We had an enthusiastic group of roving reed canary and garlic mustard pullers, including first-time volunteers, Charles from Park Forest and Bob from Lemont. Working our way west on the trail, we filled a number of trash bags with weeds and hauled them back to the lot.
Some pleasant surprises awaited us, most notably multiple clusters of blooming fire pink and bedstraw. The play of light and shadow was striking. Our thanks to Bob Schwaan for sharing the photo at bottom right.
Sunday afternoon was a warm one so we were grateful for the shade of the woodland, and whatever breeze came our way. The two flowers in the panel below, both deemed weeds, are nonetheless quite pretty. Perhaps they're held in higher regard in their home range.