Wildflowers

I’ve started working on a project to photograph wildflowers in Willow River State Park from the start of the season until the frosts of autumn:  wildflowers in the same location throughout a single season.

I’ve seen no wildflowers yet, so I’ve been shooting leftovers from last year that have spent the season under the snow and whatever new growth I can find.  The first things I noticed were the sporophytes of moss.  The moss is a brilliant green among the drab browns and tans of early spring.

Then there is a small plant with geranium-like leaves that always seems to be green.

Within the last week, the buds on trees and shrubs have plumped up.  They’ve added a tinge of color to the forested hillsides.  Over the last few days, new grasses have emerged and are adding their bit of green.

Wet Leaves and a Roll Of Birch Bark
Wet Leaves and a Roll Of Birch Bark
Grass That's Spent a Season Under the Snow
Grass That’s Spent a Season Under the Snow
Old Bracken Ferns
Old Bracken Ferns
I'm Reminded Of Bryce Canyon
I’m Reminded Of Bryce Canyon

 

Last Year's Acorn
Last Year’s Acorn
Withered Mushrooms On a Trunk
Withered Mushrooms On a Trunk
Moss Sporophytes
Moss Sporophytes
New Grass
New Grass
Buds On a Shrub
Buds On a Shrub
Rising From the Forest Floor
Rising From the Forest Floor
What Will This Become?
What Will This Become?
New Growth
New Growth
One Of the Earliest Things To Sprout
One Of the Earliest Things To Sprout

Late November

November is almost over.  The autumn color is gone;  the trees are bare;  there’s no snow.  The forest floor is damp and littered with fallen leaves.  There is a bit of color – the emerald green of moss.  A single leaf still in its autumn color.  Small plants on the forest floor that never seem to suffer from the snow and cold – they’re always green.  A few bare trees with silver branches that stand out against a somber hillside.

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Silver Branches
Root, Trunk, and Moss
Root, Trunk, and Moss
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Last Fallen Leaf
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On the Forest Floor

 

A Mushroom By Any Other Name

I don’t know the names of any of these mushrooms.  My friend and bartender Nick assures me that the best book for learning how to identify mushrooms is Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora.  I’ve ordered the book, so maybe in the future I’ll be able to add captions to such photos.