“In one of those early birding years, a Cooper’s Hawk nested in the Garden. Mrs. Crone asked Mr. Thompson to come and shoot it. This hawk was doing what it was supposed to do - that is, eat small birds - and Mrs. Crone did not want to lose all her songbirds. Sometime in the ‘60s or early ‘70s a pair of Broad-winged Hawks moved into the Garden area and have nested almost every year. Meanwhile, out behind the golf course, the Cooper’s Hawk nests once more...." J. S. Futcher, 2002
A Seasonal Poem
THERE’S a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.
Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.
Taken from "Winter Afternoons" by
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
|"The season must not go by without some attention to the ferns. The dearly loved shade or vernal plants flower and disappear when the trees are fully leaved. Then we find but few plants in bloom in the woods, and most of our pleasure in woodland walks, aside from the trees, comes from observing the fungi and the ferns. These do not usually need strong sunlight for their development. The attractiveness of ferns is wholly due to their foliage." Eloise Butler, published Sept. 17, 1911
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn
This indigenous fern colonizes and prefers dry sites. Its unique 3 blades spread horizontally. The species name, from the Latin for "characteristic of eagle" refers to the young fiddlehead that resembles an eagle's claw.