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I had several photographs receive awards in this years Crex Meadows Photo Contest. My photograph of a Karner Blue received first place in the insects category. 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.Karner Blue 13-8-_7795

My photograph of a controlled Burn in Crex Meadows received third place in the black and white category. This photo was taken during the spring when portions of the Meadows were being burned to control brush.Controlled-Burn---Philip-Schwarz--11-5-_1977

All of the winning photos can be found on the Crex Meadows Website.

We spent part of one morning looking for the rare Karner Blue butterfly which is fairly common in Crex Meadows. In about an hour of searching we only saw a couple. It was difficult photographing them because they are about the size of a dime and the wind was blowing. The Karner Blue Butterflies should be around through July.Karner-Blue-14-6-_5450

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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.