Spring has Sprung and Gone

by Dan Doviddio

Now that summer is here, I thought I’d put together a little spring 2010 review. In the upper midwest, after a hard winter, there is nothing like spring to bring about great cheer. Warmer weather, the rain and storms, everything but winter. This year has been quite a spring in the Chicago area. Third warmest spring on record and rain like we live in Florida.

March
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The neighborhood hawk checking things out.

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The obligatory kite in tree

April
Coyotes were big news in Wheaton, IL this spring. This is one that was in the backyard behind our house.
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Lazing in the back yard.
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Saw me and decided to move on. This was late in the evening as the sun was going down, so a lot of contrast. He was pretty shaggy looking. My neighbor was afraid for his kids. I really don’t have anything to say to that.

Budding Trees
Flowering trees. Where does one start and the other end?

Colin’s and my adventure to Starved Rock State Park
My buddy Colin and I took a Friday afternoon off to shoot Starved Rock State Park. It was a very warm April afternoon.
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One of many wild flowers at the park

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Frogs keeping cool

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One of the waterfalls

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Cool knurled log of a fallen tree

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One of the many rock valleys. Kind of hard to believe you’re in Illinois.

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A smaller waterfall.

May
Here come the rains and mushrooms...
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And of course, flowers
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These smell like vanilla

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Snow in Summer

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Butterfly on lilac bush

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Lilac up close

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Lily of the Valley

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Not sure the name, but a bush in our backyard

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This is on a vine that I’m surprised makes it out of winter

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From the onion family

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I love these old fashioned Bleeding Hearts. So delicate and native I think.

June
Not summer yet officially
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New lilly perennial for us this year

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Another new perennial

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And one more we added to our perennial flower garden.

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And here’s one we added 11 years ago. Lookin’ good.

All in all, probably the nicest spring weather wise I can remember for a long time. Now for Summer!