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Fairy Rings and other things

206283_531982796828103_661345506_nBy Roger Williams, SWT Outdoors

A recent drive through nearby neighborhoods exposed a lot of “fairy rings” growing on the lawns. These fairy mushrooms grow in an arc or circle in a definite pattern.

The old-timers say these circles are used by elves and fairies as they play at night.  The fairies must like to play in the rain. Actually the wet ground and grass clippings provide an excellent bed from which these fungal growths sprout.

I visited some farms recently and, from the look of the hay fields, some farmers may consider planting rice, instead of Alfalfa. Some of the fields would make logical “paddies’. A Rice crop would thrive in this weather. Perhaps a “Cranberry Bog” would be another option.

When there is an 11 inch above average rainfall total for the year, runoff becomes a serious problem. The ground is saturated and cannot absorb heavy rain so it must flow to the low-lying areas and drain into our streams causing them to overflow their banks.

The lake is full of debris carried into it by the high waters. A close eye when running your boat down the lake is required because of floating and nearly submerged logs in the waterway.

I was recently forced to cast my bait to the shoreline by dropping it between floating bottles and clumps of brush in the cove where I stopped to ‘wet a line.’ My accuracy in casting has improved because these small holes available on the lake’s surface allow no margin of error.

Have fun on your excursions and join us here again next week.

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