Monthly Archives: September 2015

Smooth Sumac

Fall is changing the PGT landscape from green to golden-brown. We are just starting to see patches of red and orange. Sumacs are always great for saturated reds. They are just starting to turn this week. This one is called … Continue reading

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Early Fall Color

I’m starting to see hints of Fall color in the woods at the Prairie Garden Trust now. I photographed these dogwood leaves in the South Forty woods this morning. In two or three weeks the colors should be peak. It … Continue reading

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Favorite Places

One of my favorite places at the PGT is “The Point”. It is a rocky outcrop that overlooks the Hiller’s Creek Valley. This morning I got this photo of a huge rock at The Point that looks like it could … Continue reading

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Goldenrod Prairie

Goldenrod is at peak bloom now at the Prairie Garden Trust. People mistakenly believe that goldenrod causes fall allergies. Ragweed is a more likely source for the problem. Ragweed has green flowers that are easy to overlook. Goldenrod has very … Continue reading

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Monarchs are Good – Other Butterflies Missing

We saw about 20 Monarch Butterflies on a walk this afternoon. Their number seem about normal for their yearly migration. Other butterflies were almost totally missing. This has been a perfect year for the plants that butterflies feed on. I’ve … Continue reading

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Indian Grass

The grasses in the prairie are especially showy right now. With all the rain we’ve had this year they seem taller than normal. The problem is that they flop into the walking paths. If you are walking early in the … Continue reading

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

On a walk this morning I heard the chatter of hummingbirds near the edge of Beaver Lake. As I went to inspect I found them feeding in a patch of Rose Turtlehead. The hummingbirds are starting to migrate south. In … Continue reading

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Paved Walks at the PGT

They started pouring concrete yesterday. Now we will have some paved walks near the visitor center. They are 8-feet wide and about a half mile long. The exposed aggregate surface looks great. They will allow wheel chairs and baby carriages. … Continue reading

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