Category Archives: Habitats

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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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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Lichen Bluff

Visitors to the Prairie Garden Trust are always surprised to see rocky bluffs and steep hillsides. We call this Lichen Bluff because is is covered with some fabulous lichen. In the background is Hillers Creek valley. I took this picture … Continue reading

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Purple Coneflower

When I think “Prairie” I see Purple Coneflowers. They can be found in small clumps in many locations here at the PGT. Often I find them at the edges of the prairie where there are a few trees.

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Creek Reflection

The reflections on Hiller’s Creek were wonderful last night. You can see how lush the vegetation is here this year with all the rain we’ve had. It is green everywhere!

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The Point

One of the magical spots at the PGT is The Point. It is a rocky bluff that looks out on to the Hiller’s Creek valley. This picture looks up at the steep north slope to The Point. As I was … Continue reading

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Early Summer Prairie

After a brief storm this evening the skies cleared and light flooded the prairie. This is the “5-Acre Prairie” just east of the Prairie Garden Trust Visitor Center. If you look closely you will see Lead Plant, Mountain Mint, Grey-headed … Continue reading

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Gray-headed Coneflower

We just got back from a short trip and were eager to see what’s coming in to bloom here at the PGT. The Gray-headed Coneflowers can be seen blooming just south of the PGT Visitor Center in the Dogleg Prairie. … Continue reading

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The Sounds of Spring

Tonight after sunset we walked out onto the prairie and found ourselves surrounded by at least a dozen male Woodcocks performing their mating ritual. After calling from the ground for for several minutes they launch themselves into the air to … Continue reading

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