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.
False Rue Anemone:
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:
Common Blue Violet:
Dogtooth Violet (Trout Lily):
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):
Smooth Solomon’s Seal:
Nodding Trillium (Soon to be blooming):
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.
Since I was riding my bike and exploring the woodlands, I also recorded a few images of those activities.
Biking at Ingawanis Woodlands:
For those interested in a brief video, I have put the images above to music: