First Week of Fall

By Mary Beth Pottratz The woods are still vibrant green. Sunlight bounces off leaves. The canopy is airy, as some leaves have already fallen. Mushrooms abound after our tumultuous September rains: Blobs of white mushrooms tarred with grit and feathered with aspic; a white-stalked mushroom with a concave red top; yellow shelf fungus with orange…

Golden Morning

By Boak Wiesner The first day this year when I sense in the air that fall may finally be upon us finds me out on the prairie, where I’m surrounded, bathed by the yellow-gold light of many kinds of “sun” flowers. If there’s a better example of Darwin’s “endless forms most beautiful”, I cannot think…

Lost and Found

By Greg Lecker The Arboretum grounds are lush and full at this time of year!  The Grace Dayton woodland garden has regained color and interest as the late summer flowers have begun blooming.  Sunlight streams in through openings in the tree canopy and backlights maples leaves.    Returning again to a woodland that misses her spring…

Gentle Gentians

By Mary Beth Pottratz A bright green tree frog clings for dear life to an arrowhead stalk waving in a 15-mile an hour wind. He is surrounded by the waxy white flower petals and green seed balls. Crickets trill loudly and a pair of cicadas saw in the distance. Huge plumes of showy goldenrod flowers…