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.

10 thoughts on “Searching for Spring in 2018

  1. Beautiful! I appreciate the photos of the woodland flowers since I can no longer hike into wooded areas.

  2. So nice to see flowers from a wet area. I have actually never seen skunk cabbage, I don’t think. it’s a cool picture of it. I should get out and take more pictures. I am usually snapping away this time of year. It’s just so discouraging when it is this dry. Most of my time is spend in creating safe space around the house from fire. We only had 3% of normal snow pack, and no rain. Visualizing the trees dripping and happy.

    • There are a lot of poorly drained, swampy sites with muck soils in this glaciated region – prime habitat for plants like skunk cabbage. Glad you enjoyed the photo! The environmental extremes that are becoming the norm are worrisome to say the least. Regardless of the event, an endless winter or drought, I tend to think about the possible impacts, top to bottom on the food chain. E.g. I haven’t read anything official yet, but I fear that our late spring might have crushed the bee population. Your situation sounds dreadful and I’ll pray for rain and recovery. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That Red Trillium is particularly attractive. I enjoy seeing photographs of plants I have read about. It is lovely to follow your signs of spring as our autumn deepens.

    • Thanks Anne. The trilliums were photographed in a local park natural area, a place with mature trees and moist, fertile soils…. a woodland wild flower haven.

  4. Interesting to compare your springtime arrivals. Looks like you’re a bit behind us here. But that red trillium more than makes up for it. I’ve never seen one that color here. It’s beautiful! Truly.

  5. Spring is so welcome, whenever it arrives. Our dates seem to be about the same — but whenever it come, sooner or later, I step into it with delight. Thanks for sharing your moments of discovery, Nick.

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