Cedar Forest Road wildflowers

When you miss the caravan for the cedar glade field trip and try to find it on your own and no one at headquarters knows where the van was headed and you drive and drive where the brochure said it might be, but eventually give up and turn around.
And then,
when you start to notice what’s on the side of the road: Continue reading “Cedar Forest Road wildflowers”

Cedar Glade Trash: Couchville

I’m a fan of leaving “historic” trash in protected cedar glades. If you tell visitors cedar glades were used as dumps in the old days, they’ll probably forget. If you show visitors, they’ll probably remember. Old trash is in-your-face evidence that trash-land was trashed. Continue reading “Cedar Glade Trash: Couchville”

Couchville Cedar Glade 7/5/16

The day after July 4th is a let-down because of the firework tents. Fireworks are legal to sell in Wilson County, so that’s where we go to buy. Most of June, there’s a retail tent at each big intersection, as well as at intersections big only to folks who have to cross them every day. Till yesterday, the tents were lined with tables decked with patriotic skirting, and full of customers buying armloads of flammable goodies. Tax is figured on  solar calculator or iPad, depending on demographic of the seller. Continue reading “Couchville Cedar Glade 7/5/16”

John and Hester Lane Cedar Glade (6/25/16)

Yesterday’s Division of Natural Areas hike was at a glade new to me: John and Hester Lane Cedar Glade. Look what happens to a cedar thicket after a managed burn:

prairie coneflower meadow

I’ve never seen so many prairie coneflower (Ratibida pinnata) in one place.
How long had those seeds slept in shade till freed by fire? Continue reading “John and Hester Lane Cedar Glade (6/25/16)”

Couchville Cedar Glade after winter rain

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the trail

Couchville Cedar Glade is a family favorite because it’s easy to get to and the loop trail is only one mile. Sometimes, we walk with people for whom one mile of Nature is enough. Proximity to a Sonic drive-in is another plus. Our Pavlovian response to a walk at Couchville involves Tater Tots and vanilla shakes. Continue reading “Couchville Cedar Glade after winter rain”