Comments, Facts, and Articles about
Environmental Issues, Ponds and Watergardens, Outdoor Interest


Current Information about the
Fall Cankerworm



You Don't Know Where You Are Going Until You Know Where You Have Been.


What I plan to provide on this web site: or why would anyone want to come here for a visit?

 I am just your average normal person although I belong to a group called The Strange Men’s Group.  I have likes and dislikes, lots of hobbies, and deal with serious stuff too. I believe that if something is of interest to me it is probably of interest to others.  Here is a quick rundown of my interest:  environmental issues, fly fishing and fly tyng, gardening, my family, and photography (not necessarily in that order).  Hope you stay a while.  email

There is Information about watergardens, koi ponds, and my other outdoor interest.
There are many environmental issues which I find interesting, and there are areas where I have a special interest (click on About Us). 
To find  your way on this site go to the blue sidebar to your left or click on Navigating Site., or any other hot link.

An ongoing project on this site is following the progress of the fall cankerworm every year.  I have been doing that since Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte over 20 years ago even though we are about 250 miles from Charleston SC. 

I closely follow the Fall Cankerworm problem in Charlotte. I will post almost daily during the fall and spring cankerworm seasons.  If you wish to see that now, go directly to Cankerworm information 2017. (Updated May 5, 2017) (Edited updated year to current link.)  Winter is here and we are well into the cankerworm season.  This has been a big thing in Charlotte North Carolina.  Many people around the country follow this information.

On this first page (HOME PAGE) we will always start with Today’s Topic.  This will read backwards like a typical Blog. If you want to see what happened several weeks or months ago, just scroll down to the appropriate date. I try to post to this about every two to three weeks.  

Photos at this time are (mostly Koi, waterlilies, and lotus),  Featured Dog (Blackjack)

Ponds and Watergardens
          Japanese Koi
                  The Koi Page is directly under this and there are approximately 12 pages pertaining to Koi and several articles.  These articles are: The Beginners Pond Page, Pondbuilding, Pond Dechlorinating, The use of Potassium Permanganate to treat pond for certain diseases,  and Pond Winterization.  There is also an article about Harvesting Water which applies to both ponds and gardening and landscaping.


Fly Fishing and Fly Tying are my main hobbies, although I have had many different hobbies over the years ... sailboat racing, beekeeping, growing stuff (mostly vegetables), photography and a few that have faded and are no longer significant to me.

I have used the word Hobbies and listed under that Fly Fishing, Photography, and Gardening


The main themes I deal with are water, oil and gas exploration and the health concerns with Fracking.  and Fracking Fluid

The Tar Sands of Alberta and Mountain Top Removal are also subjects of interest to many people. Along the similar issues like the Keystone XL Pipe Line which will go from Alberta Canada to Texas, Gold mining and one close to home in Kershaw South Carolina called the Haile Gold mine.

I am afraid the general public knows little about many of theses subjects  and my goal is to help inform.

There are some excellent informative web sites that go into a lot of detail about these and other important issues.  Go to the highlighted links for more.

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3521 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205
Phone: 704.618-621