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Lighthouse Botany and Thunderstorms

Lighthouse Botany and Thunderstorms

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Day 262

For the second morning in a row, I was awakened by a glorious thunderstorm, although neither was as spectacularly dramatic as the one two weeks ago. I treasure them nonetheless, and this morning’s came with a crack and explosion that cause even me to jump, despite the fact that I was waiting for it.

The first five hours of this day have been cloaked in a palpable fog, rendering even some of the front yard rocks beyond my view. A visible mist wafts off the sea, over the lawn, and sneaks between the Tower and front porch. I am quite sure my herbs, vegetables and flowers welcome it like a fertile blanket.

Here’s another shot, just after yesterday’s dawn boomers, over Canada’s Grand Manan Island

Yesterday, noted naturalist and botanist Marilee Lovit came to visit the island. Marilee, who lives in Addison Maine, not too far from here, was one of the contributors to a wonderful book, “The Plants Of Acadia National Park”, cataloguing and taking beautiful photos of over 400 plant species… http://www.amazon.com/The-Plants-Acadia-National-Park/dp/089101120X
I hope to get a copy for the Island as many of the same plants are here and it would be a helpful guide.

Marilee was here looking for a certain type of plant that grows in the slivers of fragmented rocks amongst the tidal pools. Its common name is “Blinks”, (Montia fontana), and was first and last recorded on this Island in 1902. Due to its rarity, the State Of Maine is now “tracking” it. You can learn more about it here… http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mnap/features/monfon.htm
Alas, she did not find it, but we were able to identify over 30 plant species out here that I photographed and wrote some descriptions down. With her help, I will put together a binder that guests and student groups can use when visiting the Island, navigating the rocks, walking the bogs, and hiking her trails. I think she’s now our Resident and Official Botanist. Thanks so much Marilee!(I will post some pics of her when I can upload them out of my camera…)

I did get these of some of the plants we ID’d, which I have to go back and figure out exactly what they are, then I’ll share that with you. In the meantime, they’re just strikingly beautiful…


I’m very busy continuing to ready the grounds, Tower, Keeper’s House and the like for our guest season, which begins on the 30th. Will have the upstairs Keeper’s Room finished (scraped, plastered, painted and cleaned) by tomorrow at the latest, and then what will remain is mostly continuing a methodical top to bottom cleaning throughout the week. It’s actually an exciting process and this Island will look great.

I’m having issues with my laptop again, causing me some challenges with picture transfer in particular. Made some progress last night but I think it was a stop-gap measure. Will continue my efforts. Thanks for understanding.

The Foghorn sounds, and is needed today, and the Light Shines. Good Enuf.

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6 Responses to “Lighthouse Botany and Thunderstorms”

  1. Mary-Adair Macaire says:

    Liked your description of the fog. ‘Thought I’d share one of the best literary description of fog from Eliot’s, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”:

    “The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes, 15
    The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes
    Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
    Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
    Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
    Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, 20
    And seeing that it was a soft October night,
    Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.”

  2. Carole says:

    Mary-Adair you have bought back some memories of what I read in High School.

  3. Carole says:

    My Little River Magnet arrived in the mail yesterday. I decided the best place to put it would be in the small back door window on the drivers side.

    On Monday 6/25 I will be attending a cocktail hour and then a light dinner in Portland for groups who do volunteer work around the USA. We locals have been encouraged to bring information about various groups we are active or interested in. Of course I will have my Little River Fliers with me to hand out. I always keep a few with me in case I meet someone who might be interested.

    • bill says:

      thanks carole. we greatly appreciate your outreach help. hope you have a wonderful event. look forward to hearing about it.

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