Right Here, Right Now March 1

Three days of very early spring.

 

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Spicebush buds about to burst into flower near post # 19 – our earliest blooming shrub

 

 

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and these have burst – a bush with earlier timing

 

 

Lovely spring weather mixed with a sense of unease. This is a simple post, documenting just what I noticed  in the forest during three days this past week. We will have no extravagant displays of wildflowers to show you, just a few little patches here and there. So I get to notice the other stuff, as it happens day by day.

 

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Eastern Comma, Polygonia comma, reliably early because it hibernates

 

 

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Bristly red canes of Wineberry, Rubus phoenicolasius.  Native to Asia,  it is not very invasive in our forest.

 

 

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tiny pop-ups – a bedstraw and something in the parsley family. ID please?

 

 

 

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This and the pic below are from a place the deer can’t go to. It makes a difference. This little spring fed marsh-in-recovery would be a trampled muckhole if they could walk in it. Bright green rosettes are of Great blue lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica, grown from seed.

 

 

 

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Same marsh as above – new shoots of transplanted Allegheny monkeyflower, Mimulus ringens. This plant is uncommon in our forest.

 

 

 

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Old fox scat with some new additions in the form of shiny seeds. One appears to be germinating. This pic is a good lesson in seed dispersal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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