I set out for a "short" walk this afternoon and found myself detouring up to the Arboretum. It was a beautiful day for a walk, sunny and just above freezing. It was a bit disorienting, though. Not only because the Arboretum is under a couple feet of snow, but because many of the familiar trees and landmarks have been razed as a result of a prairie and savanna restoration project.
Having been on numerous guided walks at the Arb, I understand the need to eliminate invasive species and thin out dense undergrowth. Still, it's a bit sad to see so much gone. The work is supposed to increase the diversity and blooming of prairie and savanna wildflowers (read more). Here are a couple of shots of the sun through some of the trees along the edge of Greene Prairie.