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The end of spring and quite a few wildflowers are blooming at Crex Meadows. If you go to photograph them make sure you are protected from ticks. The seem to be out in large numbers.

Lupine and Puccoon

Lupine and Puccoon

Hoary Puccoon

White Water Lily

Indian Paintbrush

Downy Phlox

Common Yarrow

Columbine

Canadian Anemone

Blue Flag Iris

 

 

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There are a variety of flowers blooming this wee. The most prominent are the Wild Lupine and the Prairie Smoke. Orange Hawkweed, Goat’s Beard and Blue Flag Iris are also blooming. I used to see a lot of Blue Flag Iris around but most of it seems to have dissapeared.

I managed to photograph a few birds. I haven’t seen any Eastern Bluebirds nesting this year. Most of the nests seem to be occupied by Tree Swallows.

There were a pair of Canada Geese nesting this year. We were on a trip when they started sitting on the eggs. They were still on the nest until the end of this week. Most of the Canada Geese hatched their young two or three weeks ago and we were concerned that something was wrong. The first shot of the male was taken a couple of weeks ago. The second shot was taken of him earlier in the week when he was near the nest and looking depressed. When we went out yesterday both adult geese were gone and we couldn’t find any young. We concluded there was a problem and the young did not hatch.

Some additional wildlife around. This White-tailed Deer took of running. There were also a few butterflies around.

The grasses are also blooming in the prairie area.

I was able to photograph quite a few spring flowers on my last visit to Crex Meadows.

 

I have an unusually large number of Jack-in-the-pulpits blooming around the farm this year.

 

The Prairie Smoke has just started blooming at Hoffman Hills. It is one of the first flowers to boom.

 

The Large-flowered Trillium has been blooming on the farm. Unfortunately we were traveling in the Netherlands and missed most of the bloom. Things are winding down now.

The Common Blue Violets are blooming all around the farm.

 

We have made several trips to Crex Meadows this spring. These are a few of the things we saw.

Mourning Cloak

Pied-Billed Grebe

White-tailed Deer

Porcupine

Muskrat

When we woke up it was a very foggy morning and looked like it might rain. After breakfast at a local cafe we tentatively decided that we wanted to hike out to the Petrified Forest. We stopped at the ranger station to check on road conditions. The roads were in good shape because their oil wells right up to the park boundary so the roads are well maintained.

More photos from Theodore Roosevelt National Park can be found on my website.

We found the trail an as we started out we were not certain if we would go to the south or north unit of the petrified forest. The decision was made somewhat easier because there was a Buffalo standing on the trail to the north unit.

We hadn’t gone far before we ran into a couple of wild horses.

There was quite a bit of petrified wood in a relatively small area. There were petrified wood chips everywhere. I seemed a little strangeĀ  because the chips looked just like real wood.

After looking around a bit we decided to continue hiking and see if we could find the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Turned out to take a little longer that we expected but w ran into several other hikers and they indicated that the trail was well marked at all of the intersections and trail markers could be seen along the trail.

We saw a variety of wild flowers blooming on the prairie.

Toward the end of the Maah Daah Hey Trail we encountered a couple of buffalo. One wandered onto the trail ahead of us but didn’t pay munch attention to us and continue on down the trail. A second one came running after the first one but noticed out presence and made a couple of charges in our direction. We made a retreat and decided to have lunch while we waited for him to move off. We later encountered him again and he still was very interested in us. We have hiked in buffalo country quite a bit but never had a buffalo show this much interest in us.

We continued walking along what appeared to be a large plateau The trees along the area had some good color. We could see quite a ways.

 

We found the North Petrified Forest Trail and took that hopping it would take us back to our car. The trail dropped down into a large ravine with some interesting rock formations.

After climbing out of the ravine we finally reached the north unit of the petrified forest. It was far more extensive than the south unit and if you only had a short time it would be the area I would suggest you visit.

We then headed back to the car. Fortunately the buffalo was no longer on the trail. It was a great day of hiking. We managed over 11 miles for the day.

These are a few of the late summer flowers blooming around the farm.