Crum Woods Chronicle

Return of Crumhenge

IMG_9122Near the trestle in the Crum Woods lies a several-acre meadow with a circular arrangement of massive boulders. This formation, inspired by Neolithic structures such as Stonehenge, was appropriately named “Crumhenge.”

 

The original Crumhenge had a graveyard-like quality with thin, tall rectangular rocks standing upright. photo credit: R. Robert

The original Crumhenge had a graveyard-like quality with thin, tall rectangular rocks standing upright. photo credit: R. Robert

The history and purpose of Stonehenge is still something of a mystery, but historians are sure the stones were not arbitrarily arranged. As the UNESCO World Heritage site notes about Stonehenge: “The design, position, and interrelationship of the monuments and sites are evidence of a wealthy and highly organised prehistoric …

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Restoring the Crum Woods

november-3-2016-rhr-473The complication of the SEPTA Viaduct brings to a close a five-year period of construction in the Crum Woods. Seventeen acres of upland forest and wetland were clear-cut for the SEPTA Viaduct construction. Nine different plant communities are part of the restoration plan ranging from lowland meadow to a red oak mixed hardwood forest.

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. photo credit: R. Robert

At 2.55 acres, the tulip tree-beech-maple forest planting is the largest restoration community with woody plants in the mix. As the name implies, …

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Chimaphila maculata

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As we reach fall foliage peak here in the Delaware Valley, it is a great time to take a walk in our native woodland the Crum Woods. While exploring the trails, you may discover the native gem Chimaphila maculata, spotted wintergreen, tucked under the colorful fallen leaves.

This small evergreen perennial is conspicuous during this time of year with its white and green mottled leaves against the yellows, reds, and browns of fall. This delicate groundcover is often found in dry oak-heath forests.

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Here you can see the brown capsules that persist until the next flowering season. photo credit:

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