I've been hiking the trails of Jay Cooke State Park all spring, watching as the wildflowers sprout, grow, and then bloom. The last couple weekends have been gorgeous, in terms of what's visible. Let's get right to the photos!
|Scarlet cup fungus, JCSP|
|A rare double? I haven't seen too many that are fused together like this one.|
|Devil's Urn at the base of an old cedar, |
|More Devil's Urn on the floor of a Beltrami County bog.|
|Large Devil's Urn specimens at Jay Cooke.|
The flowers are quite large, a cheerful sight in the spring. The flowers only last a few days, so I always feel lucky when I see them.
The leaves of the Bloodroot are almost as pretty as the flowers, deeply veined with many lobes.
|Close-up of Bloodroot blossom.|
|Bloodroot colony, with flowers opening up|
|Macro shot of a Bloodroot bud emerging |
from its leafy cocoon.
Another very early flower that I try really hard to catch is Dutchman's Breeches, so named because the flowers look like pants hung on a clothesline. The leaves are quite distinctive, feathery in appearance, with a slightly bluish cast.
|One of my best shots of Dutchman's Breeches this year.|
|Trout Lily with bud|
|Such lovely leaves|
|Trout Lilies amidst a sea of Spring Beauties at Jay Cooke.|
|Lots of yellow Trouts|
|Yellow Trout Lily with bee|
The Trout Lilies also come in white, but for some reason, I find the white ones harder to photograph. I haven't yet taken a really good photo of the white ones this year...
The Trout Lilies grow in the same area as the Spring Beauties, a small pink and white striped flower, also found in vast numbers at Jay Cooke.
|Spring Beauties: very small|
|Most of the Trilliums I've seen so far haven't opened fully yet.|
|Wild Ginger's amazing flower rests on the ground.|
|Jack-in-the-Pulpit, just starting to bloom, Munger Trail.|
|An older Jack|
I was afraid I might miss Jack-in-the-Pulpit this year, but they're just coming up now in our area. They are so much fun to see.
|Looking for Jack inside the Pulpit|