Monday, April 27, 2009
I found a jack-in-the-pulpit and several large patches of bright-pink wild geraniums... the marsh looks clean- it looks good! Smart weed is dense enough to clog out some of the edges and floating accumulations of green duck weed are thick on the surface.
One creek is dammed with bags of sand or cement- they appear to have stopped erosion well!
My shroomy expeditions have brought me upon the season's first lethargic reptiles. Snakes and box turtles, mostly...
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Some areas of the park are still thick with young trees and cedars- I imagine if this scene- left- is what Larry Rizzo found when he first discovered the prairie remnants near Sager Woods CA.
The ground-cover was green and beautiful, and the still-bald trees could hide less than they will any other time of year. Pink globs of redbud flowers stuck out all over the park! Strawberries were the only flowers on the ground- some cool weathered crinoid fossils too. ..
Saturday, April 18, 2009
The clouds this afternoon made the short hike into something much more beautiful than the glades could have been by themselves- the big, fluffy, cottonball-cumulus floated thousands of feet under a higher cloud-cover that seemed to cast a glow on Swope- rather than sunlight.. The soft light kinda reminded me of one of those indoor plant lights.
On the glades, only verbena, pucoon, and some less-vibrant colours were in bloom. The yarrow is thick and lush, but it's bids weren't yet opened. Grasses are still very short- it made it easy to spot a small group of doe around the big bend that is now taken by Larry's tall deer exclosure- above the glades things were just slightly less-colourful. Trout lilies are easy to spot, but not because they are flowering. Their dark, pointed leaves compensate for the brilliant flowers that will come up soon. I trespassed a bit- into the locked pool near the Hogan- in an attempt to save as many of the handfuls of toads that have become trapped as I could. One took a pose against the white pool-floor. I dont think that he was too happy with me- though I wonder if a more imaginative person than I could recognize a bit of curiosity in the toads face... ?
...Last year Bill put a board in the pool to act as a ramp to the surface and give the little guys a chance to save themselves.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I was signed up for the Coal Mine Road site after Wildcat Hollow was cancelled for at least the second year in a row. Coal Mine has been a known dump site for decades- near an ancient cement mill-thing and a bit east of the stadiums. Immediately I was adopted by Bill in a great big Dump-Truck thing- he always treats me!
An hour or two of set-up and FREE DOUGHNUTS and catchin' up with all of those folks you haven't seen since the last Blue River Rescue and each group began to leave for their designated part of the park.
Today's forests glow with just the slightest yellow-green as trees display their first signs of leaves and buds. The city is still generally winter-like and we've had little precipitation. The group of PBRR's most devoted volunteers went about their annual Morel mushroom predictions- unlike previous years, nobody suggested that mushrooms would be up this day of the clean-up. Bill told me that they were being collected near Osceola!
At Coal mine there was a lot of household Crap like clothes and shoes and cookware and such.. We had two groups to attack both sides of the road- (our side was nicer!) One pool of water- only yards from the road- was filled with plastic and busted windows and was the 'project' for our team of giant mechanical toys. The work was wet, and it sure didn't smell too nice, either, but everyone found the day worth-while!