November 30, 2013
The Lake Michigan lakeshore is starting to freeze and there is lots of snow in West Michigan. The whitefish are running but the Grand Heven pier where fishermen like to catch them is treacherous with ice. A fisherman slipped into the water recently and his body washed up on shore north of the pier. There is a railing along the Grand River approaching the pier where it is safer to stand. It is not necessary to venture out so far on the pier. Please be careful.
Read about how ice forms on the Great Lakes in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and many other bookstores such as Powells, Schulers Books and Music and the Bookman in Grand Haven, Mi as well as Hostetters. The local museum also has a few copies.
November 15, 2013
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/news/earth20131113.html#.UoZFuRqbO-M NASA view of Lake Superior in winter.
On Planet Earth, the Great Lakes are absolutely unique.
The decisions we make in our daily lives, and the choices we make in who represents us in our government may affect generations to come. The Great Lakes system is a treasure. Understanding their natural processes and understanding the dynamics of what we do is essential to these life giving waters.
The way to solve pollution problems is to think globally and to act locally.
Picture yourself as an astronaut looking down from a spacecraft at this beautiful planet, the Earth. From space, it is easy to see that everything is connected to everything else. The great masses of swirling clouds travel over the continents, drop rain, and sometimes along with the rain, pollutants. The lakes, rivers and seas are interconnected. In order to control global pollution problems they must be controlled at their source.
In order to act locally, some communities, both adult groups and school age students have adopted a stream. They have observed the places where pollution might be occurring then they have spoken out against pollution in their communities, city councils or other government agencies. Local groups of people are in the best position to observe what is happening to their local stream.
Local citizens can help develop cleanup strategies and local pollution prevention programs. The problem is too important to leave to government officials and industries alone.
Legislation to curb pollution needs to be on a global level as well as on national, state and local levels since everyone is a part of the global whole and flowing air, water and land ecosystems.
The view of planet Earth as seen from a satellite in outer space shows the continents, deep blue oceans and white swirling clouds of vapor. The five Great Lakes show their distinct, interconnected shapes; unique bodies of fresh water.
Of all the planets our satellite cameras and telescopes have probed, only Earth looks inviting or habitable. A famous photograph taken from the moon shows Earth rising against a barren moonscape where nothing lives. In the foreground we see jagged rock, but rising in the distance is Earth with its liquid medium: water. Water and life are inseparable. Where there is life, there is water; where there is water, there is life.
All nations as well as all living things share the water and air supply that is the planetâ€™s life support system; therefore we all share a responsibility for the cleanliness of the air, water, land and its living webs of life. Air and water never stop to show a passport, but circulate freely around the globe. The great swirling airstreams and water systems we can see from a satellite circulate continually.
If we thought of the Earth as an apple, a layer of life- supporting air, soil and water would only be as thick as the appleâ€™s skin. Life on Earth is only possible as long as our limited life support system works.
We are all challenged to use our knowledge, creativity and common sense to keep the Great Lakes great. Can you think of ways to think globally and act locally?
Four nuclear power plants on the Great Lakes rank among the nation’s worst for high level safety violations
November 11, 2013
Click the link above for Jeff Alexander’s Blog.
November 9, 2013
Powell’s Books has all of my books. It is the most complete independent bookstore. A couple of month’s ago I was in Portland, OR and I saw their newly expanded store that takes up a whole block. They are also online and offer free shipping for orders over $50.00.
The Dynamic Great Lakes, The Wilderness Within, Sophia’s Lost and Found, and Between Sweetwater and Sand are also available at Amazon.com, bn.com, Schuler Books and many other venues.
November 6, 2013
Greenstones, Wolves, Moose, Thimbleberries, and the Isle Royale redfin lake trout
On the map, Isle Royale looks like the eye in the wolf’s head shape of Lake Superior with Duluth its snout and the Keweenaw Peninsula its mouth. It is precious since there are few places left on this planet that have been preserved like this. It is unique; some of the oldest rocks on this planet form Isle Royale, its plants and animals and minerals. There are copper mining pits on the Island where native Americans dug rich veins of copper long ago.
When I think of Isle Royale, I think of Eden, a place away from cars and the noise of machinery. There is no traffic on Isle Royale; only hiking trails. The sounds of Isle Royale are of bugling moose, the silvery songs of northern songbirds, the lapping of waves on rocks and the quavering voices of loons. Sometimes there is the slap of a beaver’s tail. The resident pack of wolves are elusive and seldom seen. We did not hear them at all.
My husband and I hiked the trails there and I’ll never forget the thimbleberries higher than our heads along a trail. We picked the large berries like none other I have ever tasted, copper color, tangy and delicious.
We found greenstones, Michigan’s semi precious stone. We stayed on Isle Royale for a week and every day we took a different hiking trail. We watched a diving duck teaching her young to dive. We saw a fox near its den, and had a close encounter with a moose. As we hiked, my husband Norm said, “I smell a moose.” I didn’t believe him, but as we came around the bend, there it was, bigger than life, standing athwart our trail. We kept a respectful distance and it casually strolled off.
We did not fish, but the rocks off of the island are the place where the Isle Royale redfin lake trout spawn as they have for millennia. This is an endemic species and its good to know it is still returning to Isle Royale every year before returning to the depths of Lake Superior.
In my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes, I have a section devoted to this very special fish, the Isle Royale redfin lake trout.
October 17, 2013
Please click the link above for NWF video and information. Enbridge has gotten away with so much. It's time people know the harm they are causing to the environment, our freshwater and our health.
Please click the link above for NWF video and information.
Enbridge has gotten away with so much. It's time people know the harm they are causing to the environment, our freshwater and our health.
Here is another link: http://blog.nwf.org/2013/07/a-rally-for-the-great-lakes-enbridge-straits-of-mackinac-pipelines-post-extreme-risk-to-great-lakes/ click for more information.
October 15, 2013
Do what you can for the Great Lakes. One thing you could do is learn about them by reading my blogs and reading my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes. This easy to read book is avaiable at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble plus many other stores.
Also available on Amazon's Kindle Reader for $9.95
Review: This is an impressive little book.