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Category Archives: Wildflower Photography

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.

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

 

I’ve been walking on the Red Cedar Trail the past few weeks. There is not a lot to photograph right now. Most of the summer flowers are gone so I’m waiting for the fall colors.

A few sunflowers are still around although most of them are looking a little straggly.

Most of the Touch-me nots are now gone.

 

I found this bindweed growing along the trail.

I liked the pattern on the top of this fence post.

This is the first time that I’ve seen Phantom Lake drained. It made for some interesting photos. The second photo is the Phantom Lake boat ramp.

 

The Groundnut’s are blooming along the Red Cedar Trail although they seem to be blooming in different locations from past years. It is one of my favorite fall flowers.

The Spotted and Pale Touch Me Nots are in full bloom along the Red Cedar State Trail.

Spotted-Touch-me-not

Spotted Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-not

Pale Touch-me-not

A few weeks ago we drove around Crex Meadows. There were quite a few wildflowers out.

White Water Lily

Columbine

Yellow Pond Lily

Wild Lupine

Prairie Phlox

Orange Hawkweed

Large-flowered Beardtounge

Indian Paintbrush

Canada Frostweed

Blue Flag Iris

On a beautiful Sunday morning we drove over to Cornucopia, Wisconsin to meet some friends and hike into Lost Creek Falls. Several years ago we made this hike and were covered in mud because of the trail conditions. Someone has done a wonderful job of improving the trail.

There were a few flowers out along the trail. We saw quite a few Bunchberries and Bluebead Lilies along the trail.

The waterfall was beautiful as usual.

Intense discussion about a new camera.

A little mossy area flowing into the creek.

After leaving Amnicon Falls State Park we drove over to Pattison State Park. Our first stop was at Little Manitou Falls.

We then drove down to Big Manitou Falls. This is the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.

The face of the Pattison Falls Dam always makes for an interesting photo because of the water colors.

Pattison Falls Dam

I love photographing water patterns. They make for great subjects in northern Wisconsin because the tannin in the water gives it a brown color.

The wild flowers were out in great numbers throughout the park.

Orange Hawkweed

Canada Hawkweed

Bunchberry

Blue Flag Iris

 

It was going to be a cloudy late spring day so my wife and I decided to go waterfalling. Our first stop was Amnicon Falls State Park. We found good water flow at Now-and-then Falls.

Now-and-then Falls

This is one of my favorite views of the Lower Falls.

Upper Falls

There was a wedding at the Falls. This is the first time I’ve seen a wedding at Amnicon. I took advantage of the situation to photograph one of the bridesmaids.

Bridesmaid

A couple of shots of unnamed waterfalls in the park.

Good water flow over Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

The wildflowers were in bloom.

Wild Rose

Columbine

Wild Strawberry