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Category Archives: Wildflower Photography

We arrived in Zion late in the afternoon. As we drove into the park we could see the rocks changing in color.

More photos from Zion can be found on my website.

We drove on to Springdale where we checked in to our hotel, did some laundry and then headed out to grab a bite to eat. When we returned to our hotel we were greeted with this display on the rocks across the valley.

The next morning we headed out to the park. Access to the park is by bus so we loaded up and road to the end of the bus line where we walked along the riverside trail. It was difficult to photograph in the morning light because one wall of the canyon was in deep shadows and the other in bright sunlight. It was early spring in Zion and the trees were just leafing out creating some beautiful colors.

We encountered this rock cairn along the trail.

We worked our way back toward the park entrance stopping at each of the stops to hike. We took the Kayenta Trail up toward the Emerald Pools. Along the way We had some great views of the canyon floor. The spring wildflowers were out along the trail. When we started out in the morning the Emerald Pools trail was closed but as we continued hiking we discovered that the trail had been opened earlier in the morning. Apparently it was closed because of a rock slide. The Emerald Pools weren’t all that great but there was a nice waterfall that we could walk behind.

 

We then worked our way out of the park.

We were in the Bayfield area last week and the wild Lupine was blooming. Always a great sight.

After leaving Foster Falls we drove over to Upson to try and find Upson Falls. I had stopped on several earlier occasions but didn’t realize that Upson Falls could not be seen from the small park and campground. After a short walk around a large outcropping of rocks we found Upson falls.

Upson Falls also had some interesting foam patterns to photograph.

When we returned to the car I took out my macro lens to photograph some of the flowers found along the Potato River.

Yesterday was the first chance I’ve had in over a month to walk around the farm and photograph what is blooming. By far the most prevalent flower is the Ox-Eyed Daisy. These have grown up where I mowed the Canada Goldenrod down last year.

There are also quite a few Virginia Waterleaf growing in the woods.

Other flowers were scattered around the fields and woods.

White  Campion

Dames Rocket

Grass

Chickweed

Common Dandelion

There are still quite a few spring wildflowers along the trail. Dames Rocket and Virginia Waterleaf appear to be the most prominent.

Dames Rocket

Virginia Waterleaf

There are also other flowers blooming along the trial.

Wild Blue Phlox

Wood Anemone

Common Dandelion

Columbine

We took a short walk on the Red Cedar State Trail yesterday in an attempt to recover from jet lag. These are a few of the things we saw along the trail.

Common Dandelion

Dame’s Rocket

Drone Fly

Seed

Leaf

Wild Geranium

It has been a while since I’ve been out to Hoffman Hills. There is not a lot going on right now. The Prairie Smoke and the Wild Lupine are blooming but that is about it. The Geese are gone. There are a few Painted Turtles around. The second pond is covered with a heavy green slime. They can no longer afford to run the aeration unit in the pond so it scums up early in the season.

Dew Covered Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke

 

Wild Lupine

Wild Lupine

There are a variety of spring flowers blooming on the south slopes of the hills on the farm.

Large-flowered Bellwort

Large Flowered Trillium

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Downy Yellow Violet

Common Blue Violet

Pussytoes

Wood Anemone

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.

Bloodroot

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.

The last time I was down at the Red Cedar Trail I couldn’t find many Pale Touch-me-nots. On a recent trip I found a lot of them blooming along the trail.

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