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Monday, April 12, 2010
Spring Overload Is Beginning!
I'm not going to be able to get all the great pictures ready even for tonight. And I went for another hike today! The weather is too perfect, and I need to get in shape for backpacking in May anyway.
The first picture is a small, early flower called trailing arbutus, Epigaea repens. The leaves are often seen, as in the picture below, but it's easy to miss the waxy flower trumpets.
This was a really awesome find! I'll have to go back in July and see if I can find the flowers. This is downy rattlesnake plantain, which is a wild orchid, Goodyera pubescens. It's leaves are unmistakable, but I've never seen the flower. I may have pictures of the seed pod taken a few years ago.
I'm really tired tonight. I think I have to stop here. Tomorrow... ducks, frogs, birds, fungi, moss! Well, we will do some of those.