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On a recent trip to Crex Meadows I was able to photograph some of the midsummer wildflowers.

Prairie Blazing Star

Prairie Blazing Star

White Water Lily

White Water Lily

Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain

Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

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While waiting for sunrise I took some photos of the cloud reflections in Phantom Lake at Crex Meadows.

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On a recent trip to Crex Meadows the Great Spangled Fritillaries were out in great numbers.

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I had gone out to Crex Meadows to photograph the sunrise but there wasn’t much of a sunrise. With some extra time on my hands I decided, since the wind wasn’t blowing, to spend my time photographing flowers. It was still early in the morning and as I started to photograph flowers I noticed they were covered with Bumble Bees. It was still early enough in the morning so they were not active. I was able to get some nice shots of bees that had spent the night on various flowers.

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More photos from Crex Meadows can be found on my website.

On a recent visit to Duluth I walked down to the Duluth Rose Garden. On the way to the Rose Garden there is a small patch of wildflowers that is maintained by the Wild Ones Garden Club. I always stop to take photos of the wildflowers in bloom.

Unknown Flower

Unknown Flower

Unknown Flower

Unknown Flower

Crown Vetch

Crown Vetch

Creeping Bellflower

Creeping Bellflower

More photos from the Wild Ones Flower Garden can be found on my website.

My wife and I had stopped at the Crex Meadows visitors center last week. I was out walking around the wildflower garden attempting to identify some wildflowers. My wife had gone into the center. She came back out with one of the staff who wanted to show us the Dogbane Beetle that was feeding out in the wildflower garden.

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The dogbane leaf beetle has a iridescence color that changes as the insect changes position or we change position looking at it. It mainly feeds on prairie plants such as milkweeds , Indian hemp, and dogbane.

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I managed a few shots of them. Two of the beetles were mating.

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More photos from Crex Meadows can be found on my website.

On a recent trip to Crex Meadows we stopped into the visitors center to see what was happening out in the Meadows. One of the things we found out was that the second hatch of the Karner Blue Butterfly had occurred and where they had been sighted. The Karner Blue is on the federal endangered species list. Apparently it is rare nationwide but common in parts of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is making an effort to restore and protect Karner Blue habitat. Their habitat are in oak and pine barrens, dry sand prairies and other open areas with sandy soil. they lay their eggs on or near Wild Lupine plants. The caterpillars feed only on Wild Lupine. Fortunately these conditions exist in the northern part of Crex Meadows.

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The next day the morning the weather was good and there was almost no wind. A very rare conditions on my visits to crex. We decided that it would be a good day to photograph flowers and search for the Karner Blue. We had stopped along the road to photograph wildflowers. I was busy photographing them when my wife hollered that she had a blue butterfly on her shoe. It was gone by the time I arrive. She described it to me but since neither of us knew what a Karner Blue was we looked it up on our smart phone. She thought that was what she saw.

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We continued on down the road to where the ranger indicated the Karner Blues had been sighted. We parked and walked out into the prairie. Within thirty feet of the car we spotted one. We were lucky because this one really liked to pose for pictures. We spent quite a while following him around. He actually spoiled us because none of the other Karners we found were nearly as accommodating.

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More photos from Crex Meadows can be found on my website.

I took an early morning walk around the farm looking for some wildflowers. These are a some of the flowers I found growing around the farm.

Field Bindweed

Field Bindweed

Dandelion

Dandelion

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose

Cosmos

Cosmos

Early in the morning I normally walk out to the Lakefront using the walkway next to the Canal Park Brewery. I taken this path many times but this is the first time I noticed this shot. It was take at the end of the walkway.

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A little while later I noticed this dawn shot of Lake Superior with East Duluth in the background.

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After sunrise I walked over to the Waterfront Plaza Marina. This photo shows the William A. Irvin on the left with the commercial fishing boats and sailboats on the right.

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More photos from Canal Park can be found on my website.

For the second year in a row I planted wildflowers in the garden. For the second year in a row they actually grew. This year I used a butterfly mix. the flowers look great but I haven’t seen any butterflies on them. Here are some photos from last week.

Gloriosa Daisy

Gloriosa Daisy

Zenia

Zenia

Crimson Clover

Crimson Clover

Cosmos

Cosmos

Daisy Fleabane

Daisy Fleabane

More photos from Canadian Hill Farm can be found on my website.