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Bluff lands Bloom with Vivid Floral Colors

April 4, 2012 clifftop CliffNotes

Johnson trail flowers, P. Feldker

  By mid-March our blufflands will cast off the doldrums of winter drabness and begin to color its landscape with every imaginable shade, as wave after wave, from spring to first frost, of native wildflowers come into bloom. The first flowers to blossom are called spring ephemerals, and their life strategy is a race against […]


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April: Not At All the Cruelest Month…

April 3, 2009 clifftop CliffNotes

miami mist, T. Rollins

April is a wonderful month to view the dynamic and beautiful natural processes at work in our bluff lands. Our still leafless woods allow us to see the physical structure and layout – the skeleton – of one of Illinois’s most important natural treasures. A simple driving tour along Bluff Road, from Columbia to Modoc, […]


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