[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Knife Edge Prairie page.]
4/10/2005 Mike mowed the main part of the prairie and some of the edges, including this area under the big oak.
In April I clipped brush on the west facing slope of the Knife Edge. This slope is very steep, with prairie vegetation under birches, sumac, honeysuckle and prickly ash.
4/15/2005 Here’s what the slope looked like – I’ve clipped some of the shrubs in the foreground.
4/15/2005 I clipped a big area of mostly sumac, and threw the branches down the hill. It’s so steep that it would be impossible to carry it up.
5/29/2005 The wide prairie area growing back after the mowing. The trees in the prairie are Apple and Wild Black Cherry. We’ve left them because we like the way they look, and because it would be a lot of work to take them out.
8/13/2005 Leonard’s Skipper on Blazing Star – these butterflies are on the ‘special concern’ list for Wisconsin. Their caterpillars eat grasses, but they seem to especially like to nectar on Blazing Star. Another of their common names is Blazing Star Skipper.
8/24/2005 This year I found even more prairie flowers in the mowed prairie area.
8/27/2005 There’s quite a bit more Rough Blazing Star than last year.
8/27/2005 Blazing Star blooms at the time that Monarchs are migrating, and it’s a favorite nectar source for the migrating butterflies.
8/24/2005 White Blazing Stars are uncommon, but we have several plants that have white flowers in this prairie.
8/27/2005 looking back along the path from the point
10/3/2005 False Boneset (Kuhnia eupatorioides)
11/1/2005 Looking down at the steep, sandy part of the Knife Edge Point, toward the cabin
11/1/2005 Looking the other way – up the slope to the top of the point.