July at the Prairie

IMG_1426 Mary Isabelle






We left home early and got to the arboretum before the hot July sun had gotten high, while the dew still clung to plants and spider webs.














Butterfly weed and insect


Rattlesnake master and blazing star in the prairie





We stopped at the pond for awhile. The water was low. An ant carrying a long piece of plant material caught my eye.  I watched him carry it over the equivalent of several IMG_1457mountains and across a desert, making his way to, I presume, some sort of communal space they are building. And then another ant, carrying part of a nut shell, going the same way. IMG_1462








IMG_1465Culver’s root








Tall bellflower











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