That was the question of the day today, as my fishing buddy Diane and I attempted to fish in high winds and muddy waters.
Remember, we really are die-hard fishermen.
And even though we remembered the ice for our seat cooler, which held our sustenance for this trip, both captain and deckhand forgot the ice chest to hold our catch.
So we narrowed our options to catching and releasing OR catching, tagging, and releasing.
Did we do either of those things, ya think? I mean, the nuisance gator didn’t show up to get his snack for the morning. Even he was smart enough to know the fish just weren’t going to show.
With my favorite plastic bait flung to the far reaches of the marsh never to return because it came right off my line, I resigned myself to sit under the umbrella and sulk.
Not for long, because I decided to quiz my guest on her wetland botany skills. By her own admission, she was a not in the Honors Wetland Botany class, so I had mercy on her and taught her the little bit I could.
And even I was surprised, once I quit watching for signs of the tell-tale redfish “V”, all the plants that surrounded my honey hole.
Do you know these plants?
Let’s start with “A”. A is for Alligator Weed. Do you know why it is called that? I don’t!
Then there is the Yellow Water Lily . . . having pads under which reds and bass love to hide and they attack their prey.
And what water’s edge would be complete without the unimposing common Water Plaintain?
And of course there is an over-abundance of this non-native, invasive called Chinese Tallow–locally called “money tree”. Do you know why? I don’t!
And we can’t have a serene water scene without a willow of some sort, can we?
Would you happen to know what kind this is? If so, post a link so I can see!
And then there’s this simple yet elegant example of native and non-native sharing the same space, thriving, yet competing in their own passive water ballet of symbiosis. And this is the photo that is going to win someone a nice, bright red T-shirt from Community Coffee. If you know what the purple flower is, take your best shot. Each correct guess will be entered in a random drawing this weekend. Oh, and if you’re a regular reader, it shouldn’t be too hard (that was a MAJOR hint!).
And my favorite visitor of the day, though Diane will tell you hers was a prettier blue, this red dragon fly. Do you know what this insect is called locally? I do!
BW is off to a marsh grass planting at TE-44 and should be posting a comprehensive report of three such plantings, complete with photos and lots of mud!
Until then, tell your friends who love red T-shirts to come see me, and
keep those guesses coming!