Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter

Sharp-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba)

Bloodroot (Sangunaria canadensis)

For the first time in about 3 years, we're actually having a nice spring here in Chicago. There has been ample warmth and sunshine. Today was gorgeous, and Leon and I took an Easter morning walk at Bluff Spring Fen. In addition to the very familiar spring wildflowers like Bloodroot and Hepatica, we saw some more unusual species, like Early Buttercup and Whitlow Cress.

Early Buttercup (Ranunculus fascicularis)

Whitlow Cress (Draba reptans)

I especially like the Whitlow cress, because it's so tiny. The entire plant in the photo could be covered with a dime- with room to spare.

There were other important signs of spring at the Fen today, as well.

Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetle (Cicindela duodecimguttata)

After we returned from the Fen, we had our friend Michael over for a traditional Easter dinner of ham, squash, and rice pilaf. Michael brought over a special Easter bread that he made, and we had home-made raspberry ice cream for dessert. What made the meal especially fun is that it was in the 70's this afternoon, so we ate out on the screened porch.

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At 03:13, Blogger Marvin said...

Love the wildflowers -- and tiger beetle. Sounds as if y'all had a great Easter.

At 13:51, Blogger Lemuel said...

love the flowers!

At 16:34, Blogger rodger said...

Oh...I'm terribly jealous...what I'd do for 70's! We got close a few weeks back but the spring rains returned with a vengeance and then the arctic air hit. We had snow last Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Granted it didn't last long but snow none the less. Aaaargh!

Love the Whitlow Cress, the blossom is gorgeous.

At 13:30, Blogger jeannette said...

Lovely little flowers -the sharp lobed Hepatica especially. That first time in the year to eat outside is always special:)


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