Prairie 2012

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2012 started out with a warm March and plenty of early moisture. By summer, very hot weather came and the rains completely stopped, and we had a pretty good drought. There was a lot of color through June but after that most of the wildflowers started to shut down for the year.

Grayhead and upright coneflowers

Grayhead and upright coneflowers

 
Facing North

Facing North

 
Looking good

Looking good

 
Nice clumps of grasses

Nice clumps of grasses

 
Savanna area running along stream

Savanna area running along stream

 
Ohio Spiderwort

Ohio Spiderwort

 
Blue Flax

Blue Flax

 
Where water drains weeds are more of a problem

Where water drains weeds are more of a problem

 
Smooth Penstemon

Smooth Penstemon

 
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Aphrodite Fritillary?

 
Sideoats grama

Sideoats grama

 
New england aster blooming over 2 months early

New england aster blooming over 2 months early

 
Purple coneflower

Purple coneflower

 
Black-eyed susan and blanketflower

Black-eyed susan and blanketflower

 
Hoary vervain

Hoary vervain

 
Mexican red hat coneflower

Mexican red hat coneflower

 
Sideoats grama grass

Sideoats grama grass

 
Mix of forbs

Mix of forbs

 
Grayhead coneflower

Grayhead coneflower

 
Little bluestem grass

Little bluestem grass

 
Nice diversity of forbs and grasses

Nice diversity of forbs and grasses

 
False sunflower

False sunflower

 
Switchgrass is 6' tall

Switchgrass is 6′ tall

 
Nice cluster of purple coneflowers

Nice cluster of purple coneflowers

 
Grayhead coneflower has long petals

Grayhead coneflower has long petals

 
Wild bergamot is 6' tall!

Wild bergamot is 6′ tall!

 
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Playing around with new macro lens

 
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Ohio Spiderwort

 
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Bee on Grayhead Coneflower

 
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No idea what type of fly it is

 
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Crab spider

 
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Wild Bergamot

 
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Canada Wildrye

 
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Macro of leaf

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