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 –
Common Blue Violet
Sweet White Violet
Marsh Blue Violet
Bulbous Buttercup – note that sepals are pointed downward
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 –
Given the near absence of winter thus far, I have continued my wildflower inventories at a few locations. And those activities have me thinking about spring and the upcoming return of blooming wildflowers throughout the next growing season.
With that in mind, I wanted to offer this sneak peak screen shot of five new wildflower field guides that will be available on this site in March. Each of these new guides will be in Microsoft PowerPoint Show format (ppsx), featuring easier navigation throughout each document and higher resolution photographs as well as additional information regarding many of the species contained in each guide. Unfortunately, each of these digital files is much larger than my previous wildflower guides; thus, downloading will take more time. Those new wildflower guides will include:
- Ashford Glen Preserve
- Bauer Environmental Park
- Old Iron Spring Fitness Trail
- Peter Desrochers Memorial Country Knolls Trails
- Zim Smith Trail
Also, please check my updated status of wildflower inventories. I will be adding one of those destinations (Anchor Diamond Park at Hawkwood) as a new page on this site sometime later this year.
In the meantime, view my winter plant ID quiz.
Lastly, a reminder to keep a watchful eye for ticks. During a winter as mild as this one has been, they remain active. Last week, I found two while visiting a local preserve!
Now that we’ve enjoyed a few consecutive days of sunshine, I thought it necessary to wander along a couple of local trails in hopes of finding a few more wildflowers in bloom, or, at least some sign of emergence so as to leave us with some hope of blooms to come. I chose these particular destinations because I am continuing wildflower inventories at both.
First stop, Bauer Environmental Park in the Town of Colonie. This park is located between Sand Creek Road and Sunset Boulevard. In the near future, I will add this destination to my Area Nature Preserves, Parks and Trails page; stay tuned.
While making my way along the boardwalk, I viewed –
I then stopped at the Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve in the Town of Clifton Park. I only observed a couple of these during my visit –
This string of consecutive sunny days appears as though it will continue for several more; hope you find an opportunity to get out to your favorite spot and soak up some vitamin D.