Sorry about the crummy photo, but it is the enemy after all. This is one of the (many) willows I have growing in the lake. Obviously, the water has receded some, but when the lake is full, this willow rises without apology from the water.
As you can see, the root mass of this thing is creating, effectively, a new island in the water. I’m not sure what to think of that. I suppose it’s good for the aquatic critters to have a place to hide. And maybe in time something like solid ground will appear here and give a goose a place to have a nest. Or, if the ground freezes nicely in the winter, I’ll get out there with some sharp instruments and make an effort at removing it.
I have attacked a couple of these along the shore, and though I’m assured the damned things will just grow back, they haven’t. I don’t know if they’re just waiting for me to feel confident or if I somehow managed to eradicate them. Time will tell.
- Tiger salamanders move to ponds in the rain.
- Hickory nuts ripen and begin to fall.