A creek flows through it

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

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

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

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.

Happy trails!

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