[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Indian Grass Point page.]
The main project we did on the point this year was to do more clearing on the front, south facing, slope.
1/6/2017 The southeast facing hillside that we cleared of brush and small trees in 2016
2/11/2017 Looking down the bluff prairie into the southeast facing hillside. The thicker trees on the left are where we didn’t do any clearing work. On the right, where the trees are thinner, is where we did our clearing.
3/13/2017 This is the top of the path up the south facing hillside from the house. These are mostly small red and black oaks. Our plan is to eventually remove the small ones, leaving a much more open savanna.
4/15/2017 East facing slope below the prairie
5/9/2017 This is the part of the path up from the house that we’ve cleared. Wood Betony, Blue-eyed Grass, Violets, Wild Geranium, Milkworts and Yellow Stargrass grow there.
5/9/2017 Birds Foot Violet
5/9/2017 West facing slope
5/18/2017 Path up the hill with Wood Betony and Wild Geranium
5/18/2017 Another part of the south facing hill
5/22/2017 Yellow Lady’s Slippers
7/8/2017 Harebell and Prairie Coreopsis
7/14/2017 Prairie Coreopsis, Whorled Milkweed, Monarda
10/16/2017 This is looking down into the small oaks at the top of the south facing slope. The plants under them are Rubus species – various kinds of Raspberries and Blackberries.
10/16/2017 Looking up at the steep prairie point
12/3/2017 The south facing hillside – we’ve started working on it again.
12/10/2017 East facing hillside, at the top of the savanna and just below the dry prairie
12/27/2017 The top of the west facing slope with one of our weather stations