McDonald Woods 2

Back to McDonald Woods Forest Preserve

Vertical panoramic-great for trees!

Vertical panoramic-great for trees!

The southern portion of the trail meandered through open grasslands, dry and hot. Backing right up to the edge of the preserve was a subdivision, big houses with small yards. The juxtaposition was intriguing, but I didn’t get that shot. Maybe next time.

Still, everywhere there were flowers!

Don't know what these are called, but I love the bright orange!

Don’t know what these are called, but I love the bright orange!

I think the colors were the most interesting thing about them. When the most frequent wildflower you see is a dandelion, anything else becomes instantly more worthy of attention!

Sidenote – I don’t remember seeing too many dandelions growing out in the fields on our walks. Seems maybe humans have given these formerly lesser flowers a niche of their own!

Oxeye daisies, bee balm, and others

Ox-eye daisies, bee balm, and others

Heading back north, we eventually got back into the woods. There is a ravine that runs to the west of the trail here, and at the top of a ridge, there were a row of trees, obviously planted, that made an interesting subject for my panoramic setting.

The stream in the ravine was very low, as expected, and the sides were steep, so we didn’t make our way down to it. Not that we go off trail…much. Almost never! *whistling*
A nice preserve, a decent hike, with lots of hills and changes in scenery. Another one I’d like to revisit this year!

Bee balm was all over this time of the year.

Bee balm was everywhere this time of the year.

Lots of echinacea blooming around

Lots of echinacea blooming around

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