Wildflower Walk and Photo Shoot at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha Wisconsin on July 19, 2016

We had a very nice turnout of members show up this morning for the annual wildflower walk and photo shoot at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha. This annual event is a field trip for the Retzer Nature Center Camera Club. Lighting was nice early this morning with light cloud cover and very little wind for the 2 hour event. I think the group walked away with some great shots as it is peak blooming time for many native species at the nature center. It was a fun event for everyone in sharing some of each others photography tips and ideas. Some images to share from the event today on July 19, 2016.

Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion, Allium cernuum

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Rosenweed, Silphium integrifolium

Rosenweed, Silphium integrifolium

Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Prairie Indian Plantain, Arnogossum plantagineum

Pale Indian Plantain, Cacalia atriplicifolia

Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Woodland Sunflower, Helianthus divaricatus

Woodland Sunflower, Helianthus divaricatus

Sweet Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia subtomentosa

Sweet Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia subtomentosa

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Dense Blazingstar, Liatris spicata

Dense Blazingstar, Liatris spicata

Blackeyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Blackeyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Early Goldenrod, Solidago juncea

Early Goldenrod, Solidago juncea

 

Spring Blooming Native Wildflowers in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 9, 2016

I have put together some recently taken images of wildflowers here in Waukesha Co. There are a couple that are native to the midwest, but not Wisconsin. Those wildflowers are stated on the images. Images were taken in 2016 through June 9, 2016.

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Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

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Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

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Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis alba

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Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis

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Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

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Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

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Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

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Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

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Meadow Phlox, Phlox maculata (introduced species in Wisconsin)

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Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

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Wild Blue Indigo, Baptisia australis, (introduced species in Wisconsin)

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Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

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Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

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Wild Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis

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Meadow Phlox, Phlox maculata (introduced species in Wisconsin)

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Meadow Phlox, Phlox maculata (introduced species in Wisconsin)

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Wild Iris, Blue Flag, Iris versicolor

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Wild Iris, Iris virginica shrevei

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia

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Yellow Pimpernel, Taenidia integerrima

Wildflower Walk and Photo Shoot at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha Wisconsin on July 16, 2015

We had a nice number of members show up this morning for the annual wildflower walk and photo shoot at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha. This annual event is a field trip for the Retzer Camera Club. Lighting was nice early this morning with light cloud cover and very little wind for the 2.5 hour event. I think the group walked away with some great shots as it is peak blooming time for many native species at the nature center. It was a fun event for everyone in sharing some of each others photography tips and ideas. Some images to share from the event today on July 16, 2015.

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Blue Vervain, Verbena hastata

Blue Vervain, Verbena hastata

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbecki hirta

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbecki hirta

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostem purpureum

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostem purpureum

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens

Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Early Goldenrod, Solidago juncea

Early Goldenrod, Solidago juncea

Golden Alexanders, Zizia aurea

Golden Alexanders, Zizia aurea

Prairie Coreopsis, Coreopsis palmata

Prairie Coreopsis, Coreopsis palmata

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostem purpureum

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostem purpureum

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens

One of the many photographers the wildflower walk and shoot today

One of the many photographers that attended the wildflower walk and photo shoot today!

Summer Blooming Wisconsin Native Wildflowers in Waukesha County on July 15, 2015

Summer Blooming Wisconsin Native Wildflowers in Waukesha County on July 15, 2015.

Turk's cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

Turk’s cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

Turk's cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

Turk’s cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

The bud of the Turk's cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

The bud of the Turk’s cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum

Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum

Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum

Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum

Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

Sullivant's Milkweed, Asclepias sullivantii

Sullivant’s Milkweed, Asclepias sullivantii

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Turk's cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

Turk’s cap Lily, Lilium michiganense

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbecki hirta

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbecki hirta, image taken July 5, 2015

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbecki hirta

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbecki hirta, image taken July 5, 2015

Spring Blooming Wisconsin Native Wildflowers 2015

Spring Blooming Wisconsin Native Wildflowers 2015

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Wild Iris, Iris virginica shrevei

Wild Iris, Iris virginica shrevei

Wild Iris, Iris virginica shrevei

Wild Iris, Iris virginica shrevei

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Wild Cloumbine, Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Cloumbine, Aquilegia canadensis May 8, 2015

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum May 8, 2015

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata May 8, 2015

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata May 8, 2015

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia May 8, 2015

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia

Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia May 8, 2015

Jack in the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

Jack in the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum May 8, 2015

Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica May 8, 2015

Large White Flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum

Large White Flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum May 8, 2015

Large White Flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum

Large White Flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum May 8, 2015

Large White Flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum

Large White Flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum May 8, 2015

Jack in the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

Jack in the Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum May 8, 2015

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata May 8, 2015

Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum

Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum May 8, 2015

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis April 2015

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis April 2015

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis April 2015

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis April 2015

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis April 2015

Wisconsin Native Wildflowers June 8, 2014

On a wildflower walk this morning I enjoyed some of Wisconsin’s beautiful native wildflowers. Images were taken on June 8, 2014.

Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa

Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa

Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa

Prairie Phlox, Phlox pilosa

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

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Wild Lupine, Lupinus perennis

Canada Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Canada Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Canada Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Canada Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

Wild Blue Flag, Iris virginica shrevei

Wild Blue Flag, Iris virginica shrevei

Wild Blue Flag, Iris virginica shrevei

Wild Blue Flag, Iris virginica shrevei

Prairie Smoke, Geum triforum

Prairie Smoke, Geum triforum

Prairie Smoke, Geum triforum

Prairie Smoke, Geum triforum

Wild Blue Flag, Iris versicolor

Wild Blue Flag, Iris versicolor

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

Wild Blue Phlox, Phlox divaricata

Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders, Zizia aptera

Heart-leaf Golden Alexanders, Zizia aptera

Ohio Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata with Hoverfly gathering pollen.

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata

Prairie Spiderwort, Tradescantia bracteata with Halictid Bee, gathering pollen.

Bloodroot

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Bloodroot

Scientific name: Sanguinaria canadensis

North America plant status: Native

Duration: Perennial

Habitat: Partial shade to shade in medium to moist soil.

Blooming time: April-May

Bloom color: White

Plant height: 6”-7”

Cool facts: The Indians used the red juice from the stem as a dye for war paint, baskets and clothing. It was also known to be used as an insect repellent. This early bloomer is a great early nectar source for hummingbirds and bees.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly

I had another opportunity to photograph the Ruby-throated Hummingbird in my backyard, this time enjoying Royal Catchfly (Silene regia).  As I mentioned in my last post on this fascinating species (Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Bee Balm), these hummingbirds favor red tubular flowers most of all.  Royal Catchfly, a native of Missouri, is an excellent candidate here.

Photographs taken July 21, 2013 in Waukesha County, WI.

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To see the full gallery of images, please click here.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Just this week, I had the chance to photograph a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Bee Balm at length in our yard in Waukesha, WI.  The action I captured was of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird repeatedly visiting a bed of Red Bee Balm in our yard. This solitary species is enjoyable to watch as it darts, hovers, rotates, perches, and flies both forwards and backwards (Hummingbirds are the only bird species currently known to fly backwards).  They favor red tubular flowers for nectar as is demonstrated by the vibrant Red Bee Balm pictured (Monarda didyma).

Pictures taken on July 15, 2013 in Waukesha County.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Binomial name: Archilochus colubris

Category: Hummingbirds

Description: Metallic green feathers on back, grayish-white on underparts.  Males have a vibrant red throat which may appear dark in poor lighting. Wings are dark gray, almost black.  Long, slender bill is black in color and mostly straight with a slight curve at the tip.

Size: 2.8″-3.5″ long, 3” – 4” wingspan

Weight: 0.071 oz. – 0.21 oz.

Habitat: Broadleaf and pine forests, orchards, meadows, parks, and gardens

Diet: Tree and flower nectar, small insects, and spiders

Nesting: The female provides all parental care, building a nest in a protected tree or shrub on a slightly downward-sloping limb.  They favor deciduous trees such as oak, birch, or poplar.  The nest is made out of bud scales, lichen, spider silk, and dandelion or thistle down.  The same nest may be used year after year with the female making annual repairs.  The female will lay 1-3 eggs at a time, laying eggs once or twice per summer.  The young remain in the nest for 22-25 days.

Notes: A list of just some of the of native wildflowers we have planted in our yard to attract these exquisite tiny birds are: Red Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis),  Royal Catchfly (Silene regia), Butterfly Milkweed (Ascelpias tuberose), Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta), Nodding Onion (Allium cernuum), Penstemon species, Echinacea species.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Red Bee Balm

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Wildflowers and Dragonflies

Wildflower and Dragonfly images from Waukesha, Wisconsin, July 14, 2013.

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Ruby Meadowhawk, Sympetrum rubicundulum

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Halloween Pennat, Celithemis eponina

Halloween Pennat, Celithemis eponina

Butterfly Plant Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Plant Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Marsh Phlox, Phlox glaberrima

Marsh Phlox, Phlox glaberrima

Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis

Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Halloween Pennat, Celithemis eponina

Halloween Pennat, Celithemis eponina

Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virgincum

Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virgincum

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostemum purpureum

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostemum purpureum

Butterfly Plant Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Plant Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Red Beebalm, Monarda didyma

Red Bee Balm, Monarda didyma