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sarah brennan

sarah brennan
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Vermont,
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December 31
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Howdy. I'm a runner. A quasi-naturalist-wannabe. Reiki Master. I take a l-o-t of pictures of plants and whatnot. I'm based in Vermont. Caretaker of black cats, protector of red efts. I'm over at musingsfromdave.blogspot.com.

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APRIL 3, 2012 8:32PM

yowza. bloodroot, frog song, TRILLIUM…

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This is from a walk in the woods in town, not where we live. Tis bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)! Check out those leaves. So very modest. Don’t look! Don’t look!
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Back at home, I visited the lone hyacinth, last seen here on March 22nd. It’s opened up a bit, eh?
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The lawn is dotted with eastern blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium atlanticum).
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Let the records show that our feral forsythia has finally started in – earlier than last year, to be sure, but later than the highly southern latitudes just a couple of miles from here.
When you’re lying in the leaf litter taking pictures, sometimes you come across unexpected riches, like…
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…a whole stash of bonus hyacinth in the beginnings of the woods.
Have you ever wondered just exactly what an almost-open daffodil looks like? I know I have.
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Alllmost…
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Check this out, it can’t decide if it’s white, or yellow. Sweet.
We’ve got some coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) – normally our very first wildflower, but this crazy spring, it’s scrambling to keep its place in the line-up.
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 Click here to see what it looks like when it goes to seed.
Hold on to your hats, the willow (species unknown) out by the mailbox is simply crazy. DSC_0225 (2)
This is soooo weird, because these guys didn’t get going until a MONTH from now last year, when other things were up and running that so far I’ve seen no sign of.
And now, for the audio portion. I visited the wetland across the way. Want to hear the quintessential sound of Vermont spring? (Hint: if you are not from around here, the correct answer is “yes”.)


I admit, I got distracted by the end by a tadpole, which I didn’t capture in the video. But here’s a tadpole for you:
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And-and-and I spotted something green amidst the clutter of leaf litter and and and it’s TRILLIUM.
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Stay tuned on this puppy, it’ll be glorious. (Trillium erectum.)

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