On my way to the office yesterday, the day’s sunny beginning inspired me to stop at Bauer Environmental Park (located in the Town of Colonie) to see if I could find any Painted Trillium in bloom. I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing that particular beautiful wildflower in bloom on any of my wildflower inventory walks this spring. I’m glad I stopped!
A walk along this boardwalk trail offered these blooms to enjoy –
Since I was rewarded with not only seeing a Painted Trillium but also my first Pink Lady’s-slipper of the year, I decided to make an additional quick stop at Ann Lee Pond Nature and Historic Preserve (located nearby, also in the Town of Colonie) to check on the blooming status of another of my favorite spring woodland wildflowers.
After a brisk walk across the new bridge across Ann Lee Pond, I walked that path a short distance to where it forks in the woods. I found one of those shrubs, Early Azalea, to be loaded with many plump flower buds. They should be opening very soon!
I found these blooms during my short visit –