Wildlife at Horicon

We visited Horicon Marsh last weekend to see the flora and fauna in the springtime. (Our first visit was last autumn.) We spotted lots of wildlife, including numerous goslings wandering about with their parents. I'm not the best at capturing moving targets but I managed a few shots. The birds were quite far away, too far for crisp focus with my camera, except for Mr Red-winged Blackbird.

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In and Around the Pond

The water lilies are in bloom at Jacobus pond! Along the edge are thousands of tadpoles busily swimming about. Dame's rocket flowers are everywhere, and we caught the last of the wild geraniums. I've included a photo of daughter in a patch of bloodroot; the blossoms are long gone but the leaves are beautiful, too.

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Hawthorn Glen

On Saturday we visited Hawthorn Glen, a lovely park I haven't been to in years. I've included some leaf photos, too, for their lovely shapes.  The raspberries have started to set fruit! Daisy fleabane and Solomon's seal are everywhere right now, although the latter and Virginia waterleaf (nearly spent) eluded my capture. We were lucky to find the very last of the lily of the valley, one of my favorites. The irises grace the park entrance. My daughter took the hawk photo (cropped by me).

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May beauties at Jacobus

Nature's delights last weekend included trillium, which is blooming everywhere right now; Jack-in-the-pulpit; a field of buttercups; cherry blossoms; the beginnings of honeysuckle and grapevine; and two critter friends, Frog and Goldfinch. Mr Goldfinch had his head turned away but his color is lovely! The mayapples are getting ready to bloom next. I've included a photo of my human companion for scale.

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Along the Menomonee River

I love to follow the wildflowers over the growing season. Every week brings new flowers to delight the senses! This week's blooms include scilla (among the last of these) trout lilies, bluebells (both blue and white), and violets. We also met a crayfish along the river. He was very happy when daughter returned him to the water.

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Flowers - 2013

These are among my first-ever flower photos, taken over the growing season in 2013. I was early on the learning curve with that first digital camera, finding my feet with focus, format, and editing.  Many of these blooms are from my mother's garden. She is deceased now, but her birthday was just a few days ago. I'm so glad to have these sweet reminders of her and the flowers she loved so well.

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Early April Blooms

A favorite spring activity is taking walks to see what's blooming. This week there is bloodroot, scilla, periwinkle, spring beauties, and forsythia, among others. The skunk cabbage leaves are sprouting up and more trees are producing blossoms. The bluebells are getting ready, looking mostly pink at the moment. We also caught a duck taking a nap! 

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Signs of Spring at Jacobus Park

Spring arrives slowly in Wisconsin; we can have cold temps and snow well into April. But signs of spring are everywhere when you look closely! Below: trillium, tree buds, Virginia waterleaf, skunk cabbage, bluebells, and local wildlife. Credit to my family members for the last three photos; they shared their pics on a day my camera batteries ran out. The last flowers are winter aconite and snow drops.

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