Posts Tagged ‘lupine’

Revisiting Favorite Places

June 10, 2013
A field of Lupine near Plainfield, Wisconsin.

A field of Lupine near Plainfield, Wisconsin.

I photograph what I know best, the landscape about me. Based on my knowledge of the area, the time of year and my best estimate of light conditions, I typically plan to visit a half dozen places during a morning’s photographic venture. I have visited many of these places multiple times before, you could call them my favorite places. I often take a new route to a favorite place and at times am reward by finding an additional favorite place.  Such is the case with today’s image.

The location is near Plainfield, Wisconsin not far from a Wisconsin State Natural Area containing a federally endangered plant. Visiting this SNA over the years, I began to notice this field of lupine becoming more impressive over time. Lupine is an important flowering plant in these parts as the Karner Blue Butterfly (a federally listed endangered species) is totally dependent on lupine for it’s life cycle.  Central Wisconsin hosts a health population of Karner Blue’s.

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Lupine

May 20, 2012

Lupine – Plainfield, Wisconsin

Wild lupine (Lupinus perennis) is blooming again in central Wisconsin.  Our sandy soils present good growing conditions especially in full sun.  You can see it growing sporadically in small clumps along our roadways but it grows particularly well in areas recently cleared by fire, logging, grazing or other disturbances. Lupine does not tolerate shade from brush, trees or even tall grasses.

The Karner Blue Butterfly (a federally listed endangered species) is totally dependent on lupine for it’s life cycle.  Karner Blues emerge in several large hatches beginning the end of May or early June.  I walked several patches of lupine this morning and did not find any Karner Blues, the area’s first hatch may still be coming.

The above image was obtained this morning on Highway 73 just east of Plainfield, Wisconsin.

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