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  • The winter scene here is a specialized type of oak savanna I've affectionately come to call a 'perched oak savanna'. It's a unique situation where a marl fen meadow is bordered on one side by a ridge of stratified glacial gravel and till known as an esker. This glacially-derived landform's rocky, shallow, and fast-draining soil was an ideal choice for prairie/savanna flora and their characteristic bur oaks to colonize during the western prairie's extension into Ohio. The savanna sits perched, hence the name, above the expanse of fen and forms a fascinating ecotone of high-quality calcareous wetland and native grassland that grades into a mature oak/hickory forest. The scene is more obvious and easier to appreciate during the winter months when the centuries old, gnarled bur oaks (some white and chinquapin as well) stand out on the raised esker in their naked forms. When this site was discovered a number of decades ago, the esker and woodland was choked with bush honeysuckle. Once cleared the area was burned with a hunch the large, open-grown oaks harbored something special in its seed bank. Sure enough, the esker's gravelly slopes and ridge came alive with a diversity of indigenous prairie flora, including a handful of rarities, long dormant in the soil below. I'm hard pressed to think of many, if any other places two such nice examples of my favorite habitats (fen and oak savanna) come together so perfectly in my home state. The third photo is a view from the esker/savanna into the fen bowl; the last photo a reversed view of the third.

#Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #Landscape #InstaLandscape #InstaNature #InstaBotany #PlantsOfInstagram #Botany #RareHabitat #OakSavanna #Grassland #Prairie #Glacier #Esker #FenMeadow #Wetland #GallagherFen #Winter #Fen #RarePlants #OhioExplored #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • The winter scene here is a specialized type of oak savanna I've affectionately come to call a 'perched oak savanna'. It's a unique situation where a marl fen meadow is bordered on one side by a ridge of stratified glacial gravel and till known as an esker. This glacially-derived landform's rocky, shallow, and fast-draining soil was an ideal choice for prairie/savanna flora and their characteristic bur oaks to colonize during the western prairie's extension into Ohio. The savanna sits perched, hence the name, above the expanse of fen and forms a fascinating ecotone of high-quality calcareous wetland and native grassland that grades into a mature oak/hickory forest. The scene is more obvious and easier to appreciate during the winter months when the centuries old, gnarled bur oaks (some white and chinquapin as well) stand out on the raised esker in their naked forms. When this site was discovered a number of decades ago, the esker and woodland was choked with bush honeysuckle. Once cleared the area was burned with a hunch the large, open-grown oaks harbored something special in its seed bank. Sure enough, the esker's gravelly slopes and ridge came alive with a diversity of indigenous prairie flora, including a handful of rarities, long dormant in the soil below. I'm hard pressed to think of many, if any other places two such nice examples of my favorite habitats (fen and oak savanna) come together so perfectly in my home state. The third photo is a view from the esker/savanna into the fen bowl; the last photo a reversed view of the third.

    #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #Landscape #InstaLandscape #InstaNature #InstaBotany #PlantsOfInstagram #Botany #RareHabitat #OakSavanna #Grassland #Prairie #Glacier #Esker #FenMeadow #Wetland #GallagherFen #Winter #Fen #RarePlants #OhioExplored #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • 551 6 23 February, 2019

