OK, I’ll tell you right up front. I wore my old boring plain white New Balance sneakers today. They are cushy. Also, didn’t know what our walk would be like and didn’t want to get any of my new shoes dirty.
I have noticed the Mequon Nature Preserve when we’ve driven by for several years now. There are so many places to take nice walks here that we simply had not gotten around to the nature preserve yet. My gut was not happy this morning so we waited until I felt confident to go out. We didn’t get there until nearly 11:00. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot and a good many people inside the education building. As soon as we were through the doors, I realized that it was a church using the space for worship. The service was over. Andy thought we had come upon a party and headed for the food table. He was intercepted by a very friendly man who introduced himself and invited us to return for the service next week. They must be accustomed to having hikers drop in.
I picked up a trail map from a stand near the door and we headed out. Oh, before we go, something interesting. The mission of the Mequon Nature Preserve is to acquire the land and return one square mile of Ozaukee County to its pre-European state. Wisconsin was forest. Settlers cut down the trees for the wood to build houses, furniture, tools, and fires in the fireplaces and cook stoves. They plowed the land for their crops and pastures. Now, they have a one-hundred-year plan to restore the land to its natural state.
I am not going to attempt to identify all these yellow daisy-like flowers. It’s getting late.
All the yellow flowers, well most, were in the wetlands area. Then we followed the trails between corn fields to he observation tower.
There are still more trails to explore so we’ll go back.
Lovely flowers! For the first time in years we have come across pink clover on our travels instead of just white. Still no sighting of a four leave clover though.
Odd. I wonder if the colors are regional. I don’t recall ever thinking about where I am when they are white or when they are blue. I’m going to have to start paying more attention. You reminded me. I would spend hours and hours looking for four-leaf clover when I was a kid. Singing the song. “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before”.
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I wondered if it was something to do with the soil like our hydrangeas over here. I’ve been fascinated with the colour of poppies here since we arrived two years ago….. red of course, but white, orange , purple and pink!
I am familiar with the color of hydrangeas depending on the acidity of the soil, but never considered that a factor with other flowers. The US Arboretum web site mentions petunias and moring glories also changing with aciditiy. That page also says they are messing with the plant’s genes to make any color imaginable.
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You have a keen eye. Thanks for taking me along during your amble.
It was lovely having you along Bernadette. At least, it was nice knowing I was going to share the pictures.
Beautiful photos, Dinata, and how wonderful to hear of the 100 year plan to return the area to it’s natural, pre-European state. That’s a big, long-term project. It’s good that nowadays, some people are showing so much more concern for the environment.
I was very impressed with such a long-range plan. I hope all the property owners in that one-square mile are going to cooperate. Wisconsin is “America’s Dairyland” and the whole region was dairy farms. One of the things that makes this area so charming is the abundance of old farm houses and dairy barns. I suppose I’m not going to be around long enough to see it returned to forest, however, there are a few small trees sprouting up here and there amongst the prairie flowers.