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wildflowers, weeds, and whatnot

sarah brennan

sarah brennan
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Connecticut,
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December 31
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Greetings! I often forget to cross-post here. You can find me at musingsfromdave.blogspot.com as well.

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APRIL 19, 2012 10:00PM

midweek splendor; beech explosion; ferns are weird

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Here’s what’s going on in the mystery woodland next to the house. Ferns are coming up!

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Let’s take a closer look.

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They are apparently made of tiny blobs welded together.

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Plus a bunch of fuzz.

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Let the records show that we have a flowering trout lily on our own property. It hasn’t turned inside out in ecstasy, the way we saw the other day:

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Back to our woods: we have a bunch of these things:

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I’m guessing sessile-leaved bellwort. Seeing a flower would be helpful, but so far, none seem to be even on the horizon.

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You’re not tired of blue cohosh yet, are you? 

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This is pachysandra, which has been sneaking into the vinca’s territory from its homebase around the magnolia tree.

BOATLOADS of miterwort this year.

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And this is why I have the macro lens. These flowers are maybe 1/8” across at best.

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Starflower! Let’s hope it makes a flower this year. Only found one last year.

Later on, I took a walk on my lunch break at work and headed up into the woods. P1190685

Birch catkins. Nutty stuff.

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Violet innards.

Beech bud explosion, in slow motion.

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First, they just lengthen. You can see how the end of each scale is paler than its base – the darker base color is where it’s newly exposed from the bud lengthening.

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At some point the leaves just want out. 

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Yippee! Freedom! I did this same series last year. On May 9th. Yep, it’s an early spring.

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Two points if you know what this is! I don’t! I thought at first it was a violet, but do they get spurs this long? Do I have photos of the leaves? I do not. Whoops. And no, it’s not a ladyslipper. I think.

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There’s nothing ordinary about a dandelion.

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I spotted this cutie in a stormwater retention pond. Happiness!

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Do you focus manually or is it done in automatic mode? Your photos re always amazing! Nature sure is full of color, surprises, and wonder!
Both; depends on whether the camera and I agree on what to focus on. I often let it take the first pass, and sometimes I override it. :)
What magnificent photos!!!!!!! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I wanted to tell you "X is my favorite." But I can't make up my mind.
Pilgrim, thank you! And I totally know what you mean. My goal is to experience delight and have life be just a series of "!!!" moments, and spring wildflowers sure do help me do just that!
Pilgrim, thank you! And I totally know what you mean. My goal is to experience delight and have life be just a series of "!!!" moments, and spring wildflowers sure do help me do just that!
Pilgrim, thank you! And I totally know what you mean. My goal is to experience delight and have life be just a series of "!!!" moments, and spring wildflowers sure do help me do just that!