Glory of the Snow

As I follow the sequence of bloom through the seasons, my focus is “wild” flowers, plants that occur in natural, uncultivated landscapes. There are exceptions of course, and no better example than Glory of the Snow. This hardy garden escapee, naturalized in my lawn, appears in late March and early April, often blooming in snow.

In addition to the visual treat of seeing the first floral color of the season, Glory of the Snow gives me an opportunity to observe the influence of annual variations in climate on the life cycles of plant and animal life (phenology). I selected and dated images from 2016 through yesterday to illustrate this fascinating annual conflict between winter and spring. Spring always wins, but more convincingly in some years than others!

18April2018: A week or more (?) until full bloom


14April2017: full bloom and a welcome event for hungry honey bees


29March2016: approaching full bloom, but experiencing a snowy delay




Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.


7 thoughts on “Glory of the Snow

  1. What a wonderful way to document natures patterns. I seem to have landed in a place of some rather amazing biodiversity up in the Siskiyous (rather accidentally, but very serendipitously)! I’m thinking my macro shots might create a record similar to yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Thanks Gunta. I hope you follow up. Documenting natural events over time adds another dimension to casual observations that can have scientific as well as personal value. My passion for fly fishing got me going on the subject – what is blooming when the mayflies are hatching and the fish are responding?! I thought the strange weather and late spring might have destroyed a generation of wood frogs. And then they appeared in my vernal pool yesterday – a month late. I learned a thing or two, and slept well.

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