[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Hidden Oaks Point page.]
5/6/2006 I worked on girdling more aspen along the lower edge of the point
Prairie flowers are beginning to come back in some of the areas we’ve cleared.
Violet Wood Sorrel
6/16/2006 The aspens I girdled a few years ago are starting to die now. These are on the lower part of the point.
6/16/2006 And these are in the woods between the meadow and the point.
When they fall, we cut them up and take them to a pile we’re making in the woods.
8/18/2006 The savanna area is looking very open. There are still lots of weeds where we mowed.
One of the savanna plants that has come back is Purple Joe-Pye Weed. It grows in shadier, drier places than the wetland Joe-Pye Weed.
8/26/2006 Our brush pile in the woods
8/26/2006 The edge of Hidden Oaks Meadow – where a lot of the dead aspen are falling.
8/26/2006 The path toward the point – aspens are falling here too.
9/11/2006 On the lower part of the point, Showy Goldenrod is blooming in the cleared areas.
9/11/2006 Showy Goldenrod is blooming in the sunny spots.
9/11/2006 The is the low, very sandy part of the point. It’s too rocky and sandy to mow, so I’ve been clearing Prickly Ash and Sumac by hand.
9/11/2006 The bench at the top of the point
9/23/2006 A pile of logs on their way to the brush pile
10/8/2006 This is the bottom of the point, looking up from 3 Finger Valley. This area has lots of prairie/savanna plants including Sweet Everlasting (Gnaphalium obtusifolium), Plantain Pussy-toes (Antennaria plantaginifolia), Pinweed (Lechea sp.), and Hoary Frostweed (Helianthemum bicknellii).
10/8/2006 This is looking the other direction, down the point, into 3 Finger Valley.
11/10/2006 A big snowstorm
11/25/2006 But it melted enough that we could work more on the brush and trees on the point.
11/25/2006 It’s slowly starting to get more open.
12/28/2006 This is a small hollow on the point where Robin’s Plantain grows. I cleared a lot of brush out of it by hand, leaving just some stunted Burr Oaks.