Prairie smoke (Geum triflorum)
Since winter I had been eyeing a strange small island in the middle of one of the creeks running through Baxter’s Hollow, and after a few months it occurred to me that it was covered in horsetails. Today the water was finally low enough for me to jump rocks across to inspect. Indeed, it is a magical little island absolutely covered in horsetails.
I chased around many lizards at the Naples Botanical Garden last November. I know lizards are the norm for a lot of people, but for this animal-loving northerner… I will never not chase a lizard.
Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) and skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
The difference a few weeks makes! Everything is so lush.
Lowbrush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium…I think? I’m bad at Vaccinium species)
Today was chilly and overcast, and I’m recovering from an illness, but none of that was enough to stop me from visiting Baxter’s Hollow. I know I’ve already written about my love and fascination with this piece of land, but now it’s spring going into summer and I am blown away by the diversity of plants, both vascular and nonvascular. In the above photos you can see the horsetails softening the margin of the creek, growing among moss and other plant species I’ve seen more commonly in northern Wisconsin.