A SHORT Morning Hike

Buffy and I headed out early for a short hike because of the forecast for heat in the 90’s. Rain yesterday dramatically increased the humidity.  I drove through the country so I could take my time and enjoy the views.

Growth was high along the one-lane road into my place. Camp hadn’t been mowed, and I wasn’t about to wade out into that “thicket.” I realized real soon that mosquitoes were a problem, as were a few biting flies. Buffy wasn’t used to the heat. She kept eating greens and panting.

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This was view to the south of my pull-in.

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Winged crownbeard bloomed to the north.

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A wide patch of it used to grow in a low part of the barrens. I stood at the edge of it one time drawing. I stooped down to take a picture. The whole patch transformed into a wide patch of brillant yellow. An indigo bunting (a bright blue bird) landed on a flower stalk near the opposite side of the patch.

That was an important lesson for me. I stooped often for a different perspective after that.

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  A crab spider rested on the back flower of this daisy fleabane.

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These ox-eye daisies were past their prime and the stalks hung over.

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Deptford pink added the only pink of the morning.IMG_1216 crop red

A silvery checkerspot fed at this black-eyed susan. They lay eggs on the winged crownbeard.

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This mourning cloak butterfly basked in the sun. They are one of the butterfly species in our area (southern Illinois) that overwinter as adults.


 Not bad for 20 minutes of sweating and swatting.



6 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve never seen or heard of the winged crownbeard. It’s a pretty flower.


  2. Posted by Margaret Collins on June 16, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Beautiful pictures.



  3. Posted by my secret love for you on June 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    No ! no bad at all ! very nice, love your posts


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