Wisconsin’s wild lupine

We ventured north this weekend to the shores of Lake Superior.  After a miserably cold and rainy week the weather cleared in perfect time for the weekend, and with little to no winds and mild temperatures it was a wonderful time to explore new areas.  We wandered the highways and county roads of northern Wisconsin and even went to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  After the wet and late spring we’ve had, the roadsides are now in full bloom.  We were first treated to the white daisies and orange hawk weed that were abundant throughout the central part of Wisconsin.  Then as we reached the south shore of Lake Superior and continued to the north in Bayfield County, the lupine were in their prime.  I had seen photos of the wild lupine in the Bayfield area before, but they appeared to be in a large garden area.  I was not prepared for the plethora of blooms that were gracing the sides of the highways.  This photo was taken along the side of Highway 13 just north of Washburn.  With their blue, purple, pink, and white spikes they were a treat to the eyes and a reminder of how much we appreciate the colors of spring that replace the white of our winter season.

5 thoughts on “Wisconsin’s wild lupine

  1. Joan June 27, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    omg that is so amazing! Makes our wildflowers look tiny.

  2. Beth Meyers June 27, 2011 / 12:50 pm

    The lupines are typically in bloom around Father’s Day in northern Wisconsin–I always think it’s a beautiful salute to them.

    • lindastaatsphoto June 29, 2011 / 3:30 pm

      Steve — thanks for the comment. You have some wonderful images on your blog. I’ve never seen the Texas bluebonnets but they’re on my list of places to go and things to see.

      • Steve Schwartzman June 29, 2011 / 4:51 pm

        Thanks. I’m glad you like what I’m doing to promote native plants. The drought here made this spring a poor one for bluebonnets, but last year they were plentiful. Perhaps they’ll be again when you come for your visit.

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