Wild Geranium Has Popped!

I did not know until recently how awesome wild geranium (Geranium maculatum) fruits are. This geranium is from April 5th, 2012. Geranium started flowering a couple weeks later this year (you’ll recall last year was freakish). This guy’s ready to pop! The developed fruit photos are from June 19th, 2013. And whoosh. The seeds have …

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Shabbona County Park in Spring

Shabbona County Park is a [publicly accessible] postage stamp spring woodland in a sea of corn and soy. Tiptoeing through the robust carpet of spring ephemerals. Cutleaf toothworts, woodland phlox, rue anemone, wild leeks, spring beauties, Dutchman’s breeches, trout lilies, mayapples, trilliums. Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) flowers with a pinkish tinge my camera failed to …

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Maramech Phenology

phenology (n): study of the influence of climate on recurring natural phenomena 1881, from German (phänologisch, Karl Fritsch, 1853) from Latin phaeno-, from Greek phaino-, from phainein “to show” Show yourselves, little plants of Maramech Forest Preserve! It’s early April, time for some of you to wake up. Hello skunk cabbage & marsh marigold. Laying …

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Chester Bowl in Winter

Chester Creek, Duluth, MN Chester Creek, Duluth, MN After the great flood of 2012, the pond in front of the chalet, the shores of which had reached nearly to the ski lift, filled with a substantial amount of sediment and boulders. Raccoon & dog tracks Tanacetum vulgare, common tansy, in winter (identification questionable..?) Quercus rubra, …

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Prairie Silhouette

A 4:23PM sunset really sneaks up on you. You’re enjoying the golden brown prairie hues and suddenly it’s nearly pitch black. The middle photo above is a naturalized stormwater detention basin burned this fall. The following prairie plant silhouettes are from Blackberry Trail Forest Preserve in Kendall County, IL. Silphium perfoliatum (cup plant) Sorghastrum nutans …

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Split Trunk Home

I saw some bits of fur inside of the split trunk of a mulberry tree. I poked those bits of fur. A possum came out! Ahhhhhh!