The White Water Lilies were blooming. Since they are fairly fresh it was easy to find some to photograph that were not covered with bugs or debris.
The Milkweed and the Common and Swamp Milkweed were starting to bloom. We did see a few Monarch Butterflies throughout the Meadows.
Butterfly weed was blooming throughout the Meadows.
We found quite a few other flowers blooming. Check the Crex Meadows website for a list of currently blooming flowers.
It had been over a week since my wife and I stopped at Hoffman Hills to look around. Constant rain had prevented a visit but today it was beautiful and sunny.
The ponds were really full of water. This emerging White Water Lilly was floating on the water.
The grasses were reflected in the pond.
As we approached the first pond in the wetlands area we encountered a pair of Canada Geese. They didn’t have any young but they were defending their territory. Another goose came flying in and they drove it off.
The trees and bushes were emerging from the long winter.
I was able to capture two birds that I had never photographed before. This elusive Belted Kingfisher was feeding in one of the ponds.
There was also a Northern Flicker feeding on the pond dyke.
The last time we were at Hoffman Hills there were a pair of bluebirds on this house. Tree Swallows seemed to have taken over.
On a recent trip to Crex Meadows I was able to photograph some of the midsummer wildflowers.
Prairie Blazing Star
White Water Lily