Sep. 10, 2021

Natural succession

The moment was even more colorful than this image reveals. Blue sky, green trees, blue and green water, and purple witch grass. This is the old gravel pit area in the southwest part of Ives preserve. It has been fun watching the succession of plants here as nature reclaims the property. Witch grass is an early arrival. It is a tumble grass. A little later in the season it will dry, the stems will break free, and they will blow across open areas to spread their seed. This was a good year for it because the water level was low and there were no larger plants in this spot to impede its progress. In the rest of the pit taller species are now established and witch grass has been largely replaced.