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  • At the park on Buena Vista Rd. The sun came out for about 5 days with temps in the 70’s after snow and below freezing for over a month, which sounds funny to say here in Oregon because that’s not much of a winter when January and the fall are so warm, but it’s now officially Spring. The Japanese plums have bloomed and all the early bulbs. No going back now even though it’s supposed to be down in the 30’s at night this week. #oregonexplored #pnw #willamettevalley #countyparks #springtime #oaktree #oaksavanna
  • At the park on Buena Vista Rd. The sun came out for about 5 days with temps in the 70’s after snow and below freezing for over a month, which sounds funny to say here in Oregon because that’s not much of a winter when January and the fall are so warm, but it’s now officially Spring. The Japanese plums have bloomed and all the early bulbs. No going back now even though it’s supposed to be down in the 30’s at night this week. #oregonexplored #pnw #willamettevalley #countyparks #springtime #oaktree #oaksavanna
  • 14 0 21 hours ago
  • Usually, this is syrup season (this pic is from last year), but the massive swings in the weather have us concerned. 🍁
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You need temps below freezing at night and then above freezing during the day to get sap to flow. The pressure change due to temperature shift is what makes that infamous drip drip drip in the sap bucket. 💧
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We went from the polar vortex, to freezing rain, to solid 40 degree days. Looking ahead at the forecast I see no chance to tap for sap in the next 10 days. 😭
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Maple syrup is a major product for our customers. Not being able to make and sell it this year brings us pause. Climate change is fundamentally changing the seasonality of things right before our eyes. 😭
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I’m still holding out hope. All my gear is prepped just in case. Anyone else experiencing this weird sap season? 🥞
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#regenerativeagriculture #regenerativefarming #maplesyrup #syrupseason #sugarbush #foodforest #oaksavanna #permaculture #wisconsinfarm #stopclimatechange #homesteading #homesteadinglife #farmher #womeninag #iamamodernfarmer
  • Usually, this is syrup season (this pic is from last year), but the massive swings in the weather have us concerned. 🍁
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    You need temps below freezing at night and then above freezing during the day to get sap to flow. The pressure change due to temperature shift is what makes that infamous drip drip drip in the sap bucket. 💧
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    We went from the polar vortex, to freezing rain, to solid 40 degree days. Looking ahead at the forecast I see no chance to tap for sap in the next 10 days. 😭
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    Maple syrup is a major product for our customers. Not being able to make and sell it this year brings us pause. Climate change is fundamentally changing the seasonality of things right before our eyes. 😭
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    I’m still holding out hope. All my gear is prepped just in case. Anyone else experiencing this weird sap season? 🥞
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    #regenerativeagriculture #regenerativefarming #maplesyrup #syrupseason #sugarbush #foodforest #oaksavanna #permaculture #wisconsinfarm #stopclimatechange #homesteading #homesteadinglife #farmher #womeninag #iamamodernfarmer
  • 114 35 17 March, 2019
  • Woody invasive species removal can be hugely rewarding when you compare areas completed (left) with areas untouched (right) like on this project. Swipe left to see some beautiful oaks previously hidden by buckthorn here. 
And, stay tuned tomorrow for a look at a neat hydrologic feature on a current winter project. #neature
  • Woody invasive species removal can be hugely rewarding when you compare areas completed (left) with areas untouched (right) like on this project. Swipe left to see some beautiful oaks previously hidden by buckthorn here.
    And, stay tuned tomorrow for a look at a neat hydrologic feature on a current winter project. #neature
  • 29 2 13 March, 2019
  • Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
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#favequotes #buckminsterfuller #liveoak #agroecology #oaksavanna #gratitude #bewareofalligators
  • Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren't any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn't be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life's challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
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    #favequotes #buckminsterfuller #liveoak #agroecology #oaksavanna #gratitude #bewareofalligators
  • 38 0 11 March, 2019
  • The snow was deep, as was the adventure. Skhking (ski-hiking) in the oak savanna at Uncas Dunes SNA today.

#mnsna #oaksavanna #mnwinter
  • The snow was deep, as was the adventure. Skhking (ski-hiking) in the oak savanna at Uncas Dunes SNA today.

    #mnsna #oaksavanna #mnwinter
  • 27 0 2 March, 2019
  • The winter scene here is a specialized type of oak savanna I've affectionately come to call a 'perched oak savanna'. It's a unique situation where a marl fen meadow is bordered on one side by a ridge of stratified glacial gravel and till known as an esker. This glacially-derived landform's rocky, shallow, and fast-draining soil was an ideal choice for prairie/savanna flora and their characteristic bur oaks to colonize during the western prairie's extension into Ohio. The savanna sits perched, hence the name, above the expanse of fen and forms a fascinating ecotone of high-quality calcareous wetland and native grassland that grades into a mature oak/hickory forest. The scene is more obvious and easier to appreciate during the winter months when the centuries old, gnarled bur oaks (some white and chinquapin as well) stand out on the raised esker in their naked forms. When this site was discovered a number of decades ago, the esker and woodland was choked with bush honeysuckle. Once cleared the area was burned with a hunch the large, open-grown oaks harbored something special in its seed bank. Sure enough, the esker's gravelly slopes and ridge came alive with a diversity of indigenous prairie flora, including a handful of rarities, long dormant in the soil below. I'm hard pressed to think of many, if any other places two such nice examples of my favorite habitats (fen and oak savanna) come together so perfectly in my home state. The third photo is a view from the esker/savanna into the fen bowl; the last photo a reversed view of the third.

#Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #Landscape #InstaLandscape #InstaNature #InstaBotany #PlantsOfInstagram #Botany #RareHabitat #OakSavanna #Grassland #Prairie #Glacier #Esker #FenMeadow #Wetland #GallagherFen #Winter #Fen #RarePlants #OhioExplored #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • The winter scene here is a specialized type of oak savanna I've affectionately come to call a 'perched oak savanna'. It's a unique situation where a marl fen meadow is bordered on one side by a ridge of stratified glacial gravel and till known as an esker. This glacially-derived landform's rocky, shallow, and fast-draining soil was an ideal choice for prairie/savanna flora and their characteristic bur oaks to colonize during the western prairie's extension into Ohio. The savanna sits perched, hence the name, above the expanse of fen and forms a fascinating ecotone of high-quality calcareous wetland and native grassland that grades into a mature oak/hickory forest. The scene is more obvious and easier to appreciate during the winter months when the centuries old, gnarled bur oaks (some white and chinquapin as well) stand out on the raised esker in their naked forms. When this site was discovered a number of decades ago, the esker and woodland was choked with bush honeysuckle. Once cleared the area was burned with a hunch the large, open-grown oaks harbored something special in its seed bank. Sure enough, the esker's gravelly slopes and ridge came alive with a diversity of indigenous prairie flora, including a handful of rarities, long dormant in the soil below. I'm hard pressed to think of many, if any other places two such nice examples of my favorite habitats (fen and oak savanna) come together so perfectly in my home state. The third photo is a view from the esker/savanna into the fen bowl; the last photo a reversed view of the third.

    #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePhotography #IGNature #Landscape #InstaLandscape #InstaNature #InstaBotany #PlantsOfInstagram #Botany #RareHabitat #OakSavanna #Grassland #Prairie #Glacier #Esker #FenMeadow #Wetland #GallagherFen #Winter #Fen #RarePlants #OhioExplored #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • 551 6 23 February, 2019
  • Located just west of Toledo, the Oak Openings encompasses one of Ohio's (and the world's) most rare and endangered of ecosystems and is home to the highest concentration of the state's rare plants/animals. Comprised of over 150 square miles of oak savanna and sand barrens mixed with intermittent wet meadows/prairie, this complex ecosystem sits on a very sandy soil matrix over top an impermeable layer of clay. Around 14,000 years ago as the most recent glacial epoch was winding to a close, the newly carved Great Lakes basin filled with melt water from the massive receding ice sheets and began to shape the landscape as we see it today. As the ice shelf shifted and water levels fluctuated, a distinct sequence of pre-Erie lakes formed: each leaving behind a specific series of sand dunes and 'beaches' as the waters receded to current-day levels. The oak openings were laid down roughly 12,000 years ago during the time of Lake Warren, which was significantly larger than today's Lake Erie. After Lake Warren's water level dropped due to the opening of the now ice-free Niagara outlet, its beaches and wind-blown dunes were left high and dry as the only evidence of the ancient glacial lake: the Oak Openings. Sadly, much of the region's natural glory has been developed into urban or agricultural prospects but some select places have been preserved. Come spring you can find the rare wild lupine (Lupinus perennis) blooming en masse across the rolling dunes; summer brings wildflowers galore like grass pink orchids (Calopogon tuberosus) and colicroot (Aletris farinosa); while fall shows off its fringed gentians (Gentianopsis crinita). The entire region is utterly fascinating and worth exploring any time of the year!

#Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePreserve #NaturePhotography #Landscape #IGNature #InstaNature #PlantsOfInstagram #Botany #Wildflowers #Lupine #SandDunes #Wetlands #Oaks #Orchids #Biodiversity #OakOpenings #GloballyRare #Ecology #KittyTodd #DuneFlora #OakSavanna #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #OhioExplored #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • Located just west of Toledo, the Oak Openings encompasses one of Ohio's (and the world's) most rare and endangered of ecosystems and is home to the highest concentration of the state's rare plants/animals. Comprised of over 150 square miles of oak savanna and sand barrens mixed with intermittent wet meadows/prairie, this complex ecosystem sits on a very sandy soil matrix over top an impermeable layer of clay. Around 14,000 years ago as the most recent glacial epoch was winding to a close, the newly carved Great Lakes basin filled with melt water from the massive receding ice sheets and began to shape the landscape as we see it today. As the ice shelf shifted and water levels fluctuated, a distinct sequence of pre-Erie lakes formed: each leaving behind a specific series of sand dunes and 'beaches' as the waters receded to current-day levels. The oak openings were laid down roughly 12,000 years ago during the time of Lake Warren, which was significantly larger than today's Lake Erie. After Lake Warren's water level dropped due to the opening of the now ice-free Niagara outlet, its beaches and wind-blown dunes were left high and dry as the only evidence of the ancient glacial lake: the Oak Openings. Sadly, much of the region's natural glory has been developed into urban or agricultural prospects but some select places have been preserved. Come spring you can find the rare wild lupine (Lupinus perennis) blooming en masse across the rolling dunes; summer brings wildflowers galore like grass pink orchids (Calopogon tuberosus) and colicroot (Aletris farinosa); while fall shows off its fringed gentians (Gentianopsis crinita). The entire region is utterly fascinating and worth exploring any time of the year!

    #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #NaturePreserve #NaturePhotography #Landscape #IGNature #InstaNature #PlantsOfInstagram #Botany #Wildflowers #Lupine #SandDunes #Wetlands #Oaks #Orchids #Biodiversity #OakOpenings #GloballyRare #Ecology #KittyTodd #DuneFlora #OakSavanna #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #OhioExplored #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • 991 25 13 February, 2019
  • Over 99% of the Ohio's indigenous prairie at the time of settlement has long been lost to the plow and/or succession. This makes a special type of grassland known as an oak savanna one of the state's rarest natural habitats. Occurring in our historical tall grass prairie regions of Ohio, oak savanna occurred in the tension areas between forest and prairie as well as in areas of grassland where fire didn't occur at as regular an interval. Immense and ancient bur/white/post oaks create an open, park-like grove of trees with enough sunlight hitting the ground to allow prairie grasses, sedges and forbs to occur and thrive. Only a handful of sites remain in the state today that exhibit high-quality examples of this jewel of an ecosystem. Without regular burns and management our oak savannas quickly fill in and their characteristic grassland flora is pushed into the seed bank. The two sites featured here are exceptionally nice examples. Photos 1 and 3 are of Daughter Savanna state nature preserve; 2 one in the Darby Plains looking lush one spring after a prescribed burn earlier in the year. The two sites featured here have never been plowed and contain the original prairie sod along with some oaks 300+ years in age. Ancient sentinels of the grasslands they are... #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #IGNature #NaturePhotography #Landscape #IGBotany #InstaNature #PlantsOfInstagram #InstaLandscape #Botany #Ecology #Grassland #Prairie #OakSavanna #BurOak #DarbyPlains #RareHabitat #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #OhioExplored #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • Over 99% of the Ohio's indigenous prairie at the time of settlement has long been lost to the plow and/or succession. This makes a special type of grassland known as an oak savanna one of the state's rarest natural habitats. Occurring in our historical tall grass prairie regions of Ohio, oak savanna occurred in the tension areas between forest and prairie as well as in areas of grassland where fire didn't occur at as regular an interval. Immense and ancient bur/white/post oaks create an open, park-like grove of trees with enough sunlight hitting the ground to allow prairie grasses, sedges and forbs to occur and thrive. Only a handful of sites remain in the state today that exhibit high-quality examples of this jewel of an ecosystem. Without regular burns and management our oak savannas quickly fill in and their characteristic grassland flora is pushed into the seed bank. The two sites featured here are exceptionally nice examples. Photos 1 and 3 are of Daughter Savanna state nature preserve; 2 one in the Darby Plains looking lush one spring after a prescribed burn earlier in the year. The two sites featured here have never been plowed and contain the original prairie sod along with some oaks 300+ years in age. Ancient sentinels of the grasslands they are... #Nature #NatureGram #NatureLovers #IGNature #NaturePhotography #Landscape #IGBotany #InstaNature #PlantsOfInstagram #InstaLandscape #Botany #Ecology #Grassland #Prairie #OakSavanna #BurOak #DarbyPlains #RareHabitat #Ohio #OhioBotany #OhioNature #OhioExplored #ALGibson #TheBuckeyeBotanist
  • 770 18 11 February, 2019
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I'll be complaining every day about Winter, until it's Spring 😂 I'm not even sorry. 💚🌞
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    I'll be complaining every day about Winter, until it's Spring 😂 I'm not even sorry. 💚🌞
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  • 94 6 5 February, 2019
  • Little bluestem - (Schizachyrium scoparium) 
A key species in the #oakopenings #oaksavanna 🌾🍁
  • Little bluestem - (Schizachyrium scoparium)
    A key species in the #oakopenings #oaksavanna 🌾🍁
  • 15 0 21 January, 2019
  • ** Photo Series** About 2 months ago I shared some photos on insta of my favorite park, Malibu Creek State Park, pre Malibu fire. During my winter break I had the opportunity to return to the park after the fire blazed through the area. It was a difficult scene to take into for sure. The golden grass and brushy understory, typical of oak savanna, was entirely gone. Hills, mountains, and forest floor were charred and ash-covered. However, there were many positives to take away as well. The large valley oaks that dominate the landscape remained largely intact. I was concerned that the burnt understory would disperse the large winter sparrow flocks and California Quail covies. But to my surprise the flocks were feeding, and the quails were roaming. In fact, the park was alive with birds. The park service was also hard at work protecting native plant species from further damage, wrapping saplings in protective mesh. It was a troubling yet inspiring scene, watching this fire resistant ecosystem walk the natural road to recovery. Get well soon Malibu Creek! More critter photos to come.

