[To see photos and stories of the savanna in other years, see the links on the main Twisted Oak Savanna page.]
This year we did our usual spring mowing. I spent some time pulling Queen Anne’s Lace – mostly in the sunny prairie areas near the bench. Common Burdock is still coming up in the newest part of the savanna – at the northern end – so I cut and treated all the plants I could find there, and in a few other trouble spots.
4/16/2021 Just after the spring mowing
5/10/2021 At the north end of the savanna where there are numerous Hawthorn trees mixed in with the oaks
5/22/2021 I did some clearing on this west facing remnant last year, and girdled most of the remaining birches.
7/29/2021 Looking into Ragwort Opening. The opening used to be separated from the path by a patch of brushy woods, but since we cut those trees, the whole area gets more light.
7/31/2021 Big-leaved Aster blooming at the north end of the savanna
7/31/2021 Purple Joe-pye Weed, Bottlebrush Grass and a Monarch
8/9/2021 Looking into the savanna from Buffalo Ridge Prairie on a misty morning
9/21/2021 Red Maple turning color
10/31/2021 Showy Goldenrod