[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main 3 Finger Valley page.]
3/6/2012 When we have a warm day in the early spring, the melting snow forms a creek that runs through the middle of the prairie and into the woods along the edge. There’s less of a creek now that the prairie vegetation is so thick, but it still runs when there’s a lot of snow melting all at once.
7/26/2012 looking north, up the valley
7/28/2012 The low area along the eastern edge of the prairie – where the water runs in the spring – is a grove of Black Walnuts. It used to have a thick stand of Giant Ragweed growing underneath. A few years ago Mike mowed it, and I threw down seeds of plants that like damp, shady places. Cut-leaved Coneflower is doing very well there now.
7/28/2012 American Bellflower – another plant that does well there.
9/8/2012 Looking north at the place where the 3 fingers separate.