#malibu #malibufire #malibucreekstatepark #southerncalifornia #oaksavanna #californiaparks #statepark #fireecology #naturephotography #naturephotographer #naturephotos #photojournalism #conservation #conservationstories #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephoto #naturelovers
  • ** Photo Series** About 2 months ago I shared some photos on insta of my favorite park, Malibu Creek State Park, pre Malibu fire. During my winter break I had the opportunity to return to the park after the fire blazed through the area. It was a difficult scene to take into for sure. The golden grass and brushy understory, typical of oak savanna, was entirely gone. Hills, mountains, and forest floor were charred and ash-covered. However, there were many positives to take away as well. The large valley oaks that dominate the landscape remained largely intact. I was concerned that the burnt understory would disperse the large winter sparrow flocks and California Quail covies. But to my surprise the flocks were feeding, and the quails were roaming. In fact, the park was alive with birds. The park service was also hard at work protecting native plant species from further damage, wrapping saplings in protective mesh. It was a troubling yet inspiring scene, watching this fire resistant ecosystem walk the natural road to recovery. Get well soon Malibu Creek! More critter photos to come.

    #malibu #malibufire #malibucreekstatepark #southerncalifornia #oaksavanna #californiaparks #statepark #fireecology #naturephotography #naturephotographer #naturephotos #photojournalism #conservation #conservationstories #wildlifephotography #wildlifeconservation #wildlifephoto #naturelovers
  • 72 4 8 January, 2019
  • Icy New Years Eve parents-only hike. Thanks @shenannygains!
  • Icy New Years Eve parents-only hike. Thanks @shenannygains!
  • 69 3 6 January, 2019
  • Oak savanna restoration - excellent example at Holy Wisdom #oaksavanna. Sumac fields void of all berries (compared to huge supply at Gibraltar Rock State Park)
  • Oak savanna restoration - excellent example at Holy Wisdom #oaksavanna . Sumac fields void of all berries (compared to huge supply at Gibraltar Rock State Park)
  • 10 0 4 January, 2019
  • Winter in the Midwest is is quickly competing for my favorite season. There is nothing like a clear crisp blue sky, below freezing temps, and the quiet patience and contentment of winter dormancy.  #minnesota #oaksavanna #prairies
  • Winter in the Midwest is is quickly competing for my favorite season. There is nothing like a clear crisp blue sky, below freezing temps, and the quiet patience and contentment of winter dormancy. #minnesota #oaksavanna #prairies
  • 44 0 4 January, 2019
  • Goodbye Loess Hills, oak savannas, blue skies, and lower Midwest. Already miss you🖤
  • Goodbye Loess Hills, oak savannas, blue skies, and lower Midwest. Already miss you🖤
  • 23 2 2 January, 2019