Owing to a very late spring, the Marsh Marigolds pictured to the left--one of the many wetlands plants the marsh features--remained in beautiful bloom.
Lodi Marsh is owned by the DNR and became in 2002 a State Natural Area. In addition to the Skunk Cabbage--pictured on the right--that informs the area, the marsh also supports a number of threatened prairie moths I hope to get pictures of early in August.
Beth works to get this site included on the Ramsar List, marking the area as a wetland of international significance. You can at this site read a bit about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, signed in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran.
I posted photograhs from this area of prairie (Burr Oak) and wetland (Marsh Cat Tails) through which flows Spring Creek, whose cool, spring-fed waters support native Brown Trout.
I will return over the summer to this area and plan to add more photographs to the slide show and to land a trout or two.
My Botany friend Beth asked me to add the following photograph of the plentiful granite rocks scattered throughout the marsh area. She wrote me that "these are small glacial rocks in the stream created by the springs, which form the heart of the hydrology of these calcareous fens. Because this area was at the very edge of the glacier, and at the edge of the Driftless Area, the limestone bedrock is intact and visible on the bluffs. The small rounded granite rocks were deposited by a thin layer of glaciar covering the limestone bedrock."
On May 27, I made a quick trip to Lodi Marsh and took more photographs, mostly of the flowers, for I experiment with a new macro camera lens. You can view these new shots on the link to the photography slide show.
I had planned some fishing, but Linda, my wife, and I took long walk instead on the trail and then slipped down to the marsh--tall grass and some tricky footing shorted the trip. We will wear boots next time.
I will return in a month.
The following flower appealed in particular to me.