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Last week we made a couple of trips to the Duluth Rose Garden. While the roses were just starting to bloom the Peony’s were at their peak.

There were some roses blooming but the best are yet to come.

There were also a number of other flowers blooming as we walked along the lakewalk.

 

I was a raining morning when we drove over to Pattison State Park. We had business in Superior and Pattison is just a short drive out of town. Our first stop was Big Manitou Falls. It is the fourth highest waterfall east of the Mississippi.

We then drove on to Little Manitou Falls.

This is a shot of Dam below Interfalls Lake. It almost looks like the water is interlaced with gold.

Just below the dame the Black River flows under a foot bridge.

The Orange Hawkweed were blooming in the park.

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.

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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.

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There were a few flowers around. The Spiderwort is the most common.

Spiderwort

The Prairie Smoke is just about gone.

Prairie Smoke

Orange Hawkweed is common on the trails.

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Dragon Flies are out and about.

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The Spiderwort is in full Bloom.

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Orange Hawkweed is Blooming.

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed

The Blue-flag Iris is just about done.

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This unknown (at least to me) is in full bloom in the Prairie area.

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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.Big-Falls-County-Park-14-6-_8182

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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.

Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine

Prairie Smoke is in full bloom.

Dew Covered Prairie Smoke

Dew Covered Prairie Smoke

Orange Hawkweed is blooming around the ponds.

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed

Blue flag Iris is blooming in the wet areas.

Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris

Spiderwort are just starting to bloom.

Spiderwort

Spiderwort

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.

Prairie Smoke

Wild Lupine

Unknown Flower

Unknown Flower

Spiderwort

Red Clover

Orange Hawkweed

Grass

Goat's Beard

Canada Hawkweed

Blue Flag Iris

Culver's Root