A sunny, but chilly, day. I was motivated to go look for another sign of spring.
Since I am continuing my wildflower inventory of Zim Smith Trail, I decided to amble along the northernmost segment between Overpass Road and Oak Street. With a somewhat brisk breeze, the woods and wetlands adjoining this trail segment were uncharacteristically quiet today. No frogs and few birds were in a mood to serenade.
I found very few flowering plants. But, I enjoyed my first sighting of the season of –
In this patch of hepaticas, this was one of only three whose flowers had fully opened today.
A few scattered Coltsfoot were also in bloom. My biggest surprise was finding a single Wake Robin; while its leaves had not yet fully unfurled, they nevertheless revealed a plump flower bud.
This discovery yielded the hope and certainty of a colorful unveiling of the remainder of spring. Enjoy the journey – and your own discoveries. Happy trails!