Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wildflowers of Forestville

Last week I took advantage of some fairly decent weather and headed down to Forestville State Park to look for spring migrants. Unfortunately the first couple days were chilly and cloudy, so the birds weren't flying around much, but there were still plenty of other things to see including lots of blooming early spring wildflowers. Here's what I was able to photograph on Monday and Tuesday of last week. (be sure to click on any of these photos if you want to see the *larger* version!)

Bloodroot (almost to the end of their bloom season)


Virginia Spring Beauty


Trout Lily


Virginia Bluebells

White Violet

Common Blue Violet

Squirrel Corn (I call it Bleeding Heart)

Marsh Marigold

Hepatica? Blue-Eyed Grass?I can't find any flower like this with 7 petals....if anyone knows what it is, please leave me a comment so I know too. Thanks!

Swamp Buttercup

One of the Anemones (Rue? or Wood?)

Dutchman's Breeches



I'd like to dedicate this post to my Mom who used to love taking us out to the woods when we were kids to search for spring wildflowers. I remember dutifully traipsing along with Mom all those years ago, but luckily some of her enthusiasm stuck with me all those years and now I look forward to searching for spring wildflowers. Unfortunately, Mom is unable to hike over the uneven terrain anymore to enjoy these spring wildflowers. I had some prints made of these pictures and put them into a framed photo collage for her Mother's Day gift, so she can enjoy them every day of the year.




6 comments:

troutbirder said...

I think you covered on all spring wildflower basis with those great pics Ruthie. That male summer tanager was great too. Mine was a female a couple of years ago which required several pro birders including Hockema to confirm my wild guessing I.D. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ruth for the trip to Forestville State Park. I just love the spring wild flowers,there are always so many blooming. I am so grateful for the wildflower garden on the north end of the garage, I have huge jack-in-the-pulpits all over, there are a lot more flowers but they haven't bloomed as yet cuz it has been so cool and that was the last place the snow melted. I do believe you and David planted them all for me. There is a huge fern bed there too. Remember going on an evening hike to find tree frogs and other things that creep and crawl only at nite. Those were fun days for me and I'm glad you all still like to go to the woods to look and find things.
MOM

RuthieJ said...

Thanks Ray. I'd like to get back down there this week.....there were some others getting ready to bloom that would be fun to see. Plus warmer weather would make the trip better too!

You're welcome Mom. I'm glad you enjoyed the flowers. Not quite the same as being there, but you can enjoy them from the comfort of your chair at least.

dAwN said...

Nice captures..great that you went with your Mom! :)I love photographing wildflowers they don't move unless the winds blowing them.

Irena said...

The blue flowers are definitely of a hepatica! The unfurling tri-lobed leaves are a give-away hint.

What a beautiful blog you have here! I just came across it while browsing the World-Wide-Web for some info and got stuck for hours reading it all the way through:)!

Happy blogging!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Irena,
Thanks for the confirmation on that hepatica ID.
I'm glad my blog was able to brighten up your day. Thanks for stopping by and your kinds words!