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We walked a different section of the Red Cedar Trail this week and found some different flowers and other objects to photograph.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Canada Hawkweed

Canada Hawkweed

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Grape Leaf

Grape Leaf

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I’ve been photographing some of the insects that have been making use of a large patch of Black-eyed Susans that are growing in the front yard.

Orange-belted Bumble Bee

Orange-belted Bumble Bee

Two-Striped Grasshopper

Two-Striped Grasshopper

Northern Crescent

Northern Crescent

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Flower Fly

Flower Fly

Bee Wolfe

Bee Wolfe

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.

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

The one of the few late summer flowers in my prairie is the Canada Goldenrod. It is reaching its full bloom now. Because it is one of the few flowers blooming at this time of year it is the food source for a large number of critters. Yesterday I walked through the prairie and noticed over fifteen different types of bees, bugs and  butterflies. It seems to be the primary food source for the Monarch Butterflies as they get ready to leave for Mexico. I’m a little concerned that the Monarchs are a little late in hatching this year and the Goldenrod is already in full bloom. Here are some of the critters I found in my goldenrod patch this week.

Monarch Butterflies

Great Spangled Fritillary

Red Admiral

Milbert's Tortoiseshell

Sulphur

Honey Bee

Fly

Eastern Yellowjacket

Daddy Longlegs

Bumble Bee

Wild Lupine and Bumble Bee

I made several trips out to Hoffman Hills this week to view the flowers and wildlife. This time of year I spend most of my time in the wetlands and prairie areas and avoid the trails in the woods because of the mosquitoes.

The early spring flowers are now out in the prairie area. Pussyfoot, Prairie Smoke and Wild Lupine abound. A Bumble Bee was working the Wild Lupine for nectar.

Eastern Bluebird

I haven’t seen the goslings in over a week. They may have moved back into the wetlands which is common when they are a little older. The Tree Swallows and Eastern Bluebirds are all nesting and have young birds in the nest. I’ve noticed Green Herons by the ponds and today saw a pair of them flying several times. The ponds are high and the herons seem to be spending quite a bit of time in the trees. I noticed an Eastern Bluebird with a bug in its beak so I watched as she brought the bug to the nest. The male was a little more reluctant to approach the nest with me in the area.

Muskrat

I did see a Muskrat several weeks ago but haven’t seen any sign of him recently.