Wildflower Favorites

Early spring wildflowers, the spring ephemerals, are vivid reminders of the fragile beauty and existence of life on earth. They tease and please with spectacular, short-lived blooms. They always leave us wanting more, and we’re quite willing to wait another year for another show. It never gets old.

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Serviceberry (Amelanchier), a small flowering tree

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Marsh Marigold in the wet soil along a small stream

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White Trillium, a woodland wildflower favoring rich, moist soils (1 of 2)

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Red Trillium in filtered light on a rich woodland site

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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Early Wildflowers: a Wetland Favorite

Having failed in my attempt to photograph a migrating Woodcock, I veered away from the wet thickets to a nearby hemlock swamp. I hoped to find something of interest in the melting snow.

As far as I know, Skunk Cabbage (Arum family) is the first wetland wildflower to surface and bloom. The flowers aren’t the main attraction though: it’s the protective hood, a shapely, multicolored spathe, that draws us into the muck for a closer look…and confirmation that Spring is indeed on its way.

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

 

Seasons at War

There is quite a battle going on here: winter vs spring, cold whites vs warm greens, punching and counter punching. Winter is losing, but refuses to concede.

The vibrant green shoots of wild False Hellebore emerging in a blanket of snow tell the story.

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False Hellebore (Indian Poke) in a swampy woodland 6April2016

Photo by NB Hunter

Mother’s Day Gold

Marsh Marigold (Cowslip), a common spring wildflower, is in full bloom now. Scattered clumps of brilliant, golden-yellow flowers protrude above large, kidney-shaped leaves to define wet, marshy sites. The colorful bloom is visible at a distance and brightens wild landscapes where the drab grays and browns of winter persist.

Captured on different sites under a variety of light conditions, these images are an attempt to convey the range of color and beauty of this showy wetland wildflower.

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.