Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter walk in chert woods





I recognized several years ago that biodiversity in Missouri is doomed, totally unsustainable. It's very sad, actually, and on those dark winter days when birds aren't around (but hunkered into cedar boughs to wait out the clouds) it's nice to still be able to go to decent enough (but vast in scale) post oak woodlands managed for their highest and best use, for ecosystem protection above all else.





And winter botany is only fun when there's a biodiverse understory around: tall and rangy Lespedeza hirta, big, strapping Aster linariifolius stalks, Solidago juncea , switch grass and Indian grass and the bluestems, sweet everlasting with that distinctive scent, and a strange Muhlenbergia I've never seen before. A nice winter day in nice burned-5-times-in-15-years woods....









4 comments:

Travis said...

nothing is ever doomed. next time you are out, smoke some of that rabbit tobacco (sweet everlasting) and smile.

Paul Nelson said...

I love walking in good quality chert woodlands, even in the winter. You bring out the beauty of winter.

James C. Trager said...

It's hard to stay positive, what with all the assaults on native biodiversity that are so glaringly evident. And yet, your little essay and photos give me hope.

Allison Vaughn said...

James, if I don't keep running, I'll have a massive stroke before I'm 40.