My wife and I made our first visit to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area since our return from Iceland. There were a few birds around. It looks like Eastern Bluebirds have taken up residence in several houses.
There was a little activity in the ponds. We found this Muskrat in the first pond. He didn’t pay much attention to us as we walked around the pond. The second pond was completely covered in scum and there was no evidence of any birds or animals using it.
There were a few flowers around. The Spiderwort is the most common.
The Prairie Smoke is just about gone.
Orange Hawkweed is common on the trails.
Dragon Flies are out and about.
The Spiderwort is in full Bloom.
Orange Hawkweed is Blooming.
The Blue-flag Iris is just about done.
This unknown (at least to me) is in full bloom in the Prairie area.
A few weeks ago we were in Eau Claire on business and decided to drive over to Big Falls County Park. It’s been a while since we visited Big Falls and with all of the recent rain thought there might be a good water flow. We weren’t disappointed there was some nice water going over the falls. We were also pleasantly surprised to find quite a few wildflowers growing along the road into the park and along the trail to the falls.
My wife and I made a visit to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area today to see what is blooming and to check out the wildlife. There are a lot of flowers blooming in the Prairie area.
Wild Lupine is just finishing up blooming.
Prairie Smoke is in full bloom.
Dew Covered Prairie Smoke
Orange Hawkweed is blooming around the ponds.
Blue flag Iris is blooming in the wet areas.
Blue Flag Iris
Spiderwort are just starting to bloom.
Wildlife watching has been very disappointing this year. Normally we would be watching Canada Geese with their young but this year, for the first time, in many years they did not nest. Two adults build a nest but after a week they were gone. There have been no Muskrats or Beaver sightings this year. There were only a few birds around.
I’ve been out to Hoffman Hills several times the past week photographing flowers. There are a wide variety of late spring flowers blooming in the prairie and wetlands areas west of the access road with more flowers on the way. There are a couple that I haven’t been able to identify so if you know what they are let me know.
Blue Flag Iris