[To see stories and photos from other years, see the links on the main Wetland page.]
4/28/2009 This view (from Sumac Prairie) clearly shows the ant mounds (in the foreground) and the sedge meadow (the textured area beyond it).
4/28/2009 Here’s one of the ant mounds. Some are as much as 3 feet high.
4/29/2009 And here are some of the ants. James Trager tentatively identified them as Formica glacialis. They are a conservative species in the upper midwest, usually found in remnant wetlands that have constant groundwater.
5/20/2009 Marsh Marigolds
7/4/2009 Common Milkweed and Angelica in the mowed, planted part of Parsnip Meadow.
7/12/2009 This is the former lawn of the old farm house. The house burned down 10 years or so before we bought the land, and the site has been growing wild ever since. The yard still has a few garden flowers – crocus, garden phlox, iris and peonies – but mostly it’s weeds and Common Milkweed.
7/14/2009 Clasping Dogbane growing along the road
7/14/2009 Fringed Loosestrife
7/18/2009 Common Milkweed struggling against being taken over by Wild Parsnip
7/21/2009 This is a beautiful area that I just discovered, growing under and around an old Silver Maple along the west edge of our land. It’s very diverse, and I only need to keep the Wild Parsnip from taking over, and get rid of the patches of Reed Canary Grass that grow around the edge.
7/21/2009 Turks Cap Lily and Tall Meadow Rue near the big spring along our western boundary.
8/8/2009 Parsnip Meadow recovering after being mowed earlier in the summer.
8/8/2009 This is one of the small streams where water from a spring flows down to the creek.
8/8/2009 Joe Pye Weed, Common Milkweed, and Wild Cucumber Vine at the edge of a sedge meadow
8/16/2009 Some of the planted sunflowers near the driveway – Cup Plant and Tall Sunflower
8/16/2009 Jewelweed growing over the creek
8/19/2009 Tall Sunflower
8/19/2009 Mike mowed the north edge of the creek west of the driveway. It helps to mow some areas so that I don’t have to weed the Parsnip all by hand. Mowing reduces the number of seeds it produces, so the next year there won’t be as many plants to pull.
9/20/2009 The triangle between the old and the new driveways is becoming more diverse. Sneezeweed, New England Aster, and Panicled Aster.
10/27/2009 Hoarfrost along the creek
10/28/2009 Parsnip Meadow is still very green.