Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wild Plum is at peak Bloom Now.

Wild Plum, Prunus americana I took this picture this morning near the barn.

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Kingfisher Sex

Violet Wood Sorrel, Oxalis violacea The Belted Kingfishers have been unusually noisy recently. I’ve been hearing their rattling call more than normal the last few weeks. Perhaps it is because it is mating season? Today as Lorna and I were … Continue reading

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Most Fragrant Native Shrub

Golden currant, Ribes aureum The fragrance of Golden Current is delicious. I don’t know how to describe it. If only there was some way to transmit it digitally over the internet. But I can say it is very strong. If … Continue reading

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Worst Dogwood Display Ever

It looks like 2013 will be the worst display Flowering Dogwood since we moved here 43-years ago. Fire and drought are the key reasons for this loss. We routinely burn the entire property as part of our land management. A … Continue reading

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Landscapes Over Time

Along the trails at the PGT there are occasional ┬ámetal markers in the ground like you see here. These permanent markers designate spots where I set up my camera each spring to shoot the exact same picture again-and-again, year-after-year. I’ve … Continue reading

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Morel Season

Found my first Morel today. I’m notoriously bad at finding them. I can miss them when they are right at my feet; so I suspect they’ve been around for a couple weeks. This particular morel was in the Ash Woods … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events at the PGT

Wildflower Walk on June 1st starting at 9 AM Led by George and Kay Yatskievych Butterfly Walk on July 20th starting at 10 AM Led by Donna Brunet The events are free and open to the public. Please join us! … Continue reading

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PGT Bird Walk Highlight

  The highlight of the bird walk this morning was the Yellow-throated Warbler. Everyone got to see the bird up close up as it worked around the branches in an oak tree. Despite the drizzly cool weather about 18 people … Continue reading

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Wild Turkey

As I was preparing lunch I heard a loud gobble sound. It was so loud that I thought Lorna was playing a practical joke on me, but I went to the window an looked out on this male Wild Turkey … Continue reading

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Wild Banana Bloom

Pawpaw, Asimina triloba Today at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis I photographed this wild banana tree; the Pawpaw. It is a native tree here and it occurs in the wild at the PGT. We should see it start … Continue reading

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