state natural area poems #49: carver-roehl woods

carver-roehl woods is a dry mesic wood with limestone cliffs cut by spring brook creek. (this spring brook feeds into turtle creek and is not to be confused with the spring brook that feeds into the rock river directly in janesville.) the cliffs support less common plant communities, while the woods have mature oaks, hop hornbeam, ash, and ironwood, with red and white pine on the high ridge above the eastern bank’s cliffs. the site lies on ground moraine from a glaciation before the last. gorgeous.

a.

limestone cliffs before sunrise

on spring brook not of my youth

skirting along the ridge

b.

a log bridge to this rock seat:

red cedar, white oak,

the creek playing mason

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