Last Friday, Jim and I drove down to Starved Rock State Park. We hiked over hill and dale and saw carpets of wildflowers, as well as waterfalls fed by the spring rains. Here are some highlights.
Red trilliums were everywhere–I love their common name: wakerobin.
Here’s some wild phlox with ferns. The fern on the right is hanging off the cliff, about 40 feet above a stream.
Above, Virginia bluebells reflected in a stream. Below, white Virginia bluebells!
There were carpets of Spring Beauty (below) covering hillsides. The flowers are tiny, but the effect was breathtaking.
If only this plant had a better name! It’s called lousewort. I think I’ll rename it Mr. Ruffles.
I was amazed to see this lovely wildflower, called Bellwort. An aristocrat among wildflowers.
Also was amazed to see shooting stars, especially in three different colors!
Lastly, a waterfall. Hope you have enjoyed! Peace. Fran