Along the Great River Road

This weekend, we ventured along the Great River Road to Pere Marquette State Park to marvel at autumn’s fireworks.  This state park is just outside of Grafton, Illinois (motorcycle heaven) near the fork of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  We took a relaxing hike in the woods among several trees including Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis), and Sassafras (Sassafras albidum), to name a few.  (Bring a tree identification key the next time you wander in the woods.  Know your neighbors so that you can appreciate them better.)   I highly recommend this beautiful area this time of year.  But don’t worry, if you miss the fall colors, the bald eagles will begin arriving to the area for the winter.

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

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Hey Mac, Sumac

Just enjoying our rapidly developing autumn here in Missouri.  I’m fairly certain that this is Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum), one of four sumac species found in Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Not all sumac is Poison Sumac.  But most sumac looks vibrant in the fall.  Grow Native!

Winged Sumac information from the MDC HERE.