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My wife and I recently drove out to Hoffman Hills to see what flowers are blooming. The DNR did a controlled burn in the area this spring and we had plenty of rain so I expected to see lots of wildflowers.

Common Eastern-Bumblebee on Lead Plant

Common Eastern-Bumblebee on Lead Plant

As we pulled in there was another car in the parking lot. Turns out it was a couple of serious photographers. I assume they are serious if they carry a tripod and camera bag. This was the first time I’ve ever seen serious photographers at Hoffman Hills. Too bad because it is a great place to photograph.

Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover

There were indeed quite a few flowers in bloom. The Lead and Rattlesnake plants were a common flower in the prairie area. The Butterfly-weeds were still blooming.

Lead and Rattlesnake

Lead and Rattlesnake

Common Eastern Bumblebee on Butterfly-weed

Common Eastern Bumblebee on Butterfly-weed

There were a lot of dragonflies around the ponds.

Widow Skimmer

Widow Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

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