|The Illusive Green Dragon|
The day was beautiful! High 60's and sunny. The trail was a bit muddy, but the waterfalls were fantastic. The Spring Wildflowers were hanging on. We drove to Hennepin Canyon parking lot off of Rt. 71. There was 34 hikers and 2 dogs. Not much trash on the trails today. Of course there shouldn't be any.
|Map at the trailhead|
|Multi flora rose near the parking lot.|
|Not much of a view from Hennepin Canyon Overlook|
|Coming off of Hennepin Canyon we saw these fisherman on the river|
|Hennepin Canyon looking south from the walkway bridge|
|Hennepin Canyon Waterfall ( I zoomed the camera)|
|Looking down into Hennepin Canyon (notice the bird's nest)|
|Zoomed in photo of the bird's nest|
|Doll's eye plant|
|A young Paw Paw tree|
|Everyone waiting at the top of the stairs of Owl Canyon|
|View of Owl Overlook (now closed) from the Illinois river|
|good showing of Mouse Eared Chickweed|
|The underside of Solomon's Seal|
|It's hard to see, but there is some Yarrow here. It is the plant with feathery like leaves.|
|There are still quite a few Jack in the Pulpits out there|
|Ferns are everywhere and every shape|
|Little bit of mud on the trail|
|After the hike, many of the hikers stop in our Cafe for a cup of coffee, soda or have lunch. The Cafe staff changes this inspirational saying at least once a week.|
After the break, Jack, Joe and I went in search of the Illusive Green Dragon. Yes that is the real name. When on the search, we were approached by quite a few hikers on the trail wondering what we were looking for. When we told them the Green Dragon, they thought we were kidding them. After a lengthy search, Jack had the eye for it. It wasn't the one we had seen in the past, and it wasn't perfect. But it was a Green Dragon.
|The Illusive Green Dragon. Notice the whorled leaves with the flower (green dragon) underneath the leaves. It is a cousin to the Jack in the Pulpit. Best of all, check out the yellow center of the flower shooting out.|
I will leave you with this: Take time today to appreciate someone who does something you take for granted.