Prairie Oaks in December

If you are lucky, a walk at Prairie Oaks in December can mean white Sycamores against a deep blue sky.

The Sycamores come into their own this time of the year revealing beautiful patterns in their bark. Other than the Sycamores, you may see a tree that has gone completely unnoticed when the leaves are out but now the low sun really makes patterns in it’s bark stand out. You are a bit annoyed when its identity remains a mystery.

The Big Darby runs high as a result of recent rains but unlike the Scioto remains fairly clear. I wonder what if anything is biting biting.

On this December day the woods remain quiet. The low sun, even at mid-day, accounts for the beautiful sky, but unless it’s behind you, makes it a challenge to see birds.  Even so, we see a Carolina Wren silently playing hide and seek in the low brush and a Brown Creeper not far away. Across one of the park ponds we see some Gadwalls, a not so common sight for us, and then without the leaves overhead easily spot a Red-tailed Hawk flying.

Twilight extends far into the afternoon and we start making our way back to our starting point but not before we’re entertained by a sculpture courtesy of one of the resident Beavers.

Sycamore Trees - Nov

. Gadwalls - Prairie Oaks

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Fungus - Prairie Oaks

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Carolina Wren - Prairie Oaks

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Beaver Sculpture - Prairie Oaks

. Amazing Tree Bark - Prairie Oaks

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Thanks for stopping by.

5 Comments on “Prairie Oaks in December

  1. Bob, That caterpillar looking bark has me stumped. Not in my Michigan tree book. I’ll have to check the Sibley book for North America…I’ll let you know. — Lou

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