state natural area poems #34: clifford messinger dry prairie and savanna preserve (waukesha cty)

ridging delicate till

distant rifles echo

root-wad drops new life

check out that bedewed spiderweb across the moss-branches!

clifford messinger dry prairie and savanna preserve is actually thirteen various sites that include prairie and oak opening thru-out the kettle-moraine area. a delightful walk, though a bit of trepidation as deer-hunting season has opened and we hiked to the near-constant sound of gunfire. but i am glad for the support hunters give our wild and natural spaces, don’t get me wrong! gorgeous pines leading into the prairie under autumn skies.

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