"Spring Plant Walk" sounds so boring for what this was - a trek on the medicine plant trail at the United Plant Savers' sanctuary for native plants, in the county south of us. It was a magical fairyland of plants. I'd been there once before, without children, and this was the perfect time to share it with them, with all of the spring ephemerals living in their glory. We drove through a beautiful morning, cloud books in hand ("Look! A cirrus cloud! We're going to have a lovely, sunny day!") to meet up with a whole group of friends to hike through the woods.
|Trout Lily about to open - they blossom for one day only|
Ani hadn't been sure she wanted to go - she was not interested in a hike where there would be a lot of stopping to look at stuff. I finally convinced her that there would be all types of hikers along and she'd probably find a few who would adventure ahead with her while us slowpokes wandered and oohed and ahhhed and took photos. It was true - I pretty much brought up the rear while she forged ahead, stopping to wave back at me every now and then. By the end of the day we all agreed that we had loved loved loved being in these woods.
|Blue Cohosh blossoming|
|My favorite - the pawpaw flower|
|I think this is a Sessile trillium|
|tiny Tulip Poplar|
|Sensitive Fern (onoclea sensibilis)|