August 8, 2011

Monthly Great Meadows Walk - August

Blue vervain spires
Saturday, August 20
9-11 am
Led by Cherrie Corey, local naturalist
and photographer

The progression of blossoms up flowering spires, sounds of crickets and cicadas, the busying swirl 
of dragonflies and butterflies, and gathering flocks of blackbirds all signal the waning days of summer.   Join us for a taste of this beautiful and 
bountiful summer landscape.

Cardinal flower reflections

Meet at GMNWR in Concord, MA

No pre-registration required.  A $5/person voluntary donation will be gratefully accepted.
Co-sponsored by Musketaquid Arts and Environment Program and Friends of the Assabet River NWR 
For questions, email

August 6, 2011

Cardinal Flowers Ablaze

Cardinal flowers along the Concord River, opposite GMNWR

"The cardinals in the ditch make a splendid show now, though they would have been much fresher and finer a week ago...They look like slender plumes of soldiers advancing in a dense troop...That is the most splendid show of cardinal-flowers I ever saw."  - Thoreau, Journal, August 27, 1856
Cardinal flowers are coming into bloom on-time this year and, echoing Thoreau's 1856 observation, it is the most splendid show many of us have ever seen.