Saturday, November 14, 2009

Under the surface


Dancing stumps in a Skeleton of a cedar glade that is usually
under water for much of the year, you can see the "skeleton" of the cedar glade
because most of the lighter gravel and soil have been washed away.
The supporting stone structure is all that is left behind.
This glade would have been part of the Daisy Trail cedar glade systems.



In a shallow pool in the glade,connected 
to the cave systems that underlie this glade
a resident crawdad enjoys some afternoon sunlight.

There are a few flowers lingering along the way
Like these susans
Susan thinks it is springtime,apparently.

And there is a lobelia or two as well


The last leaves flutter away from a giant shumard oak
dancing in the sun adjacent to Daisy trail cedar glades.

Other than that the glade is mostly an array of dried 
seed heads from any number of plants and grasses ,
evidence of extreme lushness in the glades this year.


Let us take a glance back through the seasons 
of 2009 from a viewpoint of this area 
at Daisy Trail cedar glade.

Early spring, leavenworthia stylosa dominates the scene

A little later,and the glade sandwort has stolen the show

late spring flooding ,there were ducks swimming in the glade!

Lets hope next year is even better in the glades,
Many plants here are endangered and the hearty weather
has helped them multiply and spread .


tina said...

Good morning. I think next year is going to be just perfect for the cedar glades and all local ecosystems. This rain this year has set everything up for success and I can't wait to see it. It's great to see flowers blooming here!

J.J. said...

Oh I know I can't wait!
In fact I am in the process
of scouting for out of the way
cedar glade systems to photograph
throughout the seasons this coming
year 2010,this will involve getting
permissions from land owners
for parking and in some cases the
photography itself because the glades
are on private land, finding
unknown trails on satellite,
trekking sometimes a few miles through
dense cedar growth that may or may not be full of copperheads and timber rattlesnakes,
I am so exited!!!

mania said...

Wow its a pleasure seeing these photos.I hope the next year would be more perfect for the Cedar Glades.. And all the best for your photographing throughout the seasons next year. I hope you get permissions from the land owners and everyone.
Excited to see you excited!

Sun Drenched Islands in the Dark Cedars

You may have encountered a cedar glade before if you enjoy walking through the woods in the Nashville Tennessee area, you would have been walking along through the cedars and would have come to a clearing, upon passing through you may have noticed how hot and dry it was,if in summer,or how wet and spongy the limestone gravel was ,if in winter.You may have had many of my own first thoughts , wondering "is this an old lot? perhaps and old road of some sort long degraded" before you started to notice plants you hadn't ever seen in your life,even though you've lived your entire life in the Nashville area, and if you had been lucky enough to happen across one during spring bloom time you'd notice the rainbow of colors blooming on those never before encountered plants, what an exiting place these glades can be!
In truth that place you thought may have been an old lot is a natural limestone clearing, Sometimes tens of thousands of years old , old enough for the plants there to adapt to their unique micro climate.
It's feasible to think that these places have been visited by animals and humans alike, for thousands upon thousands of years, being a natural clearing where one could camp or simply gaze up at the sky,and the way it seems so much bigger in the glades somehow, you can see the whole milky way sparkling there on a clear summer night, these places truly are a gift of natural beauty and diversity and a testament to the strength of life and its ability to adapt.

Sadly most of this rare ecosystem has been lost forever ,and some endemic plants are either extinct or severely endangered, in the past they have been built on ,dumped in,and covered over with rubble, they are inundated by man made lakes and torn apart by people with atv's and four wheelers who do not realize what they are doing.
There may be less than 10% of what cedar glade
there was before the Nashville basin was settled, and that continues to shrink even today, So lets educate our friends in the world of horticulture about our cedar glades.

Here are some resources for Cedar Glade Research:

Cedar Glade Endemic Plants

Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Cedar Glade Wikipedia