Location: AL

Spring Wildflower Rambles

Spring is always an exciting time. After a long winter of bare trees, brown grass, and gray skies, the green grass, green trees, and most of all, the brilliant wildflowers, are a joy to behold.

Kansas prairies have a pretty spectacular display of color this time of the year, and I’ve been taking in as much of it as I can. Fast-paced rides give way to slowly meandering rambles, with frequent stops for photo opportunities.

Whether by trail or by road, the Spring blossoms take my breath away.

The following are a few I’ve found so far:

Prairie Wildflowers

Wildflowers2014 - Annual Fleabane

Annual Fleabane

Wildflowers2014 - Annual Fleabane 2

Annual Fleabane

Wildflowers2014 - Yellow Stargrass

Yellow Stargrass

Wildflowers2014 - Wild Onion

Wild Onion

Wildflowers2014 - Sulphur Cinquefoil

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Wildflowers2014 - Sulphur Cinquefoil 2

Sulphur Cinquefoil

Wildflowers2014 - Rockpink

Rockpink

Wildflowers2014 - Prairie Larkspur

Prairie Larkspur

Wildflowers2014 - Pale Purple Coneflower

Pale Purple Coneflower

Wildflowers2014 - Pale Poppy Mallow

Pale Poppy Mallow

Wildflowers2014 - Multiflora Rose

Multiflora Rose

Wildflowers2014 - Macoun's Hedge-Bindweed

Hedge-Bindweed

Wildflowers2014 - Goat's Beard

Goat’s Beard

Wildflowers2014 - Catalpa

Catalpa

Wildflowers2014 - Carolina Horse-Nettle

Carolina Horse-Nettle

Wildflowers2014 - Blue Wild Indigo

Blue Wild Indigo

Wildflowers2014 - Bigflower Coreopsis

Bigflower Coreopsis

Wildflowers2014 - Spiderwort

Spiderwort

Wildflowers2014 - Prairie Wild Rose

Prairie Wild Rose

Wildflowers2014 - Ox-Eye Daisy

Ox-Eye Daisy

Wildflowers2014 - Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Wildflowers2014 - Blackberry

Blackberry

Wildflowers2014 - Milkweed 2

Spider Milkweed

Wildflowers2014 - Milkweed 1

Not sure what this is … some kind of milkweed?

Wildflowers2014 - 10

Also not sure what this is … but the bugs sure do love it!

These photos were all taken in southeast Kansas, in and around Allen County (Iola). The flowers in other parts of the state are equally fantastic, so take the time to stop, look, and smell.


About The Author

By Randy Rasa, editor/webmaster at Kansas Cyclist, the web's premier Kansas cycling information site, featuring authoritative guides to Kansas cycling clubs, bike shops, organized bike rides, touring, trails, and much more. [learn more]

One Response to “Spring Wildflower Rambles”

  1. Brian L. says:

    Beautiful! Being able to take in the scenery is one of the best parts of cycling. Thanks for sharing.