May 2018: Colorful Memories

After an agonizingly slow start, Spring in Central New York did not disappoint! The month of May has been a delightful mix of activity in living color, plants and animals alike. I’m posting selected highlights, in chronological order.

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Bloodroot (4May2018)

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Marsh Marigold (7May2018)

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Trout Lily (8May2018)

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Serviceberry (12May2018)

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Sand Cherry (15May2018)

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Red Trillium (16May2018)

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Goldfinch on Sand Cherry (18May2018)

 

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Wild apple flower buds (20May2018)

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Wild apple blossoms (20May2018)

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Baltimore Oriole on its breeding territory (26May2018)

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

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Happy Mother’s Day 2018

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Star Magnolia

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Daffodil

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Red Trillium

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Wild Serviceberry (Amelanchier, Juneberry, Shadbush)

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Wild Serviceberry in full bloom

Photos by NB Hunter (May, 2018). © All Rights Reserved.

Searching for Spring in 2018

Despite the cold, late spring, I started searching for wild flowers in late April.  The search is a rite of spring, even if there’s snow in the air and it makes no sense whatsoever.

The flower buds of willow shrubs were on hold (April 27),

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As were the new shoots of False Hellebore after a freezing rain (April 29).

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Desperate for color in a wintry April landscape, I detoured to the edge of a wetland and discovered a reliable indicator of the advancing season: Skunk Cabbage (April 29).

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Finally, the weather took a serious turn for the better. The season of renewal erupted, with April events spilling over into early May. Migrating birds, black flies, wildflowers, baby animals, mud…..Spring!

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Bloodroot

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A Rails-to-Trails recreation path, with willow shrubs in bloom (May 5)

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The early blooms of willow shrubs (May 3), a lifeline for hungry bees

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Marsh Marigold (May 5)

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A tumbling brook, swollen by melting snow and frequent rain (May 5)

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White Trillium (May 5)

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Red Trillium (May 5)

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.