Inescapable Colors

By Boak Wiesner “Blazing in gold and quenching in purple” certainly described well the edges of the Ordway Prairie. Goldenrod, Sunflowers, and at least two shades of purple of New England Asters greeted me on maybe the last hot day of the year. Emily Dickinson sure knew her stuff. The red leaves of a Pagoda…

Take a Second Look!

By Greg Lecker I hope readers took note of Saturday evening’s sky show. Following the wind and brief rain, skies gradually brightened west to east. Low light raked across the landscape, illuminating trees and plains against a warm gray overcast sky. To the south, clouds and sky cooked a layer cake of blue and orange….

Late Summer Lollygagging

By Mary Beth Pottratz Twenty-seven species of mushrooms have been identified at the Arb, according to the Nature Notes whiteboard in the visitor center lobby. That’s a lot of fungi! And the list includes interesting ones like the gooey white jelly fungus, ash bolete with its spongey pores in place of gills, giant puffball and…

A Jewel of a Day

By Boak Wiesner It’s hard for me grasp that there may be frost later this very week on such a warm and sunny day. School’s back in session and, since I’m a Gopher myself (’83), I wander the prairie parcels of the Arb in search of gopher activity. The U’s mascot doesn’t depict a gopher…

So Much Yellow!

By Greg Lecker So much yellow! That is my recent observation while travelling around the Arboretum’s natural areas and even when studying the 2014 planting color palette (and orange too!) Prairie and savannah areas are awash with the many native “sunflower” species – rosin weed, prairie dock, Jerusalem artichoke – but also, and especially with…