Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Isle Royale in Lake Superior

Greenstones,  Wolves, Moose, Thimbleberries, and the Isle Royale redfin lake trout

On the map, Isle Royale looks like the eye in the wolf’s head shape of Lake Superior with Duluth its snout and the Keweenaw Peninsula its mouth.  It is precious since there are few places left on this planet that have been preserved like this.  It is unique; some of the oldest rocks on this planet form Isle Royale, its plants and animals  and minerals.  There are copper mining pits on the Island where native Americans dug rich veins of copper long ago.

     When I think of Isle Royale, I think of Eden, a place away from cars and the noise of machinery. There is no traffic on Isle Royale; only hiking trails.   The sounds of Isle Royale are of bugling moose, the silvery songs of northern songbirds, the lapping of waves on rocks and the quavering voices of loons.  Sometimes there is the slap of a beaver’s tail.  The resident pack of wolves are elusive and seldom seen.  We did not hear them at all.

     My husband and I hiked the trails there and I’ll never forget the thimbleberries  higher than our heads along a trail.  We picked the large berries like none other I have ever tasted, copper color, tangy and delicious.

          We found greenstones, Michigan’s semi precious stone.  We stayed on Isle Royale for a week and every day we took a different hiking trail.  We watched a diving duck teaching her young to dive.  We saw a fox near its den, and had a close encounter with a moose.   As we hiked, my husband Norm said, “I smell a moose.”  I didn’t believe him, but as we came around the bend, there it was, bigger than life, standing athwart our trail.  We kept a respectful distance and it casually strolled off.

          We did not fish, but the rocks off of the island are the place where the Isle Royale redfin lake trout spawn as they have for millennia.  This is an endemic species and it’s good to know it is still returning to Isle Royale every year before returning to the depths of Lake Superior.

          In my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes, I have a section devoted to this very special fish, the Isle Royale redfin lake trout.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Book about the Great Lakes available on Kindle.

The Dynamic Great Lakes by Barbara Spring is available on Kindle readers. There are a few copies of the paperback on

Friday, May 25, 2018

Fun on the Great Lakes

Click the link:   it leads to my facebook blog about the wonderful Great Lakes. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The shores of the Great Lakes are wonderful for children as well as adults.  My watercolor shows a little girl running on the singing sands of Lake Michigan.  The Dynamic Great Lakes is available on the Kindle reader.  There are still a few copies of the book in paperback at

Flower Pot Island in Lake Huron.

The Dynamic Great Lakes is about the beautiful freshwater seas.
Sailing at sunset.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Poetry: Sophia's Lost and Found & The Wilderness Within by Barbara Spring

Poetry by Barbara Spring  click the link  to hear a reading from these books.

This reading is about 15 minutes long.  I am reading poems about water and the creatures that live in the Great Lakes and the Oceans.  These poems are from my books: 
 The Wilderness Within.

Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pinook a hybrid in the Upper Great Lakes

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The Pinook is a hybrid crossing of pink salmon with female Chinook salmon on the St. Mary's River in the Great Lakes system.  The Pinook does not die after spawning.

Pink Salmon you may ask?  

Pink salmon, a relative of the lake trout, are from the saltwater
Pacific Ocean. Some of these fish were accidentally washed down
the drain at an experiment station on Lake Superior in 1955 and to
everyone’s surprise, the fish returned to the drain two years later to
spawn. They established themselves in the cold freshwater of Lake
Superior then reached Lake Michigan and Lake Huron via the St.
Mary’s River, which is a freeway for fish. Pink salmon weigh from
three to five pounds at maturity and sometimes reach ten pounds.
The adult male develops a large hump on his back and a hooked jaw.

Read more about Great Lakes fish in my book: The Dynamic Great Lakes available on the Kindle reader.