Now in our 67th year - Dedicated to Protecting, Preserving and Promoting
The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
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Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
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Pine cones on willows? - they look like cones but contain a surprise. Article.
WE like March, his shoes are purple,
He is new and high;
Makes he mud for dog and peddler,
Makes he forest dry;
Knows the adder’s tongue his coming,
And begets her spot.
Stands the sun so close and mighty
That our minds are hot.
News is he of all the others;
Bold it were to die
With the blue-birds buccaneering
On his British sky.
“In every puzzling thing we see in nature, our interpretation, colored by the bias of our human viewpoint, needs to be carefully subjected to careful scrutiny. This exactness of personal observation in a world of hurried, unseeing glances is a thread that runs through the work of the best of the succeeding generations of nature writers. When John Muir started his thousand-mile walk to the Gulf in the wake of the civil war, his botany professor at the University of Wisconsin offered him a copy of Virgil’s poems to take with him. Muir declined. He said he wanted to see nature freshly and exactly and through his own eyes."
Edwin Way Teale, from A Walk Through the Year.