I always use this huge cottonwood to get back to my car. It is three trees but appears as one when in leaf. Some Native Americans believed ones soul returned to the cottonwoods. This is over 600 acres of prairie and a woodlands. This is a favorite area for me to examine my thoughts and enjoy the beauty offered year round. In the winter if there is over 4 inches of snow, they offer skis to cruise around well groomed trails. It is always fun to meet new people with similar interests.
The Viceroy Butterfly is a Monarch mimic. It is much smaller and has the bars across the midwing.
I like the star shape on the blooms of this phlox.
One can see how the petals twist in a spiral on the toad lily and then swell to produce a huge seed pod for such a small bloom.
This bee chews through the hollow petals to get to the nectar within.
Monarch Butterfly caterpillar
Visit Marcie the originator of Sunday Strolls. Her Quiet Country House in Michigan is always a treat to visit.