My path today: Blooming Grove Marsh (East Madison)

Listed through a bunch of different parks along the East side of Madison. Today, maybe 30 degrees and tomorrow, double that. Thank god. Even though we have had a very mild winter, I am done with it by February. I am ready for warm weather, some time on the golf course, some bright sun.

OB Sherry Park (my first visit), and Olbrich Park with the bridges and old buildings just behind the gardens. The winter wind howling across the easy water.

Circled about a mile of marshland – took a while to find its name, actually digging up old topo maps to find Blooming Grove. Still some open spots of visible water, the rest hid with last summer’s growth. I venture out a bit. Not too far. The map also says there was an old gravel pit out there. Would not want to mess with that.

Finished along Starkweather Creek, one of the major surface water conduits on Madison’s east side. To see it in the winter, without the Glade Mallow, Bergamot, and other wildflowers makes me want to come back later. This is prime watershed country, created by the retreat of glaciers at the end of the last ice age.

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About blpawelek

Dad, hiker, writer.
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