SPRING WILDFLOWERS, found at Silver Lake Park, in Highland, Illinois. Photos taken last Saturday.
Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica
Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria
White Trout Lily, Erythronium albidum
Many White Trout Lilies do not bloom, but just send up a single leaf.
Common Yellow Violet, Viola pubescens
Wake Robin, Trillium sessile
Common Blue Violet, Viola sororia
Pink variety of Spring Beauty. All the flowers show above are native to eastern North America.
Here are some more photos taken at Silver Lake:
This being Passion Week, here I show the thorns of the Hawthorn tree (Crataegus punctata). Sharp and painful.
Some mushrooms. I met some people looking for Morel mushrooms, which are currently in season.
I don't remember what this is.
This is a crawfish, a small freshwater variant of lobster. It is a delicacy, used in many recipes handed down from the early French settlers.
Another Spring Beauty.