These are shots I took mostly at my place this week. We’ll start with this little guy.
He didn’t want to hold still for me after I took this first shot, so it came out the best. It was overcast and rainy and heading towards sunset when I took it.
The starflowers have bloomed now. I’ve been watching them for a while, and this week was the first time this year I’ve seen one open. There are lots of them in my woods right now.
Here’s another one I’ve been watching, the Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense). This one has only partly opened, and that’s still farther along than most of them in my woods.
The dwarf ginseng is still in bloom for the most part, but this one has already fruited now. They aren’t in season for very long.
They do have edible roots, and I dug a few up and ate them last year. They were pretty good. These are along the stone wall bordering my neighbor, and he has cut a lot of trees (he’s getting ready to build a new house). So that lets a lot more sun into my woods, and I don’t know if these will bloom here again or not. They might get out-competed by sun-loving plants next spring. We’ll see.
I guess I’ve done the gaywings about to death now, but I liked this triplet. So here you go again.
My chokeberries are blooming now. Most blossoms are still closed, but there are a few brave ones here and there.
The red stamens fade quickly to pink, and then to brown. I like them best when they are red.
I’ve got plenty of wild sarsaparilla to go around. This one is just beginning to bloom.
Not all of them make flowers. I’d say maybe a quarter of them do. I have no idea why that would be though. Maybe it’s the conditions here, or maybe they are dioecious (i.e., male and female versions).
Here’s another chokeberry. This one has nice and red stamens.
And finally, here’s another amphibian for you.
If amphibians were bread, this post would be a flower sandwich.