Wichita Mountains – Late June

June 19, 2016 at 1:26 pm (Bird photography, Birds - Oklahoma, Dragonflies and Bugs, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildflowers, Wildlife)

Cow elk and youngster

Cow elk and youngster

People who have been here awhile say the lushness of the wildflowers and prairie grasses is the best they’ve seen in awhile. There was a drought the previous few years, but this spring has been abundantly wet.

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The elk on the refuge were reintroduced in the early 1900s after the native Merriam’s elk were exterminated. The Rocky Mountain subspecies is larger, and numbers between 700 and 800 at the refuge.

Prairie sabatia

Prairie sabatia

Some of the most beautiful flowers don’t make a spectacle of themselves, nestled cozily in the grass. The prairie sabatia is one of those.

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Others love being the center of attention, such as the Indian blanketflower.

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It happens to be the state flower of Oklahoma.

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Plains coreopsis

Plains coreopsis

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Sneezeweed is very common. It grows shorter in the prairie dog towns because the dawgs keep it mowed.

Female widow skimmer

Female widow skimmer

Last week I posted a male widow skimmer. Here is the lady.

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A colorful bug snuggled in a colorful flower.

 

Buffalo bur

Buffalo bur

I was surprised to find this is in the nightshade family.

American Basketflower

American Basketflower

This is a lovely, tall flower that at first glance looks like a thistle.

American Basketflower

American Basketflower

The flower bases are the “baskets.”

Wavyleaf Thistle

Wavyleaf Thistle

Here’s the native thistle for comparison.

Antelope horns milkweed seeds

Antelope horns milkweed seeds

The early season flowers are setting seed.

Bobwhite male

Bobwhite male

Sometimes the bobwhite males find a nice rock from which to sing “bob-WHITE!” but most of the time they manage to remain hidden in the grass.

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1 Comment

  1. The Smiling Pilgrim said,

    Wow that last picture looks so amazing with the orange, reds, and yellows!

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