I've been wanting to post some more photos from our Adams County expedition of a few weekends ago, but time has been tight. So, here are some of those photos, with sparse narration. A group of botanical enthusiasts goes gaga over the spectacle of rare goldenstar lilies, Erythronium rostratum, along a heavily wooded Scioto County lane.
A giant red oak, Quercus rubra, dwarfs tree-hugging Tricia West at Whipple State Nature Preserve, Adams County.
The young rosette leaves of American Columbo, Frasera caroliniensis, bead with the droplets left by a spring shower. This odd gentian can tower to over six feet in height when it blooms.
Densely white-villous (fuzzy) buds of a wood poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum, which is one of our most striking spring wildflowers.
Gleaming and radiant, the starburst blossom of a bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, explodes to life. Ephemeral in the extreme, the flower lasts but a day, if that.
Yet more ephemeral are the petals of twinleaf, Jeffersonia diphylla. The slightest of jostles causes them to tumble to the ground.