This was a day of light brush-cutting, which was the best we could muster on another warm, humid August morn. The mosquitoes were active as well, forcing frequent applications of repellent. Other than that it was a blast, with frequent mushroom sightings and a trek along a drainage where great blue lobelia was spotted.
One of the picnic shelters hosted a church group, and their songs drifted far enough to enhance our enjoyment of the morning. Far more soothing than the music you usually hear in a picnic grove.
Swallow Cliff South Sunday August 29
When I arrived at Sunday morning the northern sky was overcast, and a trace of a rainbow was nestled between two of the white pines nearby. Then rumbles of thunder sounded, followed by light rain.
Our other volunteers all came from north of 95th Street and experienced heavy rain along the way. Bless 'em, they kept driving, undeterred, and by the time we hit the trail the rain had stopped. Apparently the storm passed just north of us, so we got our time in without further threat.
We collected seed from a couple woodland grasses, Joe Pye Weed, and several other natives that were ripe. Many more weren't ready yet, so we'll return in September for another seed day. We've had significant contract work in two sectors of the south woods that may benefit from some of that seed. Much gratitude to Kris DaPra of VRC for her assist on this day.