Kip’s Comments 4-25-17

Virginia Bluebells at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434755 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Anemones, Violets, and More Wildflower Species

Shortly after sunrise and before our sky clouded over today I went for a wildflower bike ride. Ingawanis Woodlands was the location for my jaunt and the setting was so very pretty. Wildflowers were everywhere, so much so that nearly each step off the trail put you on a wild plant. The variety was non-stop and I have been finding different species with each visit. After finding several elusive rue anemones, I decided to find and photograph the three anemone species commonly seen in Northeast Iowa during this time of year – false rue anemone, wood anemone, and rue anemone. Their blossoms are similar, but the leaves of each species makes it easy to identify them. Note: Blossom color sometimes varies.      

Rue Anemone:                    

Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434604 (© Kip Ladage)

Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434604 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434629 (© Kip Ladage)

Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434629 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wood Anemone:                  

Wood Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434827 (© Kip Ladage)

Wood Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434827 (© Kip Ladage)

 

False Rue Anemone:      

False Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434472 (© Kip Ladage)

False Rue Anemone at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434472 (© Kip Ladage)

 

After working on the anemones I decided to do the same for the violets. Two violet species are common at Ingawanis Woodlands – downy yellow violet and common blue violet.  A third violet species – the dogtooth violet, is also known as a trout lily and is actually in the lily family. When you study the leaves of the trout lily (dogtooth violet), it is easy to see the reason for the name.  

Downy Yellow Violet:

Yellow Violet at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434841 (© Kip Ladage)

Yellow Violet at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434841 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Common Blue Violet:      

Common Blue Violet at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434401 (© Kip Ladage)

Common Blue Violet at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434401 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dogtooth Violet (Trout Lily):      

Dogtooth Violet (Trout Lily) at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434436 (© Kip Ladage)

Dogtooth Violet (Trout Lily) at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434436 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dogtooth Violet (Trout Lily) at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434444 (© Kip Ladage)

Dogtooth Violet (Trout Lily) at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434444 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I continued to shoot pictures of other wildflowers when I found blossoms that interested me. There was no story behind these photos. I just liked blossom or settings.    

Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats):              

Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434656 (© Kip Ladage)

Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434656 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434665 (© Kip Ladage)

Sessile Bellwort (Wild Oats) at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434665 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Smooth Solomon’s Seal:                  

Smooth Solomon's Seal at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434673 (© Kip Ladage)

Smooth Solomon’s Seal at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434673 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Woodland Phlox:      

Woodland Phlox at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434835 (© Kip Ladage)

Woodland Phlox at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434835 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Greek Valerian:      

Greek Valerian at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434529 (© Kip Ladage)

Greek Valerian at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434529 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Wild Ginger:    

Wild Ginger at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434794 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Ginger at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434794 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Spring Beauty:    

Spring Beauty at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434692 (© Kip Ladage)

Spring Beauty at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434692 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Jack-in-the-Pulpit:    

Jack-in-the-Pulpit at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434575 (© Kip Ladage)

Jack-in-the-Pulpit at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434575 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Swamp Buttercup:

Swamp Buttercup at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434707 (© Kip Ladage)

Swamp Buttercup at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434707 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dutchman’s Breeches:  

Dutchman's Breeches at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434468 (© Kip Ladage)

Dutchman’s Breeches at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434468 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Nodding Trillium (Soon to be blooming):

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434577 (© Kip Ladage)

Nodding Trillium at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434577 (© Kip Ladage)

 

I want to point out that in the area of Ingawanis Woodlands that is referred to as “The Bottoms” the landscape is covered from edge to edge with Virginia bluebells. The time spent shooting these particular images will not soon be forgotten. I have never seen so many bluebells in one place.    

Virginia Bluebells:      

Virginia Bluebells at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434713 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Bluebells at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434713 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Virginia Bluebells at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434755 (© Kip Ladage)

Virginia Bluebells at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434755 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Since I was riding my bike and exploring the woodlands, I also recorded a few images of those activities.  

Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands:    

Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434230 (© Kip Ladage)

Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434230 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434287 (© Kip Ladage)

Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434287 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434340 (© Kip Ladage)

Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434340 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Framed Minnesota 2.0 at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434494 (© Kip Ladage)

Framed Minnesota 2.0 at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434494 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Framed Minnesota 2.0 at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434510 (© Kip Ladage)

Framed Minnesota 2.0 at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434510 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Framed Minnesota 2.0 at Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434516 (© Kip Ladage)

Framed Minnesota 2.0 at Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434516 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Ingawanis Woodlands:

Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434540 (© Kip Ladage)

Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434540 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Ingawanis Woodlands - Image 434556 (© Kip Ladage)

Ingawanis Woodlands – Image 434556 (© Kip Ladage)

 

For those interested in a brief video, I have put the images above to music:

A Wildflower Bike Ride at Ingawanis Woodlands

        

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