I Spy Shaw Nature Reserve

We visited Shaw Nature Reserve today.

Beautiful day

Beautiful day

An absolutely beautiful day!

Historic "Bascom" House

Historic “Bascom” House

Inside the house they had tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Plus lots of photographs, displays of historical artifacts (the Spy loved the arrow heads) and we got a bunch of nice pamphlets (on butterflies, hummingbirds, native Missouri landscaping and a tree ID guide) perfect for reading indoors on a much colder winter day (it was 55 today!)

Fuzzy buds

Fuzzy buds

Frozen leaves

Frozen leaves

Tiny frozen pond

Tiny frozen pond

About ponds in Missouri

About ponds in Missouri

I loved the look of these ferns

I loved the look of these ferns

Lovely bronze color

Lovely bronze color

Another view

Another view

So many different seed pods and spent blooms

So many different seed pods and spent blooms

Sea of grass

Sea of grass

Golden grass

Golden grass

Little silver dried flowers

Little silver dried flowers

I spy my sister

I spy my sister

Spy Sister?

Spy Sister?

Aunt Spy? She needs a Spy Garden name. haha

Aunt Spy? She needs a Spy Garden name. haha

Dreamy

Dreamy

Baby and Smoochie

Baby and Smoochie

The Spy

The Spy

Empty Pod

Empty Pod

Little Yellow Seed

Little Yellow Seed

Woods

Woods

Some type of nightshade? Gooseberries? Ground cherries?

Some type of nightshade? Gooseberries? Ground cherries?

Who's that?

Who’s that?

Always love a good deer fence! (since Spy Garden has its very own deer fence!)

Always love a good deer fence! (since Spy Garden has its very own deer fence)

Onward!

Onward!

A sod-house

A sod-house

Beautiful View

Beautiful View

Reminds me of a Rothko painting

Reminds me of a Rothko painting

Landscape

Landscape

Grassy Path

Grassy Path

Gray Grasses

Gray Grasses

A teepee!

A teepee!

Teepee Top

Teepee Top

Spy Garden Family Shot

Spy Garden Family Shot

Golden chevrons

Golden chevrons

Weeee! (Baby and me)

Weeee! (Baby and me)

Yellow and Blue

Yellow and Blue

We can't wait to go back!

We can’t wait to go back!

For more info on Shaw Nature Reserve click here. These pictures are nice but they don’t even do the place justice, it is gorgeous!

15 thoughts on “I Spy Shaw Nature Reserve

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      It was a great outing. I actually can’t believe we’d never visited Shaw before because it is right up our alley for an “outing” and it is only a very short drive away. We will DEFINITELY be going back. I can’t imagine how it looks in the spring, all that prarie space will be filled with wildflowers!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Thanks! It was a STUNNING day! So warm and sunny. We are due for some frigid days in the next week so this was a perfect outing to remember when we are cozied up inside! Did you recognize the orange berries? A type of nightshade? Ground cherries? They were about the size of large blueberries. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and are keeping warm in that cold Connecticut winter! I remember those winters well ;)

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      1. Eliza Waters

        I’ve been meaning to get back to you about the orange berries. A few days ago I was walking in a field near here and I saw these same fruit – such a coincidence, since I have never seen them before. The spiny stem and hang of the fruit I believe are nightshade, but what kind? Solanum villosum has yellow fruit and looks like smooth stems but these were thorny. S.pyracanthum? Both of these are native to Africa, but apparently the seeds will self-sow just like tomatoes. Not seeing the leaf, it’s hard to make a positive ID. I should have collected some of those fruit to germinate in spring, but now with this blizzard we’re having, I’ve lost my chance! Another curiosity of nature that we’ll never know for sure!

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