A local arboretum had masses of this non-native wildflower in a few spots:
The masses of blue were irresistable. I learned a new word, calque, when I read about this flower. The name forget-me-not is calqued (translated word-for-word) from the German Vergissmeinnicht. The English name has been around since the 1400s. Vergissmeinnicht is also the name of a few German lieder, including one by Schubert.
A selection from the many flowers I’ve been seeing:
These are from a week or so back. The Pink cuckoo flower is in the mustard family, I think Cardamine pratensis. Dandelions are such a brilliant yellow.
This week I got out butterflying, and saw more Spring Azure than I wanted to count, Eastern Pine Elfin, and Eastern Comma, among others. All uncooperative for the photographer, but a wonder to see.
A spring wildflower I saw today:
The botanical name is Claytonia virginica. Pretty, but tricky to photograph, it’s hard to find a good group of them for an image. Lots in bloom today, Mertensia virginica, Wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum), no white or painted trillium yet.
Last week bloodroot started blooming at one place I visit, and I found a vertical grouping for this image:
Most of them weren’t open. Today, bloodroot carpeted the forest floor, all fully open, but many flowers were starting to fade. Bluebells, most trillium species, and wood poppy are on the way.
Taken in the rain last week:
My idea was to visit a big shrubby willow that had catkins a week or so before. I was hoping that the anthers would be out and covered with drops. Most of the catkins had opened, but the rain had turned them into matted clusters, like wet hair. I tried photographing them, but the sodden clusters of anthers didn’t show the drops or the anthers well. Then I found this branch and took a series for a stacked image.