Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Looks like we have a new yard shroom...

This is the chicken fat mushroom! There's a little cluster out "back" near the white pine.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Short's Aster

Finally got an ID for the species blooming in Bill's woods!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

S. Kettle Moraine

Today, I went in search of wildflowers with my friends. Almost right as we got on the trail, we saw Kalm's lobelia and grass-of-Parnassus. A lesser fringed gentian was hidden a little farther back in the grass. As we walked, we spotted Riddell's goldenrod and nodding lady's-tresses. Swamp thistle grew along the stream bank.

At Scuppernog, we saw asparagus fruiting.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fall Begins

Tonight, the temps are dropping into the 50s, and with the strong winds outside, it feels like it's already there! I'm not ready for the cold, shorter days, or for the leaves to turn. I think because the summer never really got "hot," I resent the chilly air all the more. This is the coldest summer I've ever experienced, and I didn't like it. Yet, I kept myself busy with learning wildflowers and even a few butterflies.

There's evidence that a few leaves are changing color, and I can hardly believe it! Also, all the students are back and fall semester is in session. Time for some adventures to spice up the season.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Learning Asters

Lakeshore path is "a-bloom" with arrow-leaved aster along the trail, and I even found large-leaved aster in the woods today.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Bloomers

The only notable that really "starts" blooming in fall is October lady's-tresses.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Great Burdock

I think the one I found was big enough to ID it as the "larger" species. Also, as I pay more attention to insects, I've found that German yellow jacket and Western honey bee are the likely species around Madison.