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” JUST LOOK AT ALL THOSE FALLEN TREES LITTERING THESE BEAUTIFUL WOODS!”

Posted: December 11, 2015 8:05 am

            That’s what a few people in a group of senior citizens said as I guided them on a Presque Isle trail walk last spring.  Three people thought it was shocking that no one from the park’s maintenance staff was not out in the woods along the trails to remove the stumps and fallen trees… View Article


THE SEEDS OF AUTUMN

Posted: October 30, 2014 10:28 am

On Presque Isle as anywhere in the natural world, when autumn and winter approach, the dying and dead old-field weeds and plants are broken by wind and bent down by rain. The ground soon becomes littered with weeds, stalks, leaves and mostly unseen, the carcasses of many, many insects. This ground, whether in open fields… View Article


GOLDENROD – – Pretty Flower or Evil Invader

Posted: August 12, 2014 10:47 am

  I was leading a senior walk on Presque Isle last week and noticed a few goldenrod plants pushing their bright yellow blossoms out into the morning light.  I guess with the cooler weather and it now being August, I should have expected that a few of this both loved and hated plant would begin… View Article



ORNAMENTALS GONE WILD – – Invasive Oriental Bittersweet on Presque Isle

Posted: November 20, 2012 7:49 am

           It all started quite innocently when greenhouses imported this vine for the value of showy red arils that serve as covers for its seeds.  This was back in 1860.  Even today, they are still popular for use in flower arrangements and wreaths…  While the vines and their little red berry-like arils… View Article


AUTUMN LEAVES – – By guest blogger Robert Harris

Posted: September 14, 2012 6:39 am

                      Todays blog is by Robert Harris.  Bob is our resident expert on plants on the park.  He knows more about what grows on Presque Isle than anyone I have ever met.   Walking with Bob is an adventure as he dashes in and out of the woods all along where you walk.  I hope you… View Article


A QUIET FRIDAY WALK ON THE PARK – – Part # 2

Posted: August 28, 2012 7:07 am

              As I continue my walk by turning right onto the Ridge Trail, I glance back down Marsh Trail and notice the sky seems to be bluer, and the grasses and trees greener in the clear and almost sparkling early afternoon light.  Unfortunately, I know what this portrays. Over time, working with a camera… View Article


MUSKRATS, BULLFROGS AND DRAGONFLIES in the midafternoon sun – –

Posted: July 31, 2012 7:16 am

                  Sunshine is the artist of the on this bright silver-blue afternoon as I finish my photography session on the new Feather.  It is 3:30, so the sun is casting unique shadows due to its angle to the earth. The air is hot and yet clear.  These are the factors that are important to… View Article


MORNING ON THE PATIO – – using native plants

Posted: July 12, 2012 4:55 pm

              Today there will be no trip to Presque Isle.  Later this morning I am joining a group going to Pittsburgh for a dinner tonight where former Governor Tom Ridge will receive the Lifetime Achievement Environmental Award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council for his never- ending work to protect Presque Isle, his establishment of… View Article


CATTAIL – -A common, useful and sometimes invasive Presque Isle plant

Posted: July 2, 2012 9:37 pm

       The lowly cattail is well-known to everyone, nature lover or not. They are one of the most common and easily identified of our water-loving plants. Sunny, marshy places dominated by these sword-like plants are a familiar sight all across America. Most of us easily recognize the long green leaves and hot-dog shaped brown… View Article


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