It seemed as though Spring would never arrive this year, as if the gray clouds and bland brown landscape and the jackets and sweaters were forever in our forecast. But the first signs are always a warm day here and there and the happy little signs of life deep in the woods along the paths with the blooming of the early rising wildflowers.
They are our hope.
A sign for better things to come. I have felt the pull to be out of doors every day. Watching. Looking. Seeing what is new and waiting. Sharing the early spring flowers with you today. And where I found them if case you want to find them yourself one spring when you feel the trails calling you.
Bloodroot. Such a nasty name for this beauty. So sunny and happy. Blooming out of the thick leaf litter along the trail. It was a coolish day in the high 50’s when these lined our hike along the Mountain Mist Trail on Monte Sano Mountain.
Trillium. These were blooming well before any others. I spotted these along the Natural Conservatory on Keel Mountain trail. The flowers here bloom much earlier than those on Monte Sano. Yellow Trout Lilies. I adore these flowers as they have so much personality as the petals fly back and the leaves are spotted and they spread across the way. So lovely when they are in bloom. Along the Wildflower Trail and also Keel Mountain.
Hepatica. Another early blooming. So delicate with its long spindly stem and beautifully colors leaves. It blooms white and blue to purple to pink. Found on the Sinks trail. Monte Sano. Mountain Mist Trail marker.
At the Wildflower Trail the Fagan Creek runs right along side the trail and tempts you to rock hop and forge along before hopping back up the trail. My favorite trail for all seasons. This is a buckeye just barely hanging on. I always see it from above. Today from eye level. It has had several visitors. I laughed out loud at this one!!!
Beauty among the dead.