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In late June we like to drive up to Bayfield county to view the Wild Lupine. This is not like the Lupine we have around home. Ours is at the most 18″ tall. The Lupine found in Bayfield County is around 4 feet tall. It is found on most the roads in the area but there is a large field of it on the outskirts of Washburn on the road to Bayfield. This year it was particularly prolific, probably because of the wet spring and summer.

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In my last Blog we were at Lost Creek Falls. After returning to the car we headed to Washburn, Wisconsin for lunch. We noticed on the way over that the Wild Lupine was in full bloom so we were expecting to capture some nice Lupine photos.Wild-Lupine-14-6-_7490

After lunch we headed toward Bayfield on highway 13. Just outside Washburn there is a field with lots of Wild Lupine. It was in full bloom. This is not the little Wild Lupine we find around home. Ours grows to about 18 inches but this Lupine was 3-4 feet tall and comes in a variety of colors.Wild Lupine 14-6-_7965

While we were photographing the Lupine several other folks also stopped to take some photos.Wild Lupine 14-6-_7967

In several visits to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area I found a number of late spring flowers blooming.

Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine

Dew Covered Prairie Smoke

Dew Covered Prairie Smoke

Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flag Iris

Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed

 

I just ran across some photos I had taken late in the spring at Hoffman Hills Recreation Area. I’m a little behind on some of my photo processing.

Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

Backlit leaves are one of my favorite subjects in the spring and Hoffman Hills is one of my favorite places to photograph them. Unfortunately the bad weather prevented me from getting out much. When I did make it to Hoffman Hills I found that the DNR had done a controlled burn in the prairie area and most of the Popular trees were in bad shape. I did find a few in the wetlands to photograph.

Popular Leaves

Popular Leaves

With the controlled burn many of the early flowers were abundant although it was a little messy to photograph them because every time I kneeled down I was covered with black from the fire. It was a little difficult photographing because of strong winds in the prairie.

Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine and Prairie Smoke

Wild Lupine and Prairie Smoke

More photos from Hoffman Hills Recreation Area can be found on my website.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Wild Lupine and Bumble Bee

I made several trips out to Hoffman Hills this week to view the flowers and wildlife. This time of year I spend most of my time in the wetlands and prairie areas and avoid the trails in the woods because of the mosquitoes.

The early spring flowers are now out in the prairie area. Pussyfoot, Prairie Smoke and Wild Lupine abound. A Bumble Bee was working the Wild Lupine for nectar.

Eastern Bluebird

I haven’t seen the goslings in over a week. They may have moved back into the wetlands which is common when they are a little older. The Tree Swallows and Eastern Bluebirds are all nesting and have young birds in the nest. I’ve noticed Green Herons by the ponds and today saw a pair of them flying several times. The ponds are high and the herons seem to be spending quite a bit of time in the trees. I noticed an Eastern Bluebird with a bug in its beak so I watched as she brought the bug to the nest. The male was a little more reluctant to approach the nest with me in the area.

Muskrat

I did see a Muskrat several weeks ago but haven’t seen any sign of him recently.