A roadtrip for the purpose of collecting samples of basswood from throughout its range
(and seeing some of the country in the process)

Day 1:  Wisconsin

Phillips, WI
Fred Smith's Wisconsin County Park
Friends of Fred Smith

Day 2:  Wisconsin and Minnesota

Indian pipe, Chequamegon NF, WI

Chequamegon NF, WI

Basswood leaves/flowers, Chequamegon NF, WI

Basswood tree, Chequamegon NF, WI

Chequamegon NF, WI

Basswood tree, Chippewa NF, MN

Mississippi River, Grand Rapids, MN

Day 3:  Minnesota and Iowa

Basswood, Nerstrand-Big Woods S.P., Minn.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum - the Masters Hotel, Burr Oak, Iowa

Day 4:  Iowa

Yellow River State Forest, Iowa (in the Driftless Area)

A bittersweet sight:  a shuttered greyhound track in Waterloo

Louis Sullivan's Jewel Box, Grinnell, Iowa

AAA Iowa Cubs vs. Nashville Sounds, Principal Park, Des Moines

This is frightening - I went with a corn dog instead

Day 5:  Missouri.  No pictures :(

Day 6:  Missouri and Illinois

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis

Sea bells, Cubanola dominguensis

Screw pine

Chinese garden

Chihuly glass in reflecting pool, with Cyclotron in background

Water lilies?

Orchids in Cyclotron

Then... some more fruitless driving in Missouri, followed by camp in southern Illinois alongside Horseshoe Lake.

Cypress swamp, near sunset

Day 7:  Illinois and home

Baldcypress tree in Horseshoe Lake, showing its "knees"

Riverlore Mansion, Cairo IL

Magnolia Manor museum, Cairo IL

Brick paving outside the Riverlore Mansion

Location of Fort Defiance, southeastern tip of Illinois. Ohio River is from the left, Mississippi River is from the right and ahead.

Superman statue, Metropolis IL

Bluffs along Ohio River, Cave-in-Rock State Park, IL

Cave-in-Rock State Park, IL - from inside the actual cave in rock

The end of the first leg of the trip!