Friday, April 24, 2009

Spring Creeps into the Woods

A glorious day to be out in the woods! As soon as I did the weather (we are a NWS Cooperative station), I grabbed the camera, my binocs and a radio and went out. Three hours later I returned with the following sightings:

Yes, there is still snow on the trails here, but I would say we are 99% snow free.

Striped maple (Acer pennsylvanicum) has beautiful flourescent pink buds!

And check out the bright pink female flowers of the
speckled alder (Alnus incana)! Who knew nature could have
such colors! The long dangly flowers are also from
speckled alder, but these are the males.

Trout lily (Erythronium americanum) leaves are pushing up through last autumn's debris. Unfortunately, they are mostly IN the trail! I fear for their survival as visitors rush down the path, so I put a "fence" of sticks into the ground around them, hopefully enough of an eye-catcher to slow folks down. Maybe when the flowers start to bloom that will be enough to stop eager feet.

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) has also put in an appearance. Note the two blossom ends on the berry: a single berry is created from two flowers. Nature is full of surprises!
American beech (Fagus grandifolia) leaves are still on the trees from last fall!
And moss-scapes abound! I'm going to save the mosses, however, for another post, after I've had a chance to try to ID some of them.


  1. Outstanding photographs. They make me homesick for Plattsburg, the northeastern Adirondacks, and Lake Champlain. And nice to see some snow again. We are cooking here in northeastern Pa. Temps in the mid to high 80s.

  2. the American beech trees in front of my cabin still have a few of their marcescent leaves too--and new spring buds. It looks pretty funny, actually.

    Carolyn H.