Spring Ephemerals

Today was my personal celebration of Spring. Its slowly creeping tide of green can finally be seen outside my door, and the highlight of the season for me is the arrival of the spring ephermerals. Those stunningly beautiful flowers that are only here for a week or two each Spring, and then are suddenly gone again.

Here in Michigan, many of them are woodland flowers. Luckily for us, Mother Nature takes a wide view on what counts as a woodland. Even just a few trees are enough to make habitat for a surprising array of flowers! Here is my patch of woodland:

Just a strip of trees between two apartment communities

Just a strip of trees between the two apartment communities, net even really green yet.

The leaves and the bugs arrive together.

The leaves and the bugs arrive together.

A few faithful old friends have arrived:

Woodland Violets

Woodland Violets

A Yellow Trout Lily

A Yellow Trout Lily

A cluster of White Trout Lilllies

A cluster of White Trout Lilllies

A few new friends I don’t know the names of:

Very brilliant blue on a vine with deep green glossy leaves.

Very brilliant blue on a vine with deep green glossy leaves.

A carpet of delicate white flowers.

A carpet of delicate white flowers.

A bush with brilliant fuchsia buds that opened to pale pink blossoms.

A bush with brilliant fuchsia buds that opened to pale pink blossoms.

And some of my personal favorites:

Clusters of delicate fern foliage topped by fancy little pant like blooms. These are Dutchman's Breeches!

Clusters of delicate fern foliage topped by fancy little pant like blooms. These are Dutchman’s Breeches!

A close up of a single stalk. This is a dicentra related to Bleeding Heart.

A close up of a single stalk. This is a dicentra related to Bleeding Heart.

And the ones I look for every Spring - the Trillium Grandiflorum or Great White Trillium!

And the ones I look for every Spring – the Trillium Grandiflorum or Great White Trillium!

Finally, to end my walk, I spotted this and used my zoom very carefully to capture her photo:

Mother Blue Jay sitting her nest!

Mother Blue Jay sitting her nest!

Enjoy your Spring, and all of life’s ephemeral pleasures!

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