Sep 01-06

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Photo by Keith Meyers

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 06:52 am:

This shot from Keith Meyers is one of those pictures that could be just about anywhere here UP North. There are so many inland lakes, ponds and such all across the Upper Peninsula that I won't even venture to guess which one these beautiful blooms and lily pads are gracing so prettily. In fact, I'm even wondering what the tall purple sprouts could be. Do we have any amateur botanists in the crowd to help us figure out what this is?

By Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 06:57 am:

Those purple flowers are so pretty - I'd like to know what they are, too.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 07:07 am:


By Eddyfitz (Eddyfitz) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 07:14 am:

There are 4 huge American Lotus patches here in the Monroe county area on Lake Erie. They even hold a weekend outing to view them and it was held just on August 12 at the LAKE ERIE METROPARK. I have jpeg pics if anyone is interested.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 07:39 am:

pulchritudinous: beauteous

By tom ghering (Tomgheringtcmi) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 07:59 am:

Looks like purple loosestrife

By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 08:07 am:

I think it's pickerel weed. Pontederia cordada

By Jeff Kalember (Jeffkal) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 08:10 am:

If they WERE purple loosestrife we'd have to scream and run !! ITs a nasty exotic species which takes over wetlands and drives out native species, making it lose its ecodiversity. These are not loosestrife though ...

By Sdcferndale (Sdcferndale) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 08:35 am:

Today would have been my grandfather's 109th birthday (I think!)....John Seppala of Dollar Bay. Hard to believe. In my minds eye, I can still see him in his garage creating cool things...

By Mel, Kansas (Mehollop) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 08:56 am:

I would have to agree that it's pickerel weed. The leaf/basic plant structure isn't right for loosestrife. Thank goodness!

Nice to see water with plants rather than cattle growing in it.


By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 09:17 am:

Nice scene. Sue,it seems like yesterday that I'd see your Grandpa around town.

By Sdcferndale (Sdcferndale) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 10:23 am:

Fran in GA:
I know it sure does seem like yesterday for sure and going to the post office with my dad and seeing your father. Those are great memories of good ole Dollar Bay.

By Jacobsville (Barb) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 10:29 am:

I googled pickerel weed and found this ...

I vote for pickerel weed!

BTW, beautiful picture!

By lonesome yooper in NM (Jonasgirl) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 10:46 am:

If you wanna see loosestrife, there's some on the canal at the boat ramp by white city. Run screaming indeed!! Aaaaauuughhhh!
maybe it's pickerel weed instead... i hope!

By Pete Wilberding (Peshtigopete) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 10:49 am:

We have lots of loosetrife here in NE Wisconsin but while it does like wet locations I've never seen it growing in permanent standing water such as this.

By k j (Kathiscc) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 07:06 pm:

It looks like pickerel weed to me- check this picture out.

The leaves and everything look right.

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 08:44 pm:

I had no idea pickerel weed would grow so far north.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 08:59 pm:

The D.C. database from the above site indicates it's mostly in the eastern half (some in far west), but it occurs mostly in Michigan in the Keeweenaw on the southern end of the penninsula. It doesn't show it growing towards the tip out in Superior. Kinda funny because you would expect it to want to be surrounded by water because of its species. I love the color.

By Pennie (Trolldiva) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 09:06 pm:

Picture sure is pretty today, I love purple. Just out of curiosity, who is Mr. Wheatman? I see it's another lively day here at

By Woody (Woody) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 11:02 pm:

Pennie, Mr Wheatman posts on this site. search for more from the search feature here

I Wish someone would compare MY writing to his.

By Mr. Wheatman, South end on Tuesday, April 15, 2003 - 01:37 pm:

Kudos on the fine shot indeed. As the snow levels commence to wane, it inaugurates an augment to the spirit. A brief retreat from the advancement of spring later in the week will not quell the festive disposition at this juncture. Keep the smiles on and the doldrums contained.

By Mr. Wheatman, South end on Monday, March 29, 2004 - 12:29 pm:

Ahh Redridge, an alfresco utopia for sportsman and natatory game alike. Many an angler has endeavored to transcend the acumen of the evanescent steelhead in the torrential currents of spring. An area of tranquil beauty and natural wonder indeed. Kudos on the fine shots.


By Mr. Wheatman, South end on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 03:36 pm:

Depurate -
To cleanse or purify or become cleansed or purified.

Ceratinly what we attain from a good sauna!


By anna swiniuchowski (Abswini) on Friday, September 1, 2006 - 11:09 pm:

how 'bout those pickerel weeds anyway!!! sure are pretty!!!!

By Thomas Bisard (Mrbiz) on Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 07:52 am:

Just a couple of quick notes before we start the new day (and Labor Day weekend!)

This is perhaps a tad picky but hey, I was almost an English teacher and I still like to work on my spelling. That county on the top part of that peninsula that juts out into the Big Lake is spelled a bit funnier than it's pronounced: Keweenaw. 1 e, then 2.

The other thing: Once you've identified purple loosetrife (it's flowers are really quite pink in color) don't run from it. Pick/cut/(and hardest of all, but best) dig it up! Every little bit helps to control this pernicious weed.

Have a GRRREAT weekend, all!

-Biz in Kalkaska

By Woody (Woody) on Saturday, September 2, 2006 - 11:54 am:

Google Search
Thomas ,that must be why it gets spelled wrong from time to time.

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