July at the arboretum

We were long overdue for a walk at the arboretum so we went this morning. The prairies were so lush and colorful it was hard to believe that just a few months ago they were all burned and black. Here’s what we saw today. I’ve put them in consecutive order as we saw them during our walk:IMG_0487

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Solomon’s seal seed pods

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Monarda

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Green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)

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This prairie was black and burned to the ground in early spring

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Baptisia seed pods

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Compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

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Blazing star and gray-headed coneflower

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Japanese beetles

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Beech seed pods- they look to me like they’re laughing/talking

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Mourning cloak

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Ironweed

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Glade

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Brown-eyed Susan in the glade

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Tall bellflower

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Crawfish head- remains of a racoon’s dinner

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Raccoon dinner which he hauled up out of the creek eat under a tree

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