Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ice-Bubble Donut Rings Around Inundated Tree Bases: Observations and Speculations

  Following a recent cold snap here in the Eufaula, AL area, I cruised over to the Bradley Unit GTR (in Stewart Co., GA) of the Eufaula NWR to take a few ice-habitat photos.  As I crunched around breaking through the thin ice cover (i.e., 1/8- to ¼-inch thick), I noticed a series of donut-like... Continue reading »
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Upslope – Downslope

The local population of Netted Chain Ferns (Woodwardia areolata), as represented by their persistent fertile fronds, seems to have both an upper limit and a lower limit to their “optimum” distribution pattern. This loblolly pine – hardwood forest stand (Pinus taeda – Liquidambar styraciflua – Quercus sp.) appears to be upslope and upgradient of the... Continue reading »
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Just Right – River Oats

This installment of the “just right” series applies to the woodland grass known commonly as River Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium). The woodland area immediately north of the access road leading to the hunter check station on the Bradley Unit of the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, GA, has thousands of river oats plants growing in the ground... Continue reading »
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Netted Chain Ferns

The 2010 growing season apparently was a good one for the production of fertile fronds by at least one local population of netted chain ferns (Woodwardia areolata). I don’t know if netted chain ferns typically produce fertile fronds every year, but from what I’ve seen so far, 2010 must be a bumper crop year. The... Continue reading »
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