Dryad's Saddle is a marginally edible wood mushroom with a remarkable affinity for enchanted places.
Excursion to an unexplained hickory grove
In a sufficiently inattentive world, sometimes the best place to hide is in plain sight.
Most people don’t know about cottonwood bark
Eastern cottonwood, Populus deltoides, is one of the most common trees in the central United States, particularly in moister parts of the Midwest. Today, most who live in its midst are at best ignorant and at worst dismissive of its qualities.
Bright orange flower: Butterfly Weed
Around the end of June, this orange flower begins to appear in better fields and pastures throughout the US midwest. Its striking vibrance often causes people to stop in their tracks and wonder, aloud, about exactly what it is. ...
Dead man’s fingers
On a stately winter day, a newly punctured path in the feral woods presents a curious sight: is that a glove, discarded, poking from the leaves? ...
Daisy fleabane and heath aster: fraternal twin sisters
Many a summer wildflower bears in its name a lingering legacy of another time: for one, the dainty and prolific Daisy Fleabane. ...
A pasture of Pasture Thistle
Well into August, the pasture thistle has yet to open its buds, as if the flower within takes longer to construct than ordinary flowers. But by September, their purple blossoms are entertaining bumblebees. ...
Don’t grow so close to me
What is a species that can grow to 100 feet doing -- growing here? Ask a squirrel. ...
A moment with the grass-carrying wasp
The grass-carrying wasp takes its name seriously. If you see your firewood stack growing a bunch of mustaches, here's why you should feel good about your backyard. ...
Wildflowers, 25 July 2019
"Let me know what picture she is painting, what poetry she is writing, what ode composing, now."