Hidden in the Grass

Common Butterwort

I’m guilty. No doubt about it.  The lawn and garden work caught up with me this past week so there was not much if any time to devote to photography. Time to get back on track this weekend. It’s been a little hard to get up ambition to hit the bike trail as well. Tuesday the temps were approaching 100 and the wind was blowing strong as well. Since then, evening temps have been down to 40 with highs in the very low 60’s. I did make it out but the offerings in the gloomy day didn’t seem impressive enough to make me stop and get chilled. Yep, summer time in Minnesota.

Hoary Puccoon

Fortunately, I did get out last week and caught a few of the bike trail flowers in their prime.  The tiny flower at the top of the page almost missed my attention as I walked through some prairie grasses along the trail. I believe this is Common Butterwort but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. This plant is only about 5 to 6 inches tall with a flower about 3/4 of an inch across. I just happened to see the glitter of blue as I walked by and there they were, single flowered tiny plants hidden in the grass. They are almost like a miniature iris or lily. In the same area were groups of the golden flowers, shown second in this listing. Since the original posting, I’ve been able to determine that the name for these is the Hoary Puccoon.

Virginia Waterleaf

Finally, another shot of the pinkish-purple flower that I have since found out is Virginia Waterleaf. It loves cool wet areas and they abound in the shady, wooded areas along the trail.  Pretty impressive flower with those lengthy stamens.  I have some more photos from that evening but will post them for you tomorrow night. For now, it’s well past my bed time. Sleep well all.