Before the forest canopy thickens, tiny little things are racing to open to the light to get pollinated, flower and fruit. Everything we saw this morning was about as big as your earlobe.
Scarlet Cup (first fungus of spring)
Rattlesnake Plaintain (it does look snakelike, doesn’t it?)
Spring Beauty (the size of a violet)
Blue Cohosh (this was rubbery and a lovely smoky grey-blue)
Wild Leeks, a.k.a “Ramps