sna poems, supplementum #21: indian mounds and trail park

indian mounds and trail park lies on a slope overlooking lake koshkonong in jefferson county. the rock river flows thru the lake and it once looked like a meadow because of all the wild rice and other wetland plants that grew in it.

the mounds here were built somewhere between ca. 200 BCE to 1200 CE by the woodland peoples. some of the mounds are “conical,” while others, like those above and below, are effigy mounds in the shape of birds, and still others in the shape of water spirits.

it was a perfect spring day for a hike with family, and so many spring ephemerals and other flowers were out on display: mayapple, cut-leaved toothwort, virginia bluebells, and the first of the jack-in-the-pulpit, et al. i’d been looking to find cut-leaved toothwort since last spring, so this was a particularly exciting stop.


among the mounds, sun

breaking in. cut-leaved toothwort

low petal shower

state natural area poems, supplementum #3: man mound park

man mound’s horns

appropriately ferned

in spring rain

baraboo river

(Baraboo River, just southeast of Man Mound.)

Man Mound is the last remaining anthropomorphic effigy mound in North America, located in Sauk County near the Lower Narrows of the Baraboo Range. It is one of my favorite places on the earth. If you missed it, I have a new, brief essay set at Man Mound in Commonweal.

I visited yesterday in the cool spring rain. It was glorious.

Thanks to the Sauk County Historical Society for keeping this place. You can support their upkeep here.