Saturday afternoon I took a walk around my woods to look for (and photograph) wildflowers. I found some.
I was looking specifically for some wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia), so I went to the places where I have found it in previous years. Yup. Found some in bloom.
Wild oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)
This is another one I went looking specifically for.
Pink lady Slipper (Cypripedium acuale)
This is not the same one I posted last week. I looked for that one too, but couldn’t find any sign of it. I have no idea what happened to it, but I guess that’s the way nature goes sometimes.
When I go out looking for blossoms, I look everywhere for surprises too. This was one of those:
Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
This will become a Wild Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
flower. I don’t know that I’ve ever caught one in this stage before. I have dug up the roots of this plant and brewed it into a tea. I don’t think it was worth the effort though, so it’s not something I am likely to repeat.
This is one I was looking for. I saw a few when we went camping last week, and they do grow on my property too. So I looked in the usual places and found a few. I suspect I will find even more this week. I was fairly pleased with this photo, so bonus!
Goldthread (Coptis trifolia)
Here’s another three-leaf plant (trifolius) but with a different Latin conjugation. If I knew Latin, I would probably understand the difference between trifolia and trifolius.
Dwarf ginseng (Panax trifolius)
I posted an image of one of these last week too, but liked this one enough to repeat it. I do that sometimes.
Here’s another repeat. I set out to get a really nice photo of this one, and it turned out OK – not stunning, but OK. I suppose the light was a bit too harsh. It was mid-afternoon when I took the shot, and this one wasn’t in as shady an area as most of the others.
Gaywings (Polygala paucifolia)
Right after shooting the gaywings, this fly alighted on my thumb. I haven’t tried to identify it yet, but I did think the photo came out pretty well. Better than the gaywings anyhow (even if it’s not as nice a subject).
The wild strawberries are still going gang busters.
Wild strawberry (Fragaria spp)
It’s another repeat, but I think it’s worth repeating.
I still don’t have any bluets on my place, but I have seen vast swaths of them in fields from the car this week (and last). I might have to stop and get some photos soon. I’ve also been looking for wood anemones and hobblebush from the car, but no luck so far. I have yet to see a trillium this year either, and I know those are almost finished now. Maybe I’ll find some in Maine this weekend. I know I will be looking for them anyhow!