|Pitcher Plants in the Pennington Bog|
While I was there, I tested out my GPS app and my external battery. I actually wandered far enough into the bog to really need the GPS: at one point, I felt a bit lost. But the app worked, and it got me headed in the right direction. I'm looking forward to getting back into the bog during Memorial Day weekend.
|It's easy to get lost when you're walking |
through miles of this!
Now that it's May, the spring wildflowers are starting to appear. Below is a sampling of what I've seen so far...Most of the photos were taken at Jay Cooke State Park.
|Bloodroot as it's just sprouting up|
It's been a great week for Bloodroot. I've found lots of it, and I feel lucky to have gotten so many shots--the flowers only bloom for a few days.
|Bloodroot flower almost fully open|
I've really enjoyed seeing this flower through all the stages of its short life. It's one of the first significant flowers to come up through all the dead vegetation left over from the fall.
|Bloodroot colony past its peak|
|Bloodroot colony in bloom|
|Hepatica, one of the earliest flowers|
|Macro-lens shot of Hepatica|
|Macro-lens shot of Wild Ginger flower|
|Marsh Marigold buds|
Below is Sessile Bellwort, a lovely little flower I also see along the Munger Trail. I find it very difficult to get good photos of it because it's so small and it hangs downward.
|Trout Lily--they've just barely begun to bloom. You can see a bit of distortion on the edges of this shot from the macro lens.|
The older I get, the more I appreciate the beauty of spring. It feeds my soul. When I was younger, spring seemed like an annoying inconvenience, a painfully-long prelude to summer. Now, spring moves far too fast for me. I want to slow it down so I can measure and appreciate each green inch of new life coming up out of the earth, pushing through all the dead leftovers of autumn. I hope all of you, too, can get out this weekend and enjoy the spring.