The DuPage River was well above flood stage by the time the rain stopped Friday. Saturday morning I headed for the park immediately after getting up, having the crazy idea that I might, possibly, be able to get onto the back path to check on the wildflowers.  This sign usually stands on a post on the bank of the river, well above the water, and the opening for the water flow through the dam is well under all the rubbish.

On the other side the water was still rushing full speed.  There’s an overflow area on either side with water quite a ways up each one.  No fishing birds today!  See the steps on the right?  There are similar steps on “my” side of the dam, the side in the first shot.  All of them were still completely covered.

Yeah, so much for my big idea of slogging along the path. This is the start of the back path I like to walk. Although the waters had receded, it was obvious that despite wearing my boots, I wasn’t going to be looking for wildflowers here today!  It was beyond sloppy.

Along the main path, signs of spring were abundant.  Green was the predominant color and most of the wildflowers are small and subtle, but these blossoms were bright and beautiful.

The grass was lush and tall…as is the grass in our yard!  Yesterday, Sunday, it was finally dry enough for my husband to mow.  A few days ago when the lawn service mowed the lawn next door, the result looked like rows of hay waiting to dry in the fields.

New life.

These little guys won’t be little for very long, but they look like little green umbrellas right now.  Soon they’ll look like the top canopy of a mini rain forest.

Nothing gilds the lily of a wildflower quite like some rain drops and there were those aplenty.

I have so many more photos that we’ll have to continue the walk tomorrow.  This edition is for Jo’s Monday Walk.  Join her for a walk in Portugal or discover walks in various parts of the world on her site.

  1. ksbeth says:

    how beautiful in spite of everything

  2. You found a lot of beauty in some unusual places, Janet. I like the little umbrellas.

  3. Su Leslie says:

    As others have said, you found such beauty, especially in those tiny, water-speckled flowers.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    Your walk has a familiar look to it. Still, it is good to see green.

  5. joey says:

    Lil unexpected havens, I likey!

  6. Lignum Draco says:

    Glad you stayed clear of the flood waters. you see on the news too many stories of woe from people who don’t.
    Glad you found some beautiful flowers to ponder. I hope it dries up soon.

    • We’ve had four days without rain so far, so the water has receded quite a bit, but the paths are still very muddy. The flowers made the walk well worth doing.

  7. restlessjo says:

    Heavens, that’s a lot of water! 🙂 🙂 The photo of the damp white bloom is beyond beautiful, Janet. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Now, that’s a lot of fast moving water.

  9. marianallen says:

    Our Mayapple umbrellas have already come and been covered by other undergrowth. Spring lived up to its name, this year. Winter…winter…still winter…BOING! SPRING!

  10. You found some gorgeous little wildflowers, Janet. 😍