If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
The past couple of days have been warm and spring-like with highs around 60. Yesterday morning dawned with a gray coating of fog across our woods, coating everything in tiny jeweled droplets that highlighted the onset of early spring wildflowers. Today changed all that with high temperatures more than 20 degrees colder and a brisk wind. Even though I love the cold weather (and it is much better for tasks like chainsawing and splitting firewood which I did today), the taste of spring was appreciated. Here are a few photos of what was out yesterday and a hint at what is coming…
The first spider web of the season on the arm of a twig (click photos to enlarge)
Wild columbine flower bud covered in “fog dew”
A black and white of fog dew on wild columbine leaves.
The tiny spicebush flowers have opened.
Buried in snow last week, this bloodroot flower bud is now reaching high.
Windflower, one of my favorite spring ephemerals.
Spring beauties have been blooming for several days now, but are mainly closed today in the cold.
The first giant chickweed flower of the season.
When I looked at the image on the computer, I noticed a couple of insects I had missed while taking the photo.
Trout lily flower buds on our north-facing slope are a bit behind those in some other woodlands in the area.
A yellow jessamine flower. This is the first year (after climbing a dead snag a few years ago) that this vine has flowered.