A parade of woodland blooms

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…

Barren Strawberry

Barren Strawberry

Wake Robin

Wake Robin

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches

Bloodroot

Bloodroot

Canadian Wild Ginger

Canadian Wild Ginger

Trout Lily

Trout Lily

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Cut-leaved Toothwort

Cut-leaved Toothwort

Northern Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Northern Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Smooth Yellow Violet

Smooth Yellow Violet

Toothwort

Toothwort

American Fly Honeysuckle

American Fly Honeysuckle

Blue Cohosh

Blue Cohosh

Early Meadow Rue

Early Meadow Rue

Sessile-leaved Bellwort

Sessile-leaved Bellwort

Miterwort

Miterwort

Leatherwood

Leatherwood

Round-lobed Hepatica

Round-lobed Hepatica

Round-lobed Hepatica

Round-lobed Hepatica

 

Concluding my woodland wanderings, I stopped by the Mooney Carrese Forest at Veterans Memorial Park.  While there, I spied these other species…

Golden Saxifrage

Golden Saxifrage

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

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.

Happy trails!

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