I mentioned that it's my favorite time in the woods during my Random Friday Ramblings.
Here are a few of my favorite humble residents of our woods, that are currently here to live their short life cycle before the forest canopy leafs out & blocks out their sunlight.
A favorite: Jack in the Pulpit.
My husband (one with the woods, and keen observer) admitted that he had never been aware of these guys until I showed him.
The thing about low growing woodland wildflowers is I have to lay right down with my chin to the ground to photograph them. Some of them are shy bloomers and often go unnoticed.
Another of these shy bloomers and favorite of mine is the Nodding Trillium.
Kin to the more extroverted Large-flowered trilliums that hang out in bold crowds along the forest floor, enough to draw your attention as you're driving down the highway, these guys are often not seen at all.
It's easy to miss them if you don't know what to look for in their leaves, which make sort of an umbrella that covers the smaller flower. I think they're so pretty. (Again - getting down & dirty to see and photograph them.)
One of our shyest bloomers of all is Wild Ginger.
I love this ground cover immensely. The interesting little flowers are down near it's roots, buried under grasses & leaves on the ground.
Here's a closeup of it's flower, I had to temporarily lift it a bit from the ground matter to see it.
And though it's not hidden, and even though I already shared this photo -
I still can't get over the fact that I've never seen purple pine cones before or knew they existed.
I know of a store with the name The Purple Pine cone, but I always considered it something like a saloon called the "Blue Moose." Just a catchy name.
They do exist! Who knew?
I think it's a little black spruce that they're growing on.
It's a wonderful time to take a closer look at the life around us - changing every day.
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