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Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) is one of my favorite plants back home in Minnesota. It is very abundant and flanks many hillsides. During the autumn it turns very vibrant reds, oranges and yellows, turning these hillsides into art.
Th staghorn sumac in this photograph was a bit of a conundrum to me, as its lower branches were already unveiling its bright red autumn colors even though it was early summer and was simultaneously putting out new, green growth. It made for pretty photograph anyway, complete with a happy green bug, if you can find him.
This photograph was taken in Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area near the lookout over the Minnesota River bluffs. Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area is in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. It was saved from urban development by the Minnesota DNR and the local community and is adjacent to a Wildlife Refuge.