Category Archives: 2009

Journal September 14, 2009

As we walked along the road this morning we saw an Eastern Milk Snake – a first for the farm.  I hope it wasn’t injured – it was alive but very quiet, on the gravel right next to the road.   It was a chilly morning so it may have just been waiting for the sun to warm things up.  Young snakes like this one, besides being smaller than adults, have brighter spots.  On adults the spots are usually more brown. Continue reading


This is the time of Sunflowers – they’re blooming everywhere.  A few years ago, my friend Susan Marie wrote a wonderful children’s picture book about a sunflower: To Be Like the Sun.    The book is the story of the life of a sunflower – a garden sunflower.  So, for Susan Marie, this is pictures and information about some of our native sunflowers.

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Journal for July 30, 2009

Every year I have one favorite prairie – this year it’s Buffalo Ridge.  All the purple and yellow flowers are blooming, and it’s full of birds.  There aren’t as many butterflies as usual this year.  Maybe because it’s been so cool, or maybe the birds have been too efficient.

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