MMM: Twice Bitten
Mostly Madison Mondays – a howdoyoudo from and around my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin
This week Farrah Star and I took to the UW Arboretum and Edna Taylor Conservation Park. The Arboretum is a classic; Edna Taylor new ground.
“Widely recognized as the site of historic research in ecological restoration, the Arboretum includes the oldest and most varied collection of restored ecological communities in the world, including tallgrass prairies, savannas, several forest types and wetlands. It also houses flowering trees, shrubs and a world-famous lilac collection.” – UWArboretum
There’s nothing not to like about this place other than the din of Highway 12 on its border. It’s wonderful to tromp around the meadows and prairies and definitely not think about all the snakes that must be inches from your ankles. I always bring my 300mm zoom to catch birds on these trips but I shot more macros than anything. I can’t seem to leave home without my zoom though. Bird! Bird! Bird! Soon enough I’ll be in Montreal and I suspect the need for a zoom will be infrequent – unless I have risque and awesome neighbors.
“Edna Taylor Conservation Park consists of 58.25 acres of wetlands, ponds, forest and prairie. The park includes over 1.3 miles of trails, Native American linear and effigy mounds, and a boardwalk through part of the marshland.” – Facebook
This park butts up right against Aldo Leopold so there’s a lot of ground to explore and a diverse ensemble to observe.
Click on this picture and you’ll see that this dragonfly swallowed a fly. I don’t know why.
Both of these places are so inviting and I felt I could linger on the dock at one of Edna’s marshes all day, but nature has her way of scooting you along and in these parts it comes in the way of mosquitos. We went through half a bottle of that “natural” spray – you know the kind with lemongrass and rosemary oil? Who exactly is their target customer, because it isn’t anyone in Wisconsin.
Blood loss aside, it was quite pleasant to tour these two places and I urge you to cover up and get out there as well.
Until next time Dear Readers, in joyful spirit,
One-Half of Your Madison Explorers