Whether referred to as Ballston Creek (in the present day and on the maps we use) or, as the Native Americans called it, Shenantaha (meaning “deer water”), this clear-flowing stream is scenic and serene…
Looking upstream along Ballston Creek from atop one of highest points along cliff
While continuing my wildflower inventory at Shenantaha Creek Park today, I spied this plant for the first time –
Yellow Water Buttercup
This natural bouquet seemed to be waiting for its photo op; I obliged.
Clockwise from top: Spring Cress, Marsh Blue Violet, Hooked Crowfoot (very bottom) and Smooth Yellow Violet
Some spring blooming wildflowers are truly ephemeral. Many of them have already finished blooming! Some have already begun to disappear from view in the forest. Just another reminder to take time each week for a peak inside a woodland or meadow near you to enjoy the continuing colorful emergence of wildflowers on Mother Nature’s stage.
While visiting Ballston Creek Preserve and continuing my wildflower inventory at this preserve, I spied this cluster of blooming plants –
Nightcaps observed at Ballston Creek Preserve
Nightcaps (Anemone nemorosa var. quinquefolia)
The Swedish botanist, C. A. M. Lindman, illustrated it in his book entitled “Bilder ur Nordens Flora” –
Compare the above photo with that painting. They appear essentially identical to me.
Now, contrast each of those with this photo of Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia).
Note the differences in the appearance of the leaves as well as the number of petals on the flowers.
This is only the second site where I have found this particular species. I initially discovered Nightcaps while conducting a wildflower inventory at Ann Lee Pond Nature & Historic Preserve in the Town of Colonie.
Nightcaps observed at Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve
…sailor’s delight. (To read more about that old adage, view this.)
Red sky at night
Anyone who saw tonight’s sunset delighted in its beauty. I did.
Today I continued my wildflower inventories at Ballston Creek Preserve, Shenantaha Creek Park and Veterans Memorial Park.
What a difference a little rain, warmer temperatures and a little sunshine can make! I added several species to each destination’s total count and enjoyed the serene spring landscape of each. Many songbirds serenaded each of my visits. A truly great day to be in the woods.
The carpet of blooming Carolina Spring Beauty at Ballston Creek Preserve is now at peak. At several points along Pat’s Trail, you can easily smell the wonderful fragrance of those petite pink-striated blooms. Stop by soon if you want to witness this colorful and aromatic experience!
My hike at Shenantaha Creek Park was a wildflower menagerie…
Canadian Wild Ginger
Smooth Yellow Violet
American Fly Honeysuckle
Early Meadow Rue
Concluding my woodland wanderings, I stopped by the Mooney Carrese Forest at Veterans Memorial Park. While there, I spied these other species…
If you have an opportunity to visit a woodland or meadow in the near future, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what is rapidly emerging and beginning to bloom. Enjoy.