state natural area poems #29: renak-polak maple-beech woods

leaves aromatic in the mouth

follow the deer-path where they spread

goldenrod seed afar

renak-polak maple-beech woods is a dry mesic forest with a smaller stand of wet mesic along an intermittent stream. parts have been used and exhibit different stages of re-growth, but much of it is old growth. we followed a maze of deer-paths thru the openings filling with shrubs. we’ll be returning in the spring to see the array of ephemerals that grow here.

thanks to university of wisconsin-parkside for maintaining this patch of woods.

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