Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fall woods

I took this series of pictures last week. Now most of the leaves are gone, but the pin oaks are still as green as they were in May. The past-its-prime ladies' tresses orchid(Spiranthes ovalis) represents a victory; there was only a literature record for this plant until fire prescription was added to the management regime. I counted no fewer than 200 individual plants in the section that was burned last March. Spiranthes is a big genus, with an orchid for every habitat--I've even seen one in the turf at Audubon Zoo.

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