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They’re Coming! April 18, 2011

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…Spring wildflowers, that is.

Along the road above the South river in Conway, Bloodroot:

Along Clessen brook in Buckland, Colt’s Foot:

Those two were taken with Elliot set at about 7 or 8 degrees of tilt, giving pretty good depth of field, non?

And here’s a shot of I Forget What, taken up along Hog Hollow Road in Buckland:

(I can feel my Nature Boy merit badge being ripped off my sleeve as I type this, so if you recognize this beauty, please rescue me here!)

The next couple of weeks should yield the first rush of our wildflowers, the woodland ones which come in before the leaves unfurl and restrict their light.  I’ll try to be alert so we can share them, ‘k?



Springing Into Winter. April 16, 2010

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After last week’s flirtations with the ninety-degree mark, we’re headed for a spell of more seasonally appropriate weather, namely sleet and freezing rain in the high country, and just plain miserable in the valleys.

So before they’re all gone, here are some shots of the woodland flowers who had the audacity of hope before the world was ready for them.

Some tiny blue-eyed grass*:

…as yet unidentified.

Some similarly anonymous little pink things [*Trailing Arbutis – thanks, jomegat, for both of these names!]:

Bloodroot, wrapped in it’s leaf-cloak for the evening:

…and an early wonder, the nearly leafless Coltsfoot:

…improbably thriving in the sandy roadside strips where other plants languish.

This morning on the way to work there was snow up in Florida, with more forecast for the weekend, so this may be the last of the delicate things for a wee bit.

Except, of course, for shots already in the can!  😉

Bloodroot. May 2, 2009

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More Spring Surprises! April 27, 2009

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Lots of wildflowers popping up these days, some showy and obvious, some tiny and subtle.  Here’s a selection from my ride home from work.



Red Trillium:

red trillium

Little White Guys (a.k.a. “weeds:”)

little white guys

…and marsh marigolds:

marsh marigolds


Images From My Day April 23, 2008

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I’m still working an hour south of where I live, and despite having to rise early and burn the extra gas, I’m enjoying the opportunity to find new ways home in the late afternoon.

Every road has its views, its light, its revelations. And each time I pull over (I really am a hazard!) to look at something, I notice something else, usually the smaller things which so subtly contribute to the larger picture.

This farm in Cummington had a beautiful light, and colors which applied my brakes without my conscious involvement:

No photographic funny-business there – that’s pretty much a push-the-button shot.

I pushed through a nascent elderberry thicket to get it, and noticed the tiny umbels along their branches, destined with just a bit of luck to become clusters of white flowers, then purple berries. Their future is so all there for the appreciative eye to see:

And beneath my feet (well, between my feet – I’ve become something of a citizen/keeper of the natural world) a bloom of bloodroot crowed their fleeting supremacy over a patch of damp pasture:

In a couple of weeks they’ll be nowhere to be seen, subjugated by a conquering army of invasive Japanese Knotweed.

And along side, a herd of beefalo couldn’t care less:

It felt like a productive detour, this little dirt road did. Hope you enjoy it.

My Li’l Buddies! April 19, 2008

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Finally, some local color – the Spring wildflowers are popping in the valleys just a bit south of here (where I’ve been working this past week.)

Colt’s Foot along the Westfield River:

Bloodroot in a nearby field:

…and a solitary Trout Lily growing at the edge of a rural lawn:

Welcome back, little ones – you’ve been missed!

This is my contribution to FranIAm’s Flower Roll Call post and its memeage-mimicking infectuosity!