The wet spring of 2015 seems to have been kind to a beautiful wildflower, the Ohio spiderwort.
The blossoms of this Ohio spiderwort, which I photographed at Morton Grove's Miami Woods, are emerging from buds here.
The blossoms have blue petals with stamens with yellow tips. Another name for this plant is--wait for it--snotweed.
While the Ohio spiderworts usually grow in isolation, the can form colonies, particularly on roadsides and near railroad tracks. Kloempkin Prairie in Des Plaines, where I took this photograph, is adjacent to Golf Road and a busy rail line.