was a month of sudden emergences: the early spring flowers truly sprung
into bloom, catching the sun before the canopy shades them.
was the time of sprinters, early May was a time for heavy lifting,
of biomass bulking up, led by the trees leafing out, as in the young
of April's flowers are past. The flashy yellow Marsh Marigolds, for
instance, are gone by.
are coming into bloom. Here is Wild Oats, or Sessile Bellwort (Uvularia
Ginseng (Panax trifolius).
(Sanguinaria canadensis) was among the first of the spring
flowers. Now only the uniquely shaped leaves are apparent.
honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.). Sadly, no scent.
probably of ostrich fern.
Alexanders (Zizia aurea).
filter cuts surface reflections to reveal the below-water petiole
of this pond lily pad. (FYI, all reflected light is polarized.)
out my new fish-eye wide-angle lens on the bridge over Jeremy River.
still have a ways to go (these photos were taken on May 5th), but
the understory is quite lush already - taking up as much sunlight
as possible before the canopy brings constant shade.
Baltimore or "Northern" Oriole (Icterus galbula)
in Raymond Brook Marsh.
Warbler (Dendroica petechia), also in Raymond Brook Marsh.
geese and goslings (Branta canadensis); where else but Raymond
Lady's Slipper orchid (Cipripedium acaule) in bud (May 7th).
Violet (Viola pedata). The plant gets its common name from
the finely segmented leaves.