July22013
10PM

Mushrooms!

10PM

Fun day doing weevil surveys in southeast Michigan. We came across this rad fairy circle.  

September82012
The little mushroom looks pretty pissed.

The little mushroom looks pretty pissed.

8AM
Collared earthstar. These make me so happy.

Collared earthstar. These make me so happy.

September72012
Rainbow shelf fungus.

Rainbow shelf fungus.

5PM
Pretty, dainty mushroom.

Pretty, dainty mushroom.

August232012

Pretty mushrooms bursting through the sand.

6PM

As I was walking to our field site in Kalamazoo, I was thinking about how bummed I was that I hadn’t seen a walking stick this summer.  By pure luck, on my second set of net sweeps, I caught this little man!  I was so excited.  He looks like he’s stretching in the second picture.  So cute.  

August142012

Land Ethic

The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.

This sounds simple: do we not already sing our love for and obligation to the land of the free and the home of the brave? Yes, but just what and whom do we love? Certainly not the soil, which we are sending helter-skelter downriver. Certainly not the waters, which we assume have no function except to turn turbines, float barges, and carry off sewage. Certainly not the plants, of which we exterminate whole communities without batting an eye. Certainly not the animals, of which we have already extirpated many of the largest and most beautiful species. A land ethic of course cannot prevent the alteration, management, and use of these ‘resources,’ but it does affirm their right to continued existence, and, at least in spots, their continued existence in a natural state.

Leopold, Aldo: A Sand County Almanac, and Sketches Here and There, 1948, Oxford University Press, New York, 1987, pg. 204.

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