[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Hidden Oaks Point page.]
1/25/2013 The savanna is looking more open now that most of the elms have died.
5/19/2013 This is the beginning of the path in from the Narrows Prairie. The first part is very wooded – with a few apple trees, old sumacs, and more birches and aspen.
5/28/2013 The west facing slope…the girdled birches are dying and falling down.
5/28/2013 The point with Hoary Puccoon
6/2/2013 More Hoary Puccoon
6/2/2013 This shows the west facing slope with the tangle of brush that I need to work my way down into. It’s much too steep for the tractor, so I’ll do it by hand.
6/7/2013 Looking south through the savanna
6/7/2013 Looking north, to the meadow. It’s exciting to see how open this is now. We’re hoping for some prairie/savanna plants, but it will probably take a few years.
6/7/2013 Prairie Violet (Viola pedatifida)
7/6/2013 This year we weed whacked the sumac on top of the prairie. We’ll do that once or twice a year for a few years and see if that sets it back.
7/6/2013 The savanna
7/29/2013 After mowing the area that used to be aspen woods
8/8/2013 Looking from the savanna – with blooming Monarda – into the newly mowed former aspen grove
8/24/2013 Hidden Oaks Meadow
8/28/2013 Monarch in Hidden Oaks Meadow
9/22/2013 The prairie, looking back through the savanna
11/14/2013 The grove of Burr Oaks behind the bench.