[To see photos and stories of this prairie in other years, go to the links on the main Sumac Prairie page.]
1/17/2005 Sometimes these south facing slopes lose their snow very early.
1/17/2005 Looking down from the prairie
1/23/2005 – A week later, it was covered with snow again.
2/20/2005 – more snow
4/11/2005 – Finally the snow is really gone.
4/11/2005 – The sandy spot has a large animal den this year. We never figure out what kind of animal used it. It was only used this one year.
4/18/2005 A closer look at the animal den
4/18/2005 – The lower part of the prairie is covered with violets – these are Bird’s Foot Violets – Viola pedata.
4/18/2005 – There are several clumps of these violets on the western edge of the prairie. They’re called Early Blue Violet – not a very distinctive name. Their scientific name shows that they’re more interesting – Viola x palmata. They’re either considered a separate species (V. subsinuata), or a naturally occurring cross between two species: Viola pedatifida and V. sororia. See this reference for more information.
4/18/2005 – This is one of the earliest flowering plants on our land, and it always blooms on Sumac Prairie earlier that anywhere else. Sand Cress – Arabis lyrata.
4/18/2005 – Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) in the aspen woods below Sumac Corner Prairie
5/15/2005 – Mowing the savanna above the prairie
5/22/2005 I girdled a clump of small aspens at the top of Sumac Corner Prairie.
10/16/2005 Thick birch/aspen woods below Sumac Corner Prairie.
10/16/2005 – Savanna area along the top of the bluff – looking more savanna like