A Step Back in Time

By Holly Einess The morning is sunny and mild, and I’m eager to explore the Spring Peeper Trail. I start out on the Ridge Trail and right away spot a lovely little woodland plant I’ve not seen before. Subsequent research reveals it to be helleborine, a non-native orchid that’s considered invasive in both Wisconsin and…

Prairie Mosaic

By Mary Beth Pottratz Puffs of cumulus clouds dot a deep blue sky. The light breeze wisps away any mosquitoes. I had waited until afternoon for plants to dry out, and even the dew point and temperature make for pleasant weather. The prairie is a mosaic of color: golden sunflowers, purple coneflowers, fuzzy-soft lavender lead…

Prairie Prepares to Bloom

By Greg Lecker Like many recent days, clouds are spectacular this morning.  What appear to be heavily water-laden clouds partially obscure the morning rising sun.  Rim light adds silver borders to the sky patterns. We could use some rain – but no more storms! Sky Show The woodland is very dark.  Here and there, fairy…

Shady Characters

By Sydney Chandler The sun is a welcome feature of summer, but on this toasty morning it necessitated shade. A short stroll through the woods to the Shade Tree Exhibit was the perfect respite. The bright blue sky fought for attention against the vibrant green leaves and provided a curious x-ray-like style of exploration. Umbrella…

The Arb’s Wild Side

By Holly Einess The morning is overcast and cool, and a hike along the Ridge Trail seems in order. Immediately I leave the crowds behind as I enter the woods just east of the Snyder Building; sadly, a few deer flies and mosquitoes decide to accompany me! Right away I spot the bright red berries…