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Bike Trail Wildflowers

Wildflowers Love the Rain

I love this time of year and these are a few of my favorite wildflowers. I took this photo along the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail, that’s the bike trail that runs parallel to I-394. Do you know what any of these flowers are? I’d love to know, please tell me in the comments below. Thanks!

Milkweed

Milkweed

I found this amazing milkweed with it’s flowers in three different states of development. Have you ever noticed that Milkweed smells like lilacs? Such different plants, but both are very unusual in how they flower. Did you know that school children picked the pods of milkweed and were able to sell them to the military in WWII so that the fluff could be used to make life preservers for the navy?

Another One

Another One

Just down the street from yesterday’s photo.

Never Know What You'll Find Growing in the Park

Never Know What You’ll Find Growing in the Park

Yes, it’s what you think it is. Yes, it’s growing out of a curb in a city park. No, I’m not going to tell you which where…

Purple Wildflowers

Purple Wildflowers

Little purple wildflowers along the shore of Lake of the Isles.

No Trespassing with Flowers

No Trespassing with Flowers

What all has this odd little entryway in Uptown right on Lagoon? I love the old apartment buildings in my neighborhood, lots of layers of paint, hints of remodelings throughout the ages. And the occasional odd sign

Bumblebee Preparing for Fall

Bumblebee Preparing for Fall

The busy bee works away preparing for fall. You can actually see his proboscis as he draws whatever it is they draw out of flowers to make honey. My friend Lucky was shooting with me and you can see his photo of possibly the same bee on his photoblog.

Cattails in the Sun

Cattails in the Sun

Golden Brown cattails plus the Golden Hour light equals yummy.

Little Bunch of Leaves on the Lake

Little Bunch of Leaves on the Lake

I found this little bunch of leaves near the shore. Not really sure if it was attached to something under the snow or if it fell off. I plunked down on my belly and shot it with my macro lens wide open to get the shallow depth of field but with sharp details in the focused area. The low glancing light from the setting sun lit it perfectly. Nature has such detail and beauty, even in the windswept cold of winter.

Four-leaf Clovers at the Como Conservatory

Four-leaf Clovers at the Como Conservatory