In hopes of finding any ephemeral spring wildflowers choosing to open an early bloom, I decided to return to the unnamed 41-acre property along the Mohawk River that is owned by the Town of Clifton Park to see what may have changed over the past week since my last visit. The blustery winds were quite gusty atop the bluff along the Mohawk River today, but the short-lived flashes of sunshine intermixed with a periodic snowflake in the air was a good reminder that spring takes its time to arrive. Still, it was good to be out in nature; essential nourishment for the soul.
Walking along the pond, I saw and heard a variety of birds, none of whom offered me a pose long enough for me to capture a picture worth sharing here. They included: Double-crested Cormorants, Eastern Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, Mallard, Canada Goose, and, Great Blue Heron.
Join me for a quick virtual walk through this scenic property to view the wildflowers that I happened upon.
For a better focused and more close-up view of each species mentioned in the video, please see these images –
- Bloodroot (early spring wildflower, but not an ephemeral one – its leaves can be seen throughout the growing season)
- Cut-leaved Toothwort (ephemeral spring wildflower)
- Carolina Spring Beauty (ephemeral spring wildflower)
- Northern Spicebush (tall shrub with early spring blooms; too early for open bloom, still in bud stage)