Thursday, October 2, 2008

Early October Prairie

The brown of the tall grass dominates the prairie at this season, but there are patches of asters (heath aster, aster ericoides?) that lie white on the land like a premonition of frost.


After my noon hour walk in the Lower Arboretum, I rode my bike up to campus and locked it up, as I occasionally do, in front of Mudd, the science building that houses the geology department. Outside, under a great old bur oak and some pines, is this marvelous slab of sandstone that preserves ripple marks from the waves of an ancient sea.

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