There’s a new sheriff in town at Lake Charles, the little man-made lake we built on our property. His name is John the Baptist. His commanding officer is Mother Nature. There is no argument. No discussion. Things are done their way.
Let me backtrack. Those of you who have been reading a while know about Lake Charles. It’s a completely man-made pond and waterfall built in a swale on our property by John the Baptist and Felix and his crew. When it was completed, it was like a new water hole on the Serengheti. Animals that we’d never seen before suddenly showed up and took over. Now it’s like the village square for Sonoma wildlife. Any critter who’s anyone shows up and hangs out.
But recently, non-natives had been introduced and were threatening to take over. So we put John and his crew on the case. Call it Shock and Awe against non-natives. The first to fall was the dreaded Water Hyacinth. Then the hillside was cleared of weeds, chamise and mesquite (which are native but crowd everyone else out.) Next thing you know, the hillside was ablaze with Sticky Monkey Flower, Lupines and other native wildflowers. Now John and Company are determined to make Lake Charles a clean well-lighted place for Sonoma Natives.
The first step, after eradication of the Water Hyacinth, was a new and stronger pump and filtration system.
Then John designed an Arroyo Seco — or dry river bed and rock slide feature.
Next, selected natives from around the property were carefully transported and replanted at Lake Charles.
Speaking of volunteers, the local insects and animals are rushing to join the Lake Charles Club.
Then there were suddenly dozens of these guys hanging all over the reeds.
There is still some clean up and “ethnic cleansing” to be done. Some non-Natives and some Natives that don’t play nicely are slated for eradication. Here’s one Dead Plant Walking:
Sorry, there’s a Zero Tolerance and No Mercy policy for non-Natives.
Get after ’em, Louis. Beautiful work. Absolutely lovely.