“Morning Fog Will Burn by Noon”

By Boak Wiesner Lingering fog has yet to burn off completely as I start around Green Heron pond, lending the scene a rather Impressionistic feel, edges not quite defined, soft. With so much rain these last weeks, there’s little evidence that fall is coming. It looks like June. I’m curious to check out new things…

Color and Texture

By Greg Lecker Like the display gardens, the natural world has built up much texture – as well as color – by this point in the growing season   This morning’s cool dry air has a definite autumnal feel.  Dew is plentiful; and the over-abundant rain is overflowing the water feature in the prairie’s water feature…

Mushrooms and Flowers and Grasses, Oh My!

By Mary Beth Pottratz A warm 85⁰ and blue sky with distant clouds invites me into the Arboretum. Humidity is still high with the past week’s heavy rains, and the woodland provides a shady retreat. An ant crawls across a large clump of Indian pipe. Also called ghost plant, it has a translucent radiance in…

A Golden Morning

By Boak Wiesner A bright sunny morning finds me in the little pocket of prairie across the marsh from the Red Barn. I can tell it’s still the height of summer as very few of the Canada Goldenrod have yet to bloom. One inflorescence I do find open is already crawling with Soldier Beetles, almost…

Lots of Yellow – and Not Just Sun!

By Greg Lecker The humidity broke with the rain last week; and on this weekend, the green landscape greets my entry into the Grace Dayton woodland.  Black-eyed Susan and purple coneflower line the pathway.  As I enter the darkness of the shady canopy, two cardinals chirp a canon-like duet (canon=round).  Their red hue is a…