Category Archives: Nature Report

The Magic of the Circle…

There is just something refreshing and rejuvenating about visiting what I like to call the Circle. I’m surrounded by nature daily and love it. I walk around our 2-acre prairie almost every day and love seeing all the flowers… what … Continue reading

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No rain in sight…

It’s been a crazy year of weather. If we were just to list the highlights it would sound like we were in the midst of an apocalypse¬†movie… wildfires, heat waves, floods, droughts… Here in Southwestern Wisconsin we are in the … Continue reading

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Who’s home in the prairie…

Just the other day as we were leaving for work I noticed this large excavation beside the driveway. Someone new was moving in. Not sure who, but I’m guessing a¬†groundhog/woodchuck. Besides the new woodchuck home, we also have a new … Continue reading

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Bursting with beauty and drama…

While the prairie is still mostly brown with a bit of green peaking through, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Arboretum is bursting with blooms! In their tree specimen area there is a large collection of magnolias. In the spring it is … Continue reading

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Now the party can begin…

I’ve been watching for them all week and then this morning I spotted them. The pasque flowers were up and blooming! Pasque flowers are one of our earliest and most spectacular native spring flowers. They are found in dry, rocky, … Continue reading

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The sound of spring…

As the snow melts on the prairie, signs of spring are in the air. I am not talking temperature, but more a song in the air. Last week the cardinals started singing across the prairie. Then earlier this week Lilly … Continue reading

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Fall comes to the prairie…

When we think fall we often picture colorful stands of trees… especially maples with their beautiful hues of red, orange, and yellow. We picture New England (or Northern Wisconsin) falls. Not many people think of the prairie when it comes … Continue reading

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