The winterscape of the prairie is beginning to break. Spots of green signal the change of seasons.
The green is starting to creep in as the temperatures warm up.
Trees are now leafed out, the grasses are getting tall.
Flowers are just beginning to bloom, the grasses are getting tall, starting to hide the tree guards scattered through the field.
The front field is abloom with wildflowers, rattlesnake master, oxeye sunflower, bee balm.
The late season wildflowers are blooming queen Anne's lace, grey headed coneflower, blue lobelia. The grasses are beginning to tire and change to gold.
Construction has begun! The new paved ADA accessible trail will wander through the prairie and the woods allowing access to the park for everyone. The goldenrod has burst into bloom and it's beginning to feel like fall.
The leaves are changing at last! The bright colors in the trees, the last flowers are blooming, squirrels dash about gathering food for the winter.
Everything is that cool restful brown. The seed pods are empty, the deer tracks are heavy, the strong winds have brought a cool crispness to the world.
The snow covered ground really shows where the changes are being made, especially where the path now enters the woods. The goldenrod pods blow in the breeze as the next big snow starts fluttering down.
The snow flying, covering the deer tracks along the path. As the snow falls, the stalks of goldenrod begin to topple. January always brings with it a feeling of a new start, finishing with the old, preparing for new.
Freezing temperatures in early February were abruptly disturbed as mid February has gone through a warm spell. To get to this area I sunk down in the mud all the way to the permafrost (about 3inches of mud). While winter is still here, spring is hinting that it's waiting just around the corner.