>> Saturday, April 3, 2010
Today's blissful warmth, sunshine and breeze brought us outside early on a trip to Baltimore Woods for another of my weekly wildflower watches. Given that it's Easter weekend, I felt much like I was on an Easter egg hunt as I scanned the ground for hidden treasures. And find treasures we did!
First, our friends. This little fellow is just a bitty baby. He was sunning himself in one of the upper gardens, and measured only perhaps 5 1/2 inches.
My attention was soon drawn to a spot of bright red under the leaves. When I moved aside a couple of the leaves, I spotted a scarlet cup, with this collection of critters on it:
I recognize the millipedes (yick - I don't know why but centipedes and millipedes give me the heebie jeebies), but don't know what the cute green bug is. Perhaps I shall go sit outside on the swing and look him up.
These marks were all along the water's edge. I suspect they were made my some variety of worm or other? They looked very artistic:
On to the wildflowers. It's incredible how much flowers can grow in a week!
Hepatica, with its variety of colors and fuzzy stems:
Bloodroot, still wrapped tightly in its blanket of leaves as if it's afraid to trust that the warmth will last:
Spring beauty. I adore its smart little stripes, and particularly love the bright pink anthers on the second photo. They look like delicate pink slippers:
Soon-to-be trillium, which have appeared out of nowhere in the last week. I love to speculate about which color each will turn out to be:
Colts foot. I love the tiny little yellow flower in the center of the, well, flower.
And the Daphne has grown a great deal in the last week, too (thanks, Ellen, for the ID!):
And then the much less intoxicatingly lovely yet still fascinating skunk cabbage:
All-in-all, it was a spectacularly beautiful Saturday walk, and the flower colors are just irresistibly festive.