wildflowers

Wildflowers of Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge by Todd Henson

All the flowers in this post were found while hiking the trails of Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, located in northern Prince William County, Virginia. This location contains a variety of terrain such as wetlands, fields, and forest, providing home to a large range of beautiful wildflowers. Most of the flowers are small and in small groupings and can be found along the edges of the different trails.

This initial grouping of flowers were all photographed on the same day in early June, but I hope to update this page over time adding new flowers found on the refuge.

Click on any of the photographs for a larger view.

American Water-willow

American Water-willow, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

American Water-willow, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Bird’s Foot Trefoil

 

Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

 

Carolina Horse Nettle

Carolina Horse Nettle, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Carolina Horse Nettle (photobomb), Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Common Daylily

Common Daylily, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Common Milkweed

Common Milkweed with a Monarch Butterfly, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

A Bumblebee on Common Milkweed, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Common Yarrow

Common Yarrow, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Crown Vetch

Crown Vetch Closeup, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Crown Vetch, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Cutleaf Evening-primrose

Cutleaf Evening-primrose growing close to the ground with groupings of both yellow and orange flowers, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Cutleaf Evening-primrose growing close to the ground with groupings of both yellow and orange flowers, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Deptford Pink

 

Deptford Pink, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

 

Hairy Skullcap

Hairy Skullcap, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Hairy Skullcap, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Oxeye Daisy

Oxeye Daisy Closeup, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Oxeye Daisy, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Sundrop

Sundrop, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Sundrop, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Virginia Rose

Virginia Rose, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019

Virginia Rose, Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Early June 2019


I hope you enjoyed this selection of flower photographs from Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. And I hope it encourages you to get out and hike your own local parks, keeping your eyes open for any wonderful wildflowers growing along the way.

Many thanks to Alexander S. Kunz for identifying the Cutleaf Evening-primrose. Please check out Alex’s website and weblogs for some beautiful photography and education about the nature and landscapes around Southern California.


Spring Brings Wildflowers by Todd Henson

Blue Phlox (possibly Emerald Blue)

Spring is approaching, and with it come the wildflowers, flowers of all sorts, actually. Last year I started looking more closely for varieties of wildflowers in various parks. This year I hope to continue the search, trying to find photogenic specimens. In this post I’ve included a small selection of flowers I’ve found in previous years. Some are wildflowers, others are flowering trees or shrubs.

Yellow Trout Lily

Cherry Blossoms

Common Blue Violet

Blue Phlox

As the weather begins to warm, keep your eyes out for some of these amazing little flowers. Most are very small and very close to the ground. So look down, spend some time crawling in the dirt, look to the edges of the trails. Put on your macro lens or macro attachments. Turn on your camera’s macro setting if you have a point and shoot. Turn away from the sweeping landscapes for a short while and investigate the closeup details.

Quaker Ladies (bluets)


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