I spent three days and two nights camping with friends at Tettegouche State Park north of Duluth a week and a half ago.
We went on a long hike each day – one through the woods to High Falls, and one along Lake Superior to Shovel Point.
As is my habit, every hike turns into a wildflower hunt.
It felt like every other minute I was stopping to photograph yet another specimen.
Most were at ground level, but some were at eye level.
The bush honeysuckle above is not a wildflower, but there were so many blooming that I had to include them. There were many other flowering shrubs, berries, and ferns that I’m not including.
Many of the wildflowers we saw are natives, but of course there were also many non-natives…
…including several on the Minnesota Wildflowers Invasive – ERADICATE! list.
Back to the natives! Fortunately for me, the park’s visitors center compiled a list of the flowers that were blooming, so I had a head start on identifying those I didn’t already know:
A new Instagram friend saw spotted coralroot a week earlier, an orchid I was disappointed to miss! I settled for a few black-eyed susans that were starting to bloom.
Quite a fun weekend for discovering wildflowers.