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Category Archives: Wildflowers

The Turk’s-cap Lilies are now blooming along the Red Cedar State Trail.

 

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It has been very warm so I’ve not been able to do a lot of hiking on the Red Cedar State Trail. I have gone out a couple of times early in the morning and found the following along the trail.

Spiderwort

Motherwort

Heal-all

Blooming Grass

Dragonflie

These are a few of the flowers now blooming at Hoffman Hills.

Spiderwort

Common Cinquefoil

Butterfly Weed

Beardtounge

There are quite a few flowers blooming on the Red Cedar State Trail.

Dame’s Rocket

Blue Flag Iris

Buttercup

Birds-foot Trefoil

Canada Anemone

Common Yarrow

Daisy

Wild Rose

 

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

 

 

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.