Corvallis update: November has brought a chill to the meadow, forest, and marsh, along with frequent rain. This morning it was 37° and clear as I walked on the newly marked foot paths across the soaking wet, dewy upper meadow. Down in the marsh the dewdrops on the grasses were frozen solid. When the night sky is clear, the coolest air sinks into the lowest part of the valley.

The transformation of the landscape has begun in earnest — many fences have been removed, vast amounts of plant debris have been extracted from various areas (and piled on a circular gravel area that used to be a horse turnout), and we are starting to come to terms with some much larger changes that we’ll need to make before next summer.

More on the ongoing changes soon, including lots of new pictures. After the next post this blog will finally shift into real time, with fresh material from our country home north of Corvallis.

Today we have another entry from our stay in Eugene:

This colorful, minty little herb is ubiquitous in lawns and meadows in Eugene. It is heal-all, AKA self-heal, Prunella vulgaris. It is edible as a salad plant or a potherb and also makes medicinal teas.




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