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Changing Seasons. May 26, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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One of the more subtle signs of seasonal change here in the Northeast is occurring right now – the parade of woodland wildflowers is fading as the fully leaved trees shade them out.

Not to worry, though; the flowers of the marshes and meadows aren’t likely to be far behind, and in fact are beginning to make their presence known in the form of Hawkweed, Pussytoes and Daisy fleabane.

So before they’re entirely irrelevant, here are a few parting shots from the family of flowering friends found in the forest:

Trout Lilies:

…by the thousands!

Sessile Bellwort:

Wild Ginger, with its unassuming red blossom hiding in the detritus:

I uncovered that one for your viewing.

…and this rare yellow version of the common Purple trillium:

I’ve not seen one of these before, and at first assumed it was a true yellow trillium.  But those aren’t reported to grow north of the Carolinas, and don’t really look like this; they have heavily mottled leaves and a somewhat differently shaped blossom.  I now think this is a mutation of our local purple variety.

Oh, and the Lady’s slippers are out:

I’m hoping to get some good shots of these before they go by.

So there they are, the “late bloomers” of early Spring (!)  There will be a few more before I totally move on, but this is probably my last big wildflower post until the Summer flowers come in.



1. lisahgolden - May 27, 2011

Natives are some of the most intricately designed and beautiful flowers. Great photos of what nature gives you.

2. pagan sphinx - May 28, 2011

Hey, you! I have to get out to Lake Pleasant to find my patch of lady’s slippers. Gawd, I love those.

Your shots are amazing!! Wild ginger, I’ll have to be on the lookout.


3. littlebangtheory - May 28, 2011

Thanks, Gina.

Hey, the wild ginger: look for the pairs of round/heart-shaped leaves, then poke around their bases for the flowers. They’re often covered up.

And let me know if you find any YELLOW Lady’s slippers, they’re less common and I keep missing them!

4. susan - May 29, 2011

I’ve been surprised by the slow progress of Spring around here although I should have expected it. Every day but one or two has been fog bound in May and I’ve grown to like the muted light. Your wonderful series of wild flower pictures, wild skies, water, and meadows have brightened my days.

5. Randal Graves - May 29, 2011

Those lady slippers would make a great alien design for an extraterrestrial plant invasion flick.

6. littlebangtheory - May 29, 2011

Randal, they’re way better than that. I need to get a real close-up for you, they’re totally surreal in the right light.

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