Sullen Waters

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Here delicate snow-stars, out of the cloud,
Come floating downward in airy play,
Like spangles dropped from the glistening crowd
That whiten by night the milky way;
There broader and burlier masses fall;
The sullen water buries them all–
Flake after flake–
All drowned in the dark and silent lake.

– Excerpt from “The Snow-Shower” by William Cullen Bryant

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Drought Hay

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Due to this summer’s drought in southern Wisconsin, the Wisconsin DNR has opened up about 160 public areas, comprising about 11,500 acres of grassland and marsh to farmers for haying and grazing.

The land is being offered to drought-stricken farmers on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge.

This bale is one of one hundred or so scattered about the Brooklyn Wildlife Area in Belleville.

The Most Touching of Wounded Objects

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“A stricken tree, a living thing, so beautiful,
so dignified, so admirable in its potential longevity,
is, next to man, perhaps the most touching of wounded objects.”

– Edna Ferber

Vines and Wires

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“The wide world is all about you; you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien

Lost in the Trees

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“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Without Impunity

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Nemo me impune lacessit is Latin for “No one provokes me with impunity”. It is the motto of the Order of the Thistle – a Scottish order of chivalry.

Scotish legend states that long ago, an invading Viking hoard almost caught a sleeping Scottish army by surprise. However, an advancing Viking warrior stepped on a thistle with his bare feet, crying out in pain and waking the Scots, who then soundly defeated the Vikings.

In gratitude, the plant was named the Guardian Thistle and was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.

The thistle also played a role in the Scottish-Independence movie Braveheart. A gift of a thistle clip

“A Gift of a Thistle” composed by Jon Horner for the film can be heard here

The Approaches

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