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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