May 3, 2008

"Like the winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth it's cost in things natural, wild and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television, and the chance to find a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free speech."
Aldo Leopold - March 4, 1948

The pasque-flowers struggling against high winds and high odds at the Sherburne National Wildlife Area, MN.

May 2, 2008

Back from another busy weekend, this time at the MN Master Naturalist's Conference in Maple Lake, MN. The Spring ephemerals are still popping out. Seems our cold rainy early May weather just can't keep them down any longer.
This is Bloodroot, so named for the juice extracted from it's fleshly and amply proportioned rhizomes, which are the way they are because it has to live under ground about 50 weeks a year. It is also known in certain circles as Sanguinaria Canadensis. Bloody Canadians.
It's teenie tiny seeds are just the right size to be dispersed by red ants.
Yo, Antboy! Go deep, I'll hit yuh on the 40 yard line!