Turning Over a New Leaf

By Boak Wiesner Once again, I find myself at the edge of the forest, with the recently burned and now sprouting abundant life area of the Bennett-Johnson Prairie just to the south of me. One nice thing about an edge is that the branches of trees, with leaves on them, of course, are right at…

On Edge

By Boak Wiesner I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: things change fast ‘round these part! Why just Saturday, the cool shade of the forest was a welcome relief from the heat of the day, and now today a flake or two of snow may be seen. The area of transition between the…

Spring Carries On

 By Mary Beth Pottratz Red-winged blackbirds call from the wetland as I enter Alkire Drive. Wide swaths of may apples raise their umbrella-like leaves in a layer a foot above ground. Hiding beneath this canopy are cream-colored buds and even a few blossoms springing from the branched stems. The spicy sweet scent of Wild blue…

White in the Forest

By Boak Wiesner How rapidly things in nature change over the course of Spring around here! I was at the Arb the day after our final snow squall and now look! Flowers are out in such abundance I am forced to select a theme today so that I can “get” even a sliver of what…