more patches of Lady-slipper Orchids (Cypripedium acaule) are
apparent along the trail. This is the first of them to be almost fully
developed and deeply colored (May 11th).
(Prunus virginiana), I think.
out my polarizing filter to darken sky and bring out clouds.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera hirsuita).
Solomon's-seal (Smilacina racemosa). Note the terminal inflorecence
versus true Solomon's-seal's paired flowers in the leaf axils.
Trillium (Trillium cernuum) came into bloom on May 10th.
how the flower "nods" below the leaves.
a creature you've likely never seen before; or if you have, you had
a hard time recognizing it. This is a Phantom Crane Fly (Bittacomrpha
clavipes), recognized by the white bands on the legs and feet.
When they fly, all you normally see of them is a group of white dust
motes seemingly floating along in formation.
this is hardly a great picture, the fact that I was able to get any
picture of this ghostly creature pleases me greatly.
(Taraxacum officinale) seed caught in spider web.
Geranium (Geranium maculatum).
Grass (Sisyrinchium sp.); not a grass at all but a member of
the Iris family (Iridaceae). The flower is about 1/2" across.
cherry, I think; perhaps Pin Cherry (Prunus pennsylvanica).
Turtles havve been sunning themselves on these warm, clear days.