Pics from the Talbot Brothers Prairie Work Day

It was a perfect day for seed collecting by the hardy NPAT volunteers that showed up near New Boston, Texas for a work day in late October. The temperature was cool and the sky was overcast. By the time we were finished, it was very humid in northeast Texas. An early start is always preferable. Such a nice time out on the prairie! Thanks, NPAT!

It was a gray day, but these yellow swamp sunflowers (Helianthus angustifolius) made the prairie entrance pop!
Giant coneflowers were also at the entrance and mostly along the fence line.
Rhus lanceolata.
Asters were plentiful.
A rare Lady’s Tresses (type of orchid). Spiranthes cernua.
The purpose of the workday was to collect seeds and then disperse them near the fence line next to the new barbed-wire fence. Across the road is the Texas Department of Corrections Telford Unit.
The Talbot Brothers prairie is a rather large plot of land with a creek
and some forested areas.
Fall color on the sumac.
Interesting web to see close to Halloween!
A pearl crescent butterfly on the prairie . . .
More asters scattered around.
From above.
Better pic of a Lady’s Tresses.
The seed collectors . . .

Thanks to Kirsti Harms, our Executive Director of NPAT, for two pics.