Now that the signs of winter are creeping upon us, our fishing ponds and lakes are subject to changing moods. Wool grasses with fluffy seed pods now come as a forefront to the water's edge, suggesting that there are cooler days to come.
This species of Wool Grass (Scripus cyperinus) is actually a Sedge and has many varietal forms which are a challenge to accurately identify by most amateur botanists, including myself. It is such an obvious plant around most ponds and lakes that its name deserves to be mentioned.
In delving into a bit of Nature's literature, I ran across these pertinent words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man.”
Copyright © 2001–2002 William T. Hathaway.