A winter’s walk

January 20, 2014

What’s to see in Warner Park in winter? Lots.

Ice and shadows. The sculpture of the wild is much more evident now. At night, the moon and stars stand out better than almost anywhere in Madison.

Animals are foraging. American tree sparrows are gathering “weed” seeds in the meadow. Below the ice, fish are eating.

The park sounds different too. The wind through the bare branches, the creaking and groaning of ice and wood. The crackle of frozen grass and brush.

Tim Nelson, our chair, led a group on our first nature walk of the year on Jan. 19, checking bird nests, and tramping into the frozen marsh.

Lorraine Bose sent these photos from the walk, along her thanks for the work our nonprofit group does do “to keep Warner Wild!”

Our Madison Heritage Tree, the Bur Oak, has seen more than 250 winters on this spot. (Lorraine Bose)

Our Madison Heritage Tree, the Bur Oak, has seen more than 250 winters on this spot. (Lorraine Bose)

The wetland behind the dog park. The ice is safe now to walk around Warner's wetland. (Lorraine Bose)

The wetland behind the dog park. The ice is safe now to walk around Warner’s wetland. (Lorraine Bose)

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