[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main 3 Finger Valley page.]
6/16/2006 We’ve been working on some of the aspen groves at the bottom of Hidden Oaks Point – at the north end of 3 Finger Valley. These aspens have been girdled and have mostly died.
6/30/2006 The south end of the valley – just north of the driveway, looking north
7/15/2006 Looking south from where the 3 Fingers join
7/17/2006 A view of Hidden Oaks Point
7/17/2006 The narrow part of the valley, with the grove of Black Walnuts on the right.
7/22/2006 The same narrow spot, looking south.
7/22/2006 American Bellflowers – this is the original patch of plants that I found growing in the woods. Last year I collected seeds to plant in the mowed places under the walnut trees.
7/22/2006 We mowed under the walnuts again, to give the seeds I planted last year a chance to grow.
8/6/2006 The wide part of the valley, where the 3 Fingers meet
8/6/2006 The dry sandy area just south of Goldenrod Valley
8/6/2006 Another view of the dry sandy spot, showing the contrast with the rest of the valley
8/12/2006 You can just see some of the mowing that we did in the lowest part of the valley. This wet area was very weedy. The farmers had left an unfarmed strip down the middle, to slow erosion. That strip and some of the other low areas had lots of agricultural weeds, and none of the prairie plants could get started. After it was mowed, I scattered some aggressive wet prairie seeds in those areas.
10/8/2006 Smooth Aster