The woods are starting to look less like spring, and more like summer, even though we’re not even through April yet: the poison ivy has begun its inexorable spread across the forest floor and up into the trees. I’m not especially allergic to poison ivy, fortunately, but I do try to avoid stumbling around in it wherever possible. Continue reading →
Seen from above (my usual vewpoint, given that I’m six-foot-four) a number of the plants just getting established in the garden have a certain drama to them. In black-and-white, the sculptural quality becomes even more noticeable. Continue reading →
We got a brief break in the rain this afternoon, and I ran out the door with the camera. Tomorrow, I’m told, the rain resumes, but for a few hours Spring was very much in evidence in here in the Ozark foothills.
Thalictrum thalictroides, Rue Anemone
The man at the end of the block has lilacs already coming into bloom. I guess location really does matter.
Podophyllum peltatum, the Mayapple or Ground Lemon
Water droplets on a young Flannel Mullein, Verbascum thapsus.
Antennaria lanata, wooly pussytoes
Cercis canadensis, the Eastern Redbud, one of two species native to the Ozarks.
Erythronium americanum, the Trout Lily. In a few weeks it will produce a nodding yellow blossom.
The trees are budding out, and the streams are filling with water.
Although pretty now, these forest streams are ephemeral: the water will be gone in a couple of months.
A small waterfall bringing water down from the hilltop into the railroad cutting.
A forest stream.
Water droplets in a cedar branch.
The dogwoods are early and bright in the deep woods.
The dogwoods are only just beginning to come into bloom.
The dogwoods are blooming before most of the trees even have green buds.
The trees are just beginning to show buds.
One of my neighbors has cleared a homestead in the woods.