who has eaten it. I have seen it a couple of times and have a vague memory that it is sour  and gooey, not attractive eating, but no reason to think it poisonous. It causes heart rot on live Maples or sometimes Beeches.”   

So there we are. I trust Ed’s knowledge, and photos online of Climacodon septentrionale look like what I saw — and what you see above. Now to get word to the people whose trees line that road, as they probably don’t want their maple tree’s heart to rot.