bluff creek is fed by hardwater springs and seepages from a morainal ridge. the surroundings contain mound fens, dry-mesic woods, wet-mesic prairie, and sedge meadow. it’s a watery and grassy melange! one of the season’s first sticking snowfalls decorated the terrain for the morning’s hike.
wild thrushes over the spring run
and snow-capped goldenrod bowing
the fen-world opens its cold, wet arms
waxwings in the birch grove, a crest
flexes and relaxes—to the branch,
buckthorn berry in beak
thanks to wisconsin’s dnr for tending this land and its many water features.