Notes from the Island
It is hard for us to believe, but Holly and I have lived on
Sycamore Island for eight and a half years now. We have enjoyed
working with the many wonderful members of the Club and we have
appreciated your hard work and dedication. In particular, we are
grateful for the tremendous personal support we have received.
However, we both feel it is time that we move on and do
something else with our lives. Therefore, we will be leaving the Club
on December 1st. I already know of at least two qualified candidates
interested in the job, so I don't think there will be a problem filling
Of course, now that we've decided to go, the rain has
stopped, the sun is shining, the river level is low, and the water is
cool. Except for a slight current, the swimming is perfect.
The fishing, on the other hand, has been pretty dismal.
The summer wildflowers are back in profusion. Box Elder
Island off the lower tip of Sycamore has a beautiful stand of swamp
mallows, ageratum and a fragrant white flower that reminds me of
Sycamore Island has plenty of white snakeroot, smartweed, and
several varieties of wild sunflower with yellow daisy-like flowers.
Near the swim float you can find blue Virginia dayflower, purple
ironweed, and garden phlox. Also, the stinging nettle is in full bloom.
Admire it from a distance.
In the past I've noticed that the Island is covered with pale
jewelweed which has a yellow flower, but that spotted jewelweed, with
an orange flower, is more prevalent on the canal. However, the
January flood must have deposited a lot of new seeds, because the
Island now has a good mixture of the two.
If you look carefully around the Island or on neighboring
islands you can see red cardinal flowers, horse nettle, jimsonweed,
morning glories, and button bushes. The black walnuts are starting to
fall out of the trees and litter the lawn. And the pawpaws and
persimmons are getting ripe.
Last night I was sitting on the swim float admiring the stars
when a beaver swam by. It looks as if they may be getting more
active. There are still lots of green herons and great blue herons
around. I see an occasional kingfisher or cormorant fishing in the
slough. And this morning I saw a goldfinch feeding on a wild
September is usually a beautiful month on the Island, but it
can get crowded on the weekends. Hope to see you soon.
-- Peter Jones, Sycamore Island Caretaker