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Scenes from northern Wisconsin, summer 2015
More annual lakeside fun in the Northwoods
You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
Purple loosestrife, nasty noxious weed
Cousin Rob with a generous handful of the 'orrible pest the Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), scourge of lakes and wetlands everywhere.
I'd tear my back out pulling on roots like that but Rob's made of sterner stuff.
Rob is diving for a loosestrife that hasn't flowered yet, whilst I'm waving at the camera one that has flowered.
We're about 3km south of home, alongside a little island leading into the southern bay.
Kristin's as good as Rob at hauling out those monster root systems.
Kristin awaiting our last investigations, with Berber and a friend along for the ride
-- Eh, who's that?
A mid-lake hitchhiker
Sending a text message
An adult eagle just outside the bedroom window, on the qui vive
Experiencing a moment of doubt . . .
. . . but overcoming it.
Kristin's cottage at night
Rob and Elke moving watercraft back over to the other house
The lake shore on a calm day
Cousin Rob and Brother Eric confabulating at the Sandy Beach
An important call
A passing paddleboarderess with passenger
Purple loosestrife patrol
A tiny ketch is on the lake this summer.
Trading helpful hints. The gentleman built this thing himself.
There's not much wind here between the island and the lakeshore . . .
. . . but things are looking up now.
The eagle on his favorite branch on the centre island, Adjidaumo (named for Hiawatha's talking squirrel friend)
A high-speed ketch
We're up on the Adjidaumo island to find the eagles' nest, 4 September
It's the size of a Volkswagen.
At the top of the island, the remains of a cabin built here in the early 1890s directly across from the Yawkey sawmill near Point o' Pines and the public landing -- abandoned not many years later when the timber ran out and the sawmill was dismantled and moved to treeier grounds.
The eagles' nest from another angle
Back to the hydrobikes
Inspecting the tag alders -- grown up when the lake level was lower for several years, possibly doomed now if it stays at its present level
We're going back on loosestrife patrol.
Purple loosestrife, 6 September
Some of the more expensive properties near the public landing . . .
. . . but they've still got to be checked for the purple loosestrife.
Back at the northern end of the lake, the Loon Rescue Mission is on call again (6 September).
A loon has been seen tangled up in fishing lines, and the wildlife authorities have been summoned.
We'll tag along after the loon until the wildlife team arrives.
Wildlife volunteers have consulted the loon and they've been assured that it's escaped the fishing line and would like to forget the whole incident.
We're back to search out the huge snapping turtle. Which may have gone south for the winter.
An important call
Another important call. This one, perhaps, humorous, but still important.
Stopping off for a swim on a very hot day at the Adjidaumo island
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, .
All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 16 October 2015.