In the meantime, I wanted to focus on late summer flowers. The asters, thistles, and black-eyed susans are in bloom and a variety of wildflowers are full of butterflies and bees. If you're a macro-camera buff, this is the ideal time for all kinds of beautiful bug photos.
|Bees like all the blooming flowers now, including thistle|
|Pretty aster are plentiful|
Milwaukee Rotary Centennial Arboretum. A lot has changed since it was first started. Everything is growing and in bloom now where there used to be just dirt. What a fabulous addition to our parks. This is adjacent to the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park. You can bike there using the Oak Leaf Trail. If you do that, take a short detour at Cambridge Woods neighborhood for a few blocks and go see the Boat House (3138 N. Cambridge), something that is pretty unique. You will eventually need to park the bike and walk down to the river as the river trail is not bike friendly. His hike takes you on the East Bank Trail along the river, then you cross on a new pedestrian bridge just past North Avenue and pick up the Beerline Trail. The book includes photos, written descriptions, and maps of the 40 hikes.
|Have you ever seen a real boat being used for a house?|
If you want more suggestions for hikes, look for Ice Age hikes at Every Trail website and a list from Wisconsin Trails of 6 fall hikes within 60 miles of Milwaukee which includes many of my favorites. For hikes in the county parks, check the Park People website. There are a few butterfly gardens in Lake Park, though they were created with storm water in mind and are called rain gardens. You can read more about them at this link. You'll find a large number of bugs here if you are patient. Any of the parks with meadows will be likely candidates for bugs and butterflies.
|Havenwoods Prairie restoration|
|Whitefish Bay Butterfly Garden|
There is a beautiful butterfly garden, complete with signage at Whitefish Bay's Cahill Park (Marlborough & Chateau). This garden is tended with loving care by the local garden club.
Don't forget a stroll through Lakeshore State Park with its beautiful rain gardens. Such a picturesque spot on the lake is great for photos.
Every day is a great day to stroll through Boerner Botanical Gardens too. Now you'll find a variety of fall flowers. Be sure to check out the trial gardens if you have time. They normally have a few garden walks through October, but I'm not seeing any on the calendar at this time.
|The city view from Lakeshore State Park|