A Mystery? – No, It’s a Willow Pine Gall

Willow Pine Gall © 2008 Bo Mackison

Can anyone out there identify this? Looks like a small tree or bush, about 2 feet high, and I found it growing in the Ridges Sanctuary in Northeastern Wisconsin’s Door County.


Door County Wildflowers

Watercress © 2008 Bo Mackison

Watercress (nasturtium officinale) is an aquatic plant, this one found near the shores of Lake Michigan. It is edible – the leaves are high in Vitamins A and C and iron, and was a popular plant with the early settlers of North America as it was a successful treatment [...]

Warehouse Graffiti

Anderson Warehouse Graffiti © 2008 Bo Mackison

When I was in Door County, Wisconsin last weekend, I stopped in the village of Ephraim and visited one of the more famous buildings on the peninsula. (The county is the northeastern bit of Wisconsin that sticks out into Lake Michigan like a thumb.) The building is [...]

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush © 2008 Bo Mackison

I found large patches of Indian Paintbrush on the grassy fringes of the shores of Lake Michigan in northern Wisconsin last weekend. It grows throughout the temperate zones of North America from May through July, especially in the prairies or meadows and in sandy areas.

Native Americans from [...]

Car for True Collectors

Collectible Car Hood © 2008 Bo Mackison

I saw this beaded car in a parking lot hemmed in on all sides, but I took lots of photos anyway. Have you ever seen quite such a vehicle? Do you think the car’s name is Claire?

Collectible Car’s Door © 2008 Bo Mackison

Here’s the [...]

Happy Birthday to My Daughter

Apple Orchard Sunrise © 2008 Bo Mackison

I haven’t been a woman in this state of affairs for a long time. For the last 7,469,280 minutes of my life I have been a mother of one or more teenagers. But today the streak ends. My younger daughter, the baby of the crew, turns 20 [...]