Once the seed drops…
In urban landscapes the Burning Bush (Euonymous alatus) has been popular for its bright red color in the fall. Favored in the landscape, it is cursed in the wild places. The invasive nature of Burning Bush has become a threat, especially to urban wild places.
Barb, Lorene and I played in Black Hawk State Park, http://www.blackhawkpark.org/ growing up in Rock Island, Illinois. I’ve played in the park since the ‘50s and still wander the trails through all of the seasons.
This urban forest, bordered by the Rock River and surrounded by urban areas contains many mature native hardwoods and a forest understory rich with native wildflowers in the spring, colors and textures of deep shade in the summer, brilliant fall foliage and the quite solitude of winter.
Black Hawk is very much as it was when it was home to the Sauk and Fox, mostly, except for an ever increasing threat of what has become invasive, the Burning Bush, brought to the park from the urban landscape surrounding it. Volunteers routinely gather in the park to remove non native, invasive species in an attempt to keep this wild place wild.
Mill Street Galleries, http://www.mill-street.com, and its partners all share a connection to nature. Much of what comes to us as inspiration comes to us from nature. For us, our earliest memories of wild nature comes from Black Hawk Park and to those who continue to preserve those memories we have chosen the park as a place we support and have donated to help fund the activities of the volunteers.
If you love wild places, if they are special to you, please consider supporting them. Volunteer, donate, share your favorite places with others and share them here on The Front Porch.
Thank You, Barb, Lorene and Bob