Finally. It doesn’t matter how cloudy, cool, or rainy it is, because the plants are back. It’s spring. There are places to go and plants to see. As a transplant to SE Wisconsin, many of these plants are firsts for me.
I posted earlier on the state of a snow trillium population. Well, I found another one, and I observed 363 plants there. The fragment of woods these plants are found in is astonishingly small. They’ve won the lottery, as far as human footprint is concerned.
Pasque flowers are among the most beautiful of the entire season. What a happy hill. The bees thought so too. Pasque flowers are most often encountered in dry-mesic prairie near the crests of rocky hills, particularly where the soil pH is 7-8ish.
The hepatica have also been in full swing.
Blood root is stunning when in flower, but the flowers are easy to miss, because the flowers only last a few days, unless the weather is cool.
Sedges are beautiful too.
Kittentails are friendlier than cats, in my opinion.
Willows make my head explode, but I’m quite certain this is prairie willow. A large clone may be found on a particular sand prairie in the S. Kettle Moraine.
Spring beauties are shy.
I think the Euphoria beetles were enjoying this view as much as I was.