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Photo essay: A spring bouquet of wildflowers!

May 12, 2018  |  Topics: Spotlight


By Eddee Daniel

 

April couldn’t have been much more disappointing, could it? We had a blizzard after all. But May seems to be making up for it. Unseasonably cold veered directly into unseasonably warm. Many of the early spring wildflowers bolted, having been thwarted so long. I sought them out wherever I went. Here is a bouquet of images to brighten up your spring. All of them except those from Boerner Botanical Gardens are wild.

Crown imperial (fritillaria) nestled among bluebells at Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners.

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Hepatica, Genesee Oak Opening and Fen State Natural Area, Genesee.

Spring beauties, Renak-Polak State Natural Area, Caledonia

Marsh marigold patch, Greenfield Park, West Allis

Forsythia and South Ravine Bridge, Lake Park, Milwaukee

Flowering fruit tree, Linnwood Park, Caledonia

Skunk cabbage, Zinn Preserve, Town of Erin, Washington Co.

Hawthorn budding, Zinn Preserve, Town of Erin, Washington Co.

White trout lilies, Niagara Escarpment, Town of Leroy, Dodge Co.

Trout lily patch, Niagara Escarpment, Town of Leroy, Dodge Co.

Yellow trout lilies, Sanctuary Woods, Milwaukee County Grounds, Wauwatosa

White trilliums, Jacobus Park, Wauwatosa

Tulips, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners.

Redbud, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners

Bloodroot, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha Co.

Prairie trillium, Short Road Trailhead, Caledonia

Flowering callery pear tree, Underwood Parkway, Milwaukee County Grounds, Wauwatosa

 

The summer-like weather brought out more than the flowers, of course.

 

Relaxing in style. Sanctuary Woods, Milwaukee County Grounds, Wauwatosa

School group admiring the tulips, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners

Kayakers head upstream on the Oconomowoc River, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Loew Lake Unit

 

Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks and the project director for A Wealth of Nature.