Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Winter Weekend

I'm realizing that this is my first post in over a month that isn't about some exotic locale. It was a pleasant winter weekend. Saturday night was the annual Sagittarius Party. It was very snowy on Saturday, so attendance was light. I again made mole inspired turkey. I also brought tortilla chips and tomatillo salsa that was a gift from Mark and Rodger.

Sagittarians are easily identified by their purple plumage

Sunday we shoveled. It was such a beautiful day that we decied that a stroll out at the Fen was in order.

Winter Fen scenes

This week, a major hydrology/earthmoving activity will begin at the Fen. It's in a very degraded area that I have not photographed. Pictures and additional explanation forthcoming.

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At 10:41, Blogger robin andrea said...

Happy birthday to all the Sag's in their purple plumage.

The fen does look beautiful in the snow. The sky is always so clear and blue in the winter after a storm. A grand day for a walk.

At 12:53, Blogger Doug said...

Good luck with your excavation.

At 13:53, Anonymous Mark H said...

That's ALWAYS the BEAUTY of a winter storm........hiking (if it ain't ice)...and usually short lived here, glad you had no damage there. Happy B-Day to the Purple Folk. . . Now you can move on and demand that your birthday and Christmas are to be TWO presents, not one. Merry Christmas, Doug and Leon.

At 14:48, Anonymous Anonymous said...


well... I guess it might work. I'm curious about the recipe.

Welcome back!

At 15:17, Blogger Ur-spo said...

"I like Sagittarians. You can trust them!" said Norma Desmond.

Elgin IL is an exotic location for some people.

the fen looks good to me!

At 18:23, Blogger rcwbiologist said...

Happy belated Birthday. The Fen looks beautiful with the snow. What a juxtaposition to the fire pictures I saw when I first started reading your blog. Can't wait to hear about what sounds like a major restoration project there.

At 06:46, Blogger BentonQuest said...

Doug, your pictures of the fen always make me miss Illinois. I never thought I would say that but I do miss the open spaces. Illinois was good at protecting these places (or I was luck to live near those protected spaces).

At 07:54, Blogger Doug Taron said...

Bug Girl- I posted the recipe for the mole inspired turkey last year. You can see it here.


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