Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois State Beach Park – Part Deux

We were back to camp at Illinois State Beach Park.

This area is a very different area than anywhere else in Midwest. The plants are very unique and were fun to find.
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Juniperus horizontalis – Creeping Juniper
In 2006, creeping juniper was listed as endangered in Illinois.

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Right up there, crawling through the sand… In Illinois!!

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Small white flower = Moehringia laterfolia ~ Bluntleaf sandwort

The white spiky plant is a mystery. I’m not even sure where to start =O It’s killing me tho… someone save me?!?

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Looking North towards Milwaukee…

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Looking South towards Chicago…

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I’ll link a later post here about these rocks…

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Not a rock a moss ball!

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Zion nuclear power plant. Still standing… It was supposed to be gone in 2014.

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Umm, I’m no engineer, however I wouldn’t use this ramp.

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More juniper… creeping.

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Breck and Lake Michigan

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Old beach house.

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Lupine, lupine everywhere!

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Asparagus!

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Red-Wing blackbird

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Opuntia – Prickly pear – The fruit is edible. Pretty kewl eh, Cacti in Illinois!

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© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

22 thoughts on “Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois State Beach Park – Part Deux

  1. Lupines! (Lupins to me) – I just love them. One of my trips yet to be planned is to go out to PEI where they apparently grow wild in fields. I would love to see fields full of flowering lupins! 🙂

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  2. Interesting pics of the park. Looks so deserted in places and seems to be no one else around. I imagine the lake water is extremely cold so that almost know one takes a dip.

    Lupines and cactus are common in Texas and did not know they grow in Illinois. But I know there are many kinds of lupines in many states.

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    • I was here a few years ago and it wasn’t that crowded either. The only folks here this time were fisherman, boaters and us. Yes, the water is chilly & non-swimmable, but the area is so full of cool plants and views… It was sad to see no one out and about enjoying this area. It really saddens me that areas like this may disappear as no one goes out and enjoys them. Dam the T.V. & Nintendo!! Get your butt outside!!!

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