Sheffield

Rare butterflies at Lime Kiln Farm

Berkshire Naturalist Thom Smith takes a walk through a Mass Audubon property in Sheffield. From beginning to end, a visitor to Lime Kiln Farm Wildlife Sanctuary would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful walk that includes vistas of the Taconic Mountains beyond open hayfields and history with glimpses of barbed-wire fences, stone walls…

Three-petalled red trillium blooms on the forest floor.

Thom Smith explores Bartholomew’s Cobble

As the annual wildflower festival and native plant sale heads into its final weekend, Berkshire naturalist Thom Smith recalls a walk through Bartholomew’s Cobble, a Trustees of reservations Property in Sheffield along the Housatonic River. American author Hal Borland (1900 – 1978), best known for his nature musings, wrote, while living on his 100 acre farm on…

BTW explores Woods in the bare season

A week ago, I watched Carrianne Petrik-Huff take the temperature of a skunk cabbage. The thermometer, held inside the curl of the young plant, read 36 degrees — almost 20 degrees warmer than the outside air. Later in the season it will spread broad breen leaves in swampy places, but in March Symplocarpus foetidus emerges…

Tracking spring blooms

The new wildflower festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble gave me a chance to spend a sunny afternoon looking for color in the spring woods …

Wildflowers run wild at Bartholomew’s Cobble

White trillium cover a hillside with wide three-corner flowers and the pungent odor of … old socks. “Remind you of your locker room days?” said Carrieanne Petrik-Huff, laughing. She had just led a wildflower walk at Bartholomew’s Cobble as the Trustees of Reservations’ engagement manager for Southern Berkshire County and found a patch of them…