|Prairie wetland area, mostly green and brown|
When I think of Illinois prairies, I picture mostly yellows and browns, especially in the late summer -- the goldenrods, black-eyed Susans, various types of sunflowers, grass seed heads, Monarch and Sulphur butterflies -- but there are also many touches of pink and purple, especially if you look closely.
|Obedient Plant (?)|
Alfie and I had a long ramble in the prairie today. First we tramped around the wetland area. Despite the lack of rain the last couple of months, the wetland was full and wet. Enormous frogs hopped further into the water as we passed by. I would have taken some pictures, but I didn't have my long lens, and I do NOT get close to frogs. I am creeped out by frogs and toads ever since as a young teenager I accidentally squashed a toad while wearing thin-soled house shoes. Ugh, even thinking about it gives me the heebie jeebies.
Near the wetland, we saw something nicer than frogs: fun little flowers called Blue (or Swamp) Vervain and Pink Lady's Thumb.
|Blue Vervain on left and Pink Lady's Thumb on right|
|Bees hard at work on Joe Pye Weed (or maybe it's Queen of the Prairie?)|
|Thistle and Coneflower|
Finally, Alfie and I were both getting tired. We stopped by a sunflower-framed bridge for a short rest and a drink of water for Alfie, then headed home. Thanks for coming along!