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The summer of wildflowers

August 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Last summer’s drought, combined with some spring burning and wet weather in April and May have produced some spectacular displays at prairies – both original and restored – in central Illinois.

Accounts from prairie settlers spoke of grass as high as a man on horseback.

Thanks to plenty of moisture, we may yet see that as August turns into September.

But before the grasses take center stage, the wildflowers have turned in a spectacular performance.

Above: A black swallowtail butterfly on wild bergamot.

David Nance collects butterflies in a patch of prairie blazingstar at Anderson Prairie Park in Pana.

The restored prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve in Fulton County glows golden yellow.

The prairie at the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary blooms yellow with sweet black-eyed Susans.

A honey bees crawls inside the flower of jewelweed (or spotted touch-me-not) at the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary in Springfield.

The sun sets behind gray-headed coneflowers at the Nipper Wildlife Sanctuary near Loami.



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