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Photos from a walk along the Red Cedar State Trail.

Bloodroot

Pussy Willow

Marsh Marigolds

Sandhill Crane

Cattail

Wild Geranium

On a beautiful cool morning my wife and I took a walk on the Red Cedar State Trail. There were large numbers of flowers out along the Trail. The Bloodroot and the Pussy Willows were just about done blooming. It was early in the morning and the Bloodroot had not opened yet.

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Pussy Willow

The White Trout Lillie’s were out in some places. When we walked by the first time they were not open yet but when we returned they had opened.

 

The Anemone were out in large numbers along the trail.

 

Wood Anemone

Canada Anenome

There were large groups of Spring Beauty blooming on the side of the trail.

Lots of Common Blue Violets can be found.

We decided to drive out to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area and see if anything was happening. I thought we might see some Canada Geese staking out their territory. On the way out something caught my eye running across a field and heading toward the car. I thought it was a deer but it turned to out to be a very large coyote. Too bad I didn’t have a chance to get a photograph. When we reached Hoffman Hills there wasn’t much going on but we were very surprised to see that the Pussy Willows were blooming. Normally they bloom the middle of April not the end of February.

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Managed a shot of a lone Cattail from last season.

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There is a lot going on at Hoffman Hills these days. We have been seeing Sandhill Cranes in the Prairie area.

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There are Canada Geese, Ducks and King Fishers hanging around the ponds.

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We noticed a Muskrat in the first pond.

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The Eastern Bluebirds have returned.

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In the next couple of weeks the trees will have full color. The Birch and Maples are already budding out.

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The Pussy Willows are just about done blooming.

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Pussy Willows

A walk through Hoffman Hills Recreation Area gave me an opportunity to photograph some spring, blooms, buds and leaves. For most of the shots taken in the wetlands area I used my 500mm lens. This allowed me to get some close-ups while avoiding walking in the wetlands.

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After photographing in the wetlands we hike up to the Tower at Hoffman Hills. I took a few shots of some backlit spring leaves, with my 300mm lens, on the way to the tower.

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More spring photographs from Hoffman Hills can be found on my website.

Walking through the Hoffman Hills Wetlands we found that most of the Pussy Willows were past peak.

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A pair of Canada Geese have started nesting on one of the ponds.

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The frogs are out in great numbers and making a lot of noise.

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More spring photographs from Hoffman Hills can be found on my website.

The Pussy Willow season is just about over. They are starting to turn green in the wetlands around here.

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The Pussy Willows at Hoffman Hills have been blooming for a couple of weeks now. On our last visit we found they were in all stages of bloom.Pussy-Willows-14-4-_1365

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It’s a little difficult to believe its spring given that the snow is still a foot deep on some of the trails and very icy on other parts of the trails. This is what it looked like two years ago on April 1st.

Weeping Willows

Weeping Willows

 

We noticed that the Pussy Willows were starting to bloom in the wetlands. This was something we hadn’t expected to see given the winter like weather.Pussy-Willows-12-3-_0917

 

There were also some Canada Geese on one of the ponds. We hope they nest this year. Last year was the first time in many years that no geese nested in the wetland ponds.

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Canada Goose

 

More Spring Photos from Hoffman Hills can be found on my website.

It’s been an unusual spring for photography at Hoffman Hills. Over a foot of snow the first week in May slowed things down. This past week we have had rain every day. In between I was able to get out and take a few photographs.

The Canada Geese were finally able to start nesting on the first pond. One of the signs of spring is the return of the Canada Geese to nest at Hoffman Hills. The late start makes me think the second week of June the hatch will occur.

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Hoffman Hills is generally where I photograph Pussy Willows. This year between the snow storms and the sudden onslaught of warm weather the Pussy Willows were here and gone before I had much of a chance to photograph them.

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The Tree Swallows and the Eastern Bluebirds are fighting over housing out in the prairie area. This year the tree swallows seemed to have the upper hand although this bluebird was defending its chosen house.

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