Category Archives: Habitats

More Invasive Exotics

Despite years of working hard to find and destroy invasive exotic plants at the PGT, their variety and numbers are increasing. An ideal time to find exotics is now; before native plants green up. For the past month I’ve been … Continue reading

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Bluebells Along Spring Streams

Bluebells bloom today along the stream flowing with recent rains. It’s so welcome to see their color against the fresh April green suddenly emerging everywhere.

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New Display Helps You Explore

We just put up the new map display on the porch at the PGT Center, along with the map brochures. In a few weeks we hope to install the new wayfinding signs along the trails, too. Then it should be … Continue reading

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Spring Wildflowers

We found Bird’s-foot violets blooming along the ridge trail above Hillers Creek this morning. Many other kinds of wildflowers can be found in the woods now. Once the trees leaf out in early May the place to find wildflowers shifts … Continue reading

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Fall Color

Bald Cypress reflecting on the water provides some burnt orange colors to contrast with the greens and purples of the water lily pads. This picture was taken at the Lotus Ponds last weekend. In general the color in the landscape … Continue reading

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Monarchs on PGT Asters

Monarch butterflies paused on their flight south for a nectar break on our fall-blooming asters. The purple New England Aster stands out in the patches of prairie plants this time of year. But the white upland asters make a great … Continue reading

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River Otters at the PGT!

On our morning hike today Lorna and I stumbled upon three River Otters swimming and feeding in Hillers Creek. This is the first time we’ve seen them here since we moved to the property in 1970. I wasn’t able to … Continue reading

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New Valley Overlook – Place to Pause

I could sit in this spot at the edge of the savanna bluffs at the PGT forever. Listening to the tanager and wood thrush, watching for herons, enjoying whatever flowers or trees happen to be in bloom…. If you walk … Continue reading

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Dogwood Forest

The flowering dogwoods are going to be in peak bloom this week. Here is a picture from this morning. It was taken in the South 40 woods which is about a ten minute walk from the visitor center.

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Lotus Pod

All parts of the American Lotus are interesting to explore photographically. Everything from the leaves to the flowers and even the seed pods. I just stumbled across this picture from 12-years ago and decided to work it up.

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