Thanks for your comments, encouraging words, questions, and your faithfulness as readers. It’s always great to connect with even just one or two readers. I have completed 12 postings now. I wasn’t sure I would continue to write to this blog when I started, but the fun–and the discipline–of doing it soon convinced me it’s a good thing to do. I continue to post every two weeks or so. Here are just a few bits that have drifted in from past postings:
FLOTSAM: I spent five beautiful days out at the ocean at LaPush with five equally beautiful women friends in mid-September. None of us noticed any debris yet from the Japanese tsunami on our walks on the beaches at that time. Scientists estimate that there are some 1.5 million tons of debris from the tsunami floating in the Pacific Ocean, some of which will wash ashore on the Pacific Northwest coast.
CEREUS BLOSSOMS: I wrote that I didn’t anticipate any more blossoms on the night-blooming cereus plant after it exploded with its record blossoming that one night this summer. However, since then, it’s had at least two more blossomings, with 3-4 blooms each time. Then, two weeks ago, it gave me one more flower, pictured here, a sweet closing to its
season. Notice the Potter’s fingers at the top holding the bloom–it gives you an idea of its size. I think it must have thrived with our summer heat. Maybe thought it had been transplanted back to the desert?
A reader reminded me about moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) which also blossom only at night. I first saw these blooming in the Midwest and brought home some seeds for my Northwest garden. They grew and bloomed the first year, but then died. Although they have a lovely fragrance
like the cereus, the plant is a vine instead of a cactus and the blossom is smaller. By blooming at night, they can be pollinated by moths.
ELWHA DAM DEMOLITION: The NOAA Fisheries Service reported that they have started seeing untagged fish (fish they did not “plant”) in the river recently, much earlier than they had expected. Scientists had been concerned about the tremendous amount of sediment washing into the bay from the two dams, but that murky sediment continues to dissipate in the strong currents of the bay. A good site to check for more information is www.nmfs.noaa.gov
However, I believe the most significant recovery from those two dam removals has been the uncovering of the Lower Elwha Klallam creation site–a large rock with two deep depressions. The site was sacred to the tribe, the place where the Creator bathed and blessed the Klallam people. It’s difficult for me to imagine the grief those people felt in the loss of this site as the dams were built and the area flooded. Under water for 99 years, the creation site has at last been reclaimed by the tribe.