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Prairie Grasses in Winter

During winter the winds come in crisp and invigorating from across the prairies.  At this season of the year the landscape assumes a dreary look to many who do not understand.  But to others, when the gray arms of the cottonwood are illuminated by the January sun and silhouetted against the blue sky, when sleeping […]

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More Winter Interest:Persistant Leaves

  More Winter Interest Persistent Leaves Some deciduous trees (mostly oaks) hang on to their brown crackly leaves all winter, not dropping them until spring. 12/27/2010  Lord’s Park Lagoon.   White Oak (Quercus alba) hangs unto its leaves through the winter when it is young, but as it ages, the leaves fall off in autumn. […]

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Winter is dragging on, isn’t it?

Winter is dragging on, isn’t it? Let’s see what’ was in bloom on Feb. 18.   Feb 18.  American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) catkins and Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) branches cut and brought into the house a week before.     Feb 18  Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) is our area’s only sedum.   In nature  it […]

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Winter Views

Out of the bosom of the Air,  Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken,   Silent and soft and slow   Descends the snow.  Ralph Waldo Emerson    Winter Views  At last!  Snow!  I visited some friends last Thursday, the day after our first […]

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