Monthly Archives: June 2010

Small World

The calm before all the reporting of the Block Party etc. I got a photo by email from a friend in Woods Hole of the Striper he caught before he went back to work. 32 lbs, 4 oz. A monster. When I got the email I went over to Maritime Traffic to see where his ship currently was. Since I have the New York Tug boat “Lincoln Sea” in “my ships” I could quickly see that he was coming out of Portland heading south. His northward trip turned at Thacher Island only two miles out so I emailed back to take a photo of the twin lights as he went by heading south. He’s now anchored off the Statue of Liberty but he sent me this:

Not the usual shot of the lights this time with the north light on the right. We were kayaking this morning off Straitsmouth for another view of Thacher but I couldn’t chance pulling the camera out.

Don’t Overlook Me! I’m Pineapple Weed!

Pineapple Weed

Pineapple Weed Photo

You’ve probably walked over hardy pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea) often enough if you’ve walked at the boulevard, and never noticed it. An annual herb, this miniature plant with fern-like leaves thrives with full sun in roadside gravel or the disturbed, compacted earth along sidewalks.

When crushed the leaf or flower emits a scent of pineapple or chamomile, it’s cousin, though it’s funny green head lacks the pretty petals of chamomile.

It’s uses include:

  • When bruised, it can be rubbed on skin to repel insects.
  • Edible in salads, though it becomes somewhat bitter after blooming.
  • Herbal tea, similar to chamomile, serves as a gastrointestinal aid for stomach upsets, gas, vermifuge, and irregularity.
  • Seeds used as a salve for infected sores.
  • Decoction for fever.
  • Used to treat children’s colds and colic.
  • Medicinally for postpartum anemia and to promote lactation.
  • Can be used for muscle spasm and as a sleep aid.

Some caution is advisable as some individuals are allergic to this plant.

Native to northwestern North American but found in northeastern America, northeast Asia, and Europe. A ruderal species.

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