A Celestial Wow Start To Fall

By Boak Wiesner Just four days ago, the Autumnal Equinox signaled that Fall is here, at least celestially. The hot sun today belies that fact, however. Out in the Prairie Garden, even though the sun is broiling, it’s clear that the yearly cycle of plants has come to the point where they are setting free…

Nature is Ready for Harvesting

By Greg Lecker A flash of blue-gray darts in front of my vehicle just as I pass the visitor center. Maybe it’s a Blue Jay. As I exit the car and turn towards the Grace Dayton Wildflower garden, a small flock of Canada geese fly overhead in formation.Nature seems to be very active today. In…

Fresh

By Mary Beth Pottratz Big billows of cumulonimbus clouds stand out against a deep blue sky. Cooler temperatures, sunbeams peeking through clouds and a freshly rain-washed breeze energize me. Pale lavender obedient plants, Black-eyed Susans, Gray coneflowers and pink Turtleheads line Alkire Drive, in addition to many colorful annuals. Out in the wetland, Prairie ironweed’s…

Labor Day Ramble

By Boak Wiesner The varied topography of the Arb is a result of glacial deposits that have eroded over time. This gives us a chance to experience many different microhabitats in a small area. As I laze in the already hot sun, I wonder, for example, why Smooth Sumac is starting to appear right at…