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The Prairie Spirit Trail Blossoms in Late Summer

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One of the great things about the Prairie Spirit Trail is that it runs through the prairie, and prairies are alive with blooms, especially at this time of the year.

The following are some flower blossoms from a ride between Colony and Iola:

Missouri Goldenrod
Missouri Goldenrod
Bitter Sneezeweed
Bitter Sneezeweed
Showy Partridge Pea
Showy Partridge Pea
Maximilian Sunflower
Maximilian Sunflower
Trumpet Vine
Trumpet Vine
Tall Thistle
Tall Thistle
Illinois Tickclover
Illinois Tickclover
Butterfly Weed
Butterfly Weed
Tall Joe-Pye Weed
Tall Joe-Pye Weed
Rough-Leaf Dogwood
Rough-Leaf Dogwood
Flowering Spurge
Flowering Spurge
Woolly Croton
Woolly Croton

Some of these are very large and showy, while other are more subtle. Keep on the lookout, and be prepared to stop and examine flowers in more detail. You will be amazed by what you can see if you just take the time to look closely.

The blooms are also an excellent place to spot insects, bees, butterfly, and hummingbirds!

Randy Rasa
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