I never lack for nature journaling ideas during winter; there’s so much to investigate and discover when walking along trails lined with intricately detailed dried grasses, forbs and dormant shrubs and trees. This botanical study began with outside exploration, and a bit of impatience; impatience for spring and the first blush of green.
To “push” spring, I collected a few 8 inch stems from a population of smooth sumac growing in abundance along the Indian School Trails, just east of Albuquerque. At home, I popped the stems in a jar of water and waited. Would the buds swell? Would leaves emerge? How long would I have to wait?
Part 1 of my study was almost over. While waiting for signs of life in either stem, I went about the fun task of confirming the species and creating this page of fun facts.
For updates, see Winter Botany Study, Part 2