Posted by: soniahs | June 19, 2011

Wisconsin wildflowers

OK, the title of this post is somewhat misleading. But ‘Wisconsin wildflowers’ alliterates better than ‘Wisconsin Plantae’…

On our recent trip to the general Great Lakes region- I’ve been trying to think of what to call it: ‘Upper Midwest’ doesn’t fit, since it was partly in Canada, and we did actually visit two Great Lakes- we spent a day or so in western Wisconsin. We got there just at the tail end of the spring wildflower season, but unfortunately the mosquito season was well-underway. At any rate, here are some photos we took along the way.

Great white trilliums. Their petals turn pink before they wilt away:

Another trillium, with some wood violets:

A stand of interrupted fern- the brown patches in the middle of the fronds are actually fertile segments carrying spore cases:

Common dandelions added a splash of yellow to the scenery:

Finally, an interesting contrast between some field pussytoes and new eastern white pine cones:

Photos by Y. Fernandez.

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