Forgot how much of the stuff grows over by Katydid prairie. Thickets of it, mixed with bittersweet vines holding it in place even after it was cut.
One might think that barberry mixed with bittersweet sounds like some refreshing, fruit-based concoction, a drink or dessert, perhaps. One might be wrong. It's a hideous tangled mess, one that looks much better on a fire than in its natural state.
We had two brush-cutters and one chainsaw running throughout the morning which left us with much to add to the fire. We also had three new volunteers - Jeremie, Alex and Annemarie, who dug in and did an excellent job.
Thanks always to our core group - you know who you are - without you very little happens in Palos.
The first picture below was taken in July on a thistle hunt. The second, taken nearby on November 28, shows the landscape shortly after a controlled burn by a Forest Preserves crew.