Thayer Preserve Suite

recapitulation

On Lick Brook, Thayer Preserve, still pools become mirrors at low flow during a dry autumn.

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Thayer Preserve: Autumn Still Life 6

still

On Lick Brook, Thayer Preserve, still pools become mirrors at low flow during a dry autumn.

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Thayer Preserve: Autumn Still Life 5

maple leaves, mostly

Bedrock on which Lick Creek flows, formed 370 million years ago from sediment of a vast inland sea, is a soothing grey-blue backdrop to autumn leaves.

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Thayer Preserve: Autumn Still Life 4

movement

Maple leaves in varying states of decay.

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Thayer Preserve: Autumn Still Life 3

on display

Crisp maple leaves among hemlock roots on the bank of Lick Brook, Thayer Preserve

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Thayer Preserve: Autumn Still Life 2

Hemlock Roots

Crisp maple leaves among hemlock roots on the bank of Lick Brook, Thayer Preserve

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Thayer Preserve: Autumn Still Life 1

color pallet

Crisp maple leaves among hemlock roots on the bank of Lick Brook, Thayer Preserve

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Mirror

…on the wall

On Lick Brook, Thayer Preserve, still pools become mirrors at low flow during a dry autumn.

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Thayer Preserve, Lick Brook

Former farm land

Sandbank Road climbs from the valley of Ithaca city to the rural peneplain on the way to Buttermilk Falls, we passed the sign for this preserve many times, today we explored this place, new to us. The trail descends to Lick Creek canyon.

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We stopped to enjoy the open space of a powerline clear cut where the trail intersects the creek bed. Here we turned, following the water.

Off trail to the creek bed.

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Sycamores and Riparian Space

a Preview of Reavis Ranch

….continued from the chapter “A Peaceful Day at Pine Creek.”

Compare these Arizona Sycamores with the struggling specimen from the last chapter, “A Peaceful Day at Pine Creek.” Many Sycamores such as this one flourish along Reavis Creek, a perennial stream of the eastern Superstition Wilderness. The drainage that feeds Pine Creek is far less acreage than that of Reavis Creek and, when the Pine Creek flow fades in the driest seasons, plants go into survival mode and halt growth and may even slough off limbs to conserve water.

These Sycamores grace a stream that seldom stops flowing, even in the driest of seasons. I had the good fortune to visit the Reavis valley of the Superstition Wilderness in November 2007, when these trees were at peak autumn foliage.

The tree requires a supply of water to thrive. This specimen demonstrates the species growth habit growing multiple trunks with a shape driven by water availability and the environmental context. The multiple trunks may be a desert survival mechanism. In dry periods a trunk or trunks are sloughed off to reduce moisture loss. This is why the Sycamore of “A Peaceful Day at Pine Creek” has a single trunk.”

To encounter a riparian space of the Arizona desert is a revelation, to progress from Sonoran desert spaces assailed by the breath of dry wind, to see the first signs of water in the distance as a welcome fluttering of leaves, to feel a welcome odor of water.

Yes, the first effect of a riparian space on the senses is the smell of water. Let’s finish this post with limbs of the Reavis Creek Arizona Sycamore reaching for the sky.

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