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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.

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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.

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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The Touch-me-nots are blooming along the Red Cedar  State Trail. They are the most prolific Flower this time of year. They are a bit difficult to photograph because they grow in a tangled mass of flowers. I like to photograph them covered in dew but there wasn’t a lot of dew on this day. I also like to use a photo stacking technique so  I can separate the flower from the background. On this day most of them were Spotted Touch-me-nots with only a few Pale Touch-me-nots.

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These are a few of the wildflowers I’ve seen recently at Hoffman Hills Recreation Area.

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

Green-headed Coneflower

Green-headed Coneflower

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover

A recent walk along the Red Cedar River Trail revealed a number of flowers. The Touch-me-nots are in full bloom along the trail.

Pale Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-not

Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

Tall Bellflower

Tall Bellflower

False Sunflower

False Sunflower

Birds-foot Trefoil

Birds-foot Trefoil

I also had a chance to photograph one of my favorite Subjects, ripples over rocks in a stream.

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My wife and I took the opportunity to drive out to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area and walk around the prairie. These were some of the flowers and insects we found.

Green-headed Coneflower

Green-headed Coneflower

It must have mating season because the Dogbane Leaf Beetles could be found all over the milkweed plants.

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Dogbane Leaf Beetle

Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

Purple Prairie Clover

Purple Prairie Clover

We walked a different section of the Red Cedar Trail this week and found some different flowers and other objects to photograph.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Blue Vervain

Blue Vervain

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Canada Hawkweed

Canada Hawkweed

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Grape Leaf

Grape Leaf

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.

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The Milkweed and the Common and Swamp Milkweed were starting to bloom. We did see a few Monarch Butterflies throughout the Meadows.

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Butterfly weed was blooming throughout the Meadows.

Common Eastern Bumblebee

We found quite a few other flowers blooming. Check the Crex Meadows website for a list of currently blooming flowers.

Wood Rose

Wood Rose

Wood Lily

Wood Lily

Hoary Puccoon

Hoary Puccoon

Harebell

Harebell

Here are a few more flower photos from the Red Cedar Trail.

Columbine

Columbine

Dame's Rocket

Dame’s Rocket

Canada Anemone

Canada Anemone

A shot of the lichen on one of the bridges fount on the Red Cedar Trail.

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Nothing is too mundane to take a photo of. Just some leaves I found along the trail. I liked the color and pattern.

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