Today we were fortunate enough to stumble upon Platanthera leucophaea, the Eastern Prairie White Fringed Orchid, a gorgeous orchid that proves common names can be more tedious to say than scientific names.Read More
We went on a guided walk through Cedarburg Bog today with the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog. It was a short walk in blazing heat along a boardwalk. I don't have much to say about the walk itself, since it was a slow shuffle with everyone staring down at the bog floor, looking for fascinating things to ask the naturalist about. We learned about how it's less a bog than a string fen, and how there are soil types with names like gyttja, and how a depression in a bog is called a flark.
I also took some pictures of flowers! Here's a quick bouquet.Read More
We visited the forests of south Milwaukee yesterday: Cudahy Nature Preserve, Warnimont Park, and Seminary Woods. The trees are filling in, which means the light levels are low and the flowers are fewer. But there were still some gems!Read More
Brittany and I took a trip to the Kickapoo Valley Reserve and Wildcat Mountain State Park in western Wisconsin. It was absolutely beautiful, even though it rained almost the whole time. The Kickapoo River is noted for how much it meanders, and its valley contains many ecosystems with rare plants and animals. We arrived in time to witness the second wave of wildflowers. Here are some pictures!Read More
When we lived in Nova Scotia, Brittany and I would visit the salt marshes of Cole Harbour to walk around and watch birds. Once, we were on our way back to the bus stop when we passed an old man looking down at the ground right off the trail. We asked him what he was looking at.
"Mayflowers," he said. And he leaned down, lifted a leathery green leaf and showed us a cluster of beautiful, fragrant rosettes.Read More