Gilded in Frozen Fog

By Sydney Chandler Recently, King Midas’s lesser-known, winter enthusiast sibling descended on the Arboretum. Rather than beautifying with gold as their brother would do, they gilded the landscape in an intricate layer of frozen fog. The resulting ice crystals give Arboretum visitors a new take on the beauty of winter while simultaneously challenging how they…

Winter Delights

By Greg Lecker What a pleasant spell of warmth tucked between frigid cold and an upcoming forecast snow!  I need no gloves; and I am more than comfortable in my heavy coat.  The rising sun has just disappeared behind a dome of overcast gray and white.  I can just make out the red barn on…

Life on the Winter Prairie

By Holly Einess At first glance the prairie in winter appears lifeless and rather bleak. The colorful flowers of summer and fall are absent, replaced by the dull golds and grays of dormant plants and trees. Bennett-Johnson Prairie Trail However, to the careful observer the winter prairie reveals a world full of life and drama,…

Close Encounters of the Annual Kind

By Mary Beth Pottratz Today’s 30⁰ brought relief from the bitter cold we had at the end of the year. I am nice and toasty-warm in my winter wear.Several couples, groups, and families are also hiking along Green Heron Trail this afternoon. We greet each other with a smile and “beautiful day!” as we pass….

Enduring the Extremes

By Sydney Chandler Winter has taken on traits of groundcovers, creeping vines, and invasive species to learn to choke out warmth and leave a frozen trail behind. The cold seeks out exposed skin and seeps through layers of warm clothing. Arboretum residents– both flora and fauna– have hunkered down to survive the cold. Flora seem…