A Winter Walk

At long last, winter has arrived at Midewin. The welcome cold quickens the senses. A fresh blanket of snow reveals some of her secrets and subtler beauties. Enjoy.

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River Road Seed Beds
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A “forest” of spent wildflowers in ice
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The architecture of oaks in Prairie Creek Woods
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A hawthorn tree in sharp relief in Prairie Creek Woods
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A creek meanders to Button Bush Pond
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A beaver clan reclaims a remnant drainage ditch


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A hedgerow of glacial erratics
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A compass plant carcass in South Patrol Road Prairie