Black Partridge Woods Sunday October 15
John had seven volunteers, plus Stewardship Aide Michelle, at his workday. He reports they finished clearing a section of brush, near the old farmhouse site, that was worked on a month ago. They did not attempt to burn due to high, shifting winds. Margaret sent some photos from the site; I was unable to attend as I was out of town. Thanks to John and Margaret for their input.
Swallow Cliff Woods, Thursday October 19
This was our fifth in a series of six walks with Jessica Rock from Palos Park Public Library. We walked out as far as Horsetail Lake, then took the loop trail back to the lot. Some good colors showing, especially the hickories. Much thanks to Doug Chien for information and insights on tree growth and propagation.
So the Julie and I were in Cleveland celebrating an anniversary and missed the weekend activities (and non-activities) in Palos. First trip to Cleveland, first impressions: they have some very long red lights (me) and a lot of churches (Julie). We went for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and stayed for the zoo, Cleveland Botanic Garden, a vintage toy store, an enormous candy store, and much much more. Well worth a visit.
After checkout on Monday we went to Rocky River Reservation, part of the Metro Park system in Cleveland and a recognized Important Bird Area (a designation recently granted to Orland Grassland). Rocky River runs north to Lake Erie, cutting canyons through shale rock along its course. We stepped off the bike path so I could slide down to water level and take some pictures; I slipped in the mud, jammed and twisted my right knee, and have been on ice packs and crutches until today.
The "money shot" is the river pic below, at Rocky River, and it was not worth the consequences of getting it. dang