Friday, January 8, 2010

"Nashville snow" and a success in Daisy trail cedar glade.

"Nashville snow" and a success for Daisy trail cedar glade.

Daisy trail cedar glade is a beautiful
and diverse area at the end of my own street,
I have been visiting this glade since 
we moved into this home and this
is the first time I have seen it in the snow
albeit a "Nashville snow" that's barely
dusted the grass.

While their leafy friends are deeply dreaming,
These stunted eastern red cedars
are wide awake and playing in 
the snow.

The exposed bedrock has a nice
white covering of fresh snow.

As do the karst areas between the hickories
that surround the glade.

Amazing textures in a broken sheet
of ice that had covered a pool which drained
away, deer most likely broke the ice.

Snow dusted moss covers the rocks in the
margins of the glade.

Frozen mud creates textures in the 
ice by a frozen pool.

Most of the nearby percy preist lake has 
been drained to winter low levels
and frozen over.

*And now for the small success*

That's right, Daisy trail cedar glade is now protected!
not that I can officially  take any credit,
but i don't know anyone else who has been
blogging about this out of the way unknown
cedar glade ,cataloging its rare and
endangered endemics, and sending emails and
letters to the state of Tennessee on it's behalf (eh hmm).

In reality the area spoke for itself when
surveyed at some point, it is a small
but diverse glade area and
one surrouded by flooded
out caves which  surely harbor
their own oddities.
 What this brand new sign basically means 


Is that people are now prohibited to damage stuff 
up in Daisy trail cedar glade,a subject which
has frustrated me for 3 years of
watching people dump,drive through,cut donuts
on atv's in,burn,steal from,and(gasp) even MOW
once two years ago. yup someone MOWED this cedar glade,
the area abutts several neighborhoods
and the kids play there often,
someone was also overly happy with their riding mower.
None of these people even know what a cedar glade is!!

well THAT is the point of this blog.

Because this area borders the lake,and hunting
and fishing are allowed there, it won't become 
a Glade reserve area such as Flat Rock,
Mt View, or Couchville glade, but there
is now a hefty fine for anyone doing 
the aforementioned actions.

so it's a happy day for Daisy Trail Cedar Glade


tina said...

A happy day for sure. A victory for your native cedar glade. I hope it cuts down on misdoings in the park and I want to say great job on petitioning the state on behalf of the glade! You must travel to it today or this week and really see the snow. We got 6" here. But I do really like the dusting and ice you pictured. You have a great and snowy and bright day today!

WiseAcre said...

There is a region similar in appearance up here but the exposed rock is sandstone. Water in another form (glaciers) was the primary force that created the landscape around here. Where you have red - we have white cedar

The frozen river on my blog was the Grasse River. No big surprise it freezes. Temps at night are often below 0 F. this time of year.

Skeeter said...

Oh Happy Day Indeed! You Rock for doing your part to salvage this beautiful treasure! Now people can enjoy this spot for years to come... Did you get to the area during the latest snowfall? I hear you had 5-8 inches so would like to see the updated snow pics if you have any to share....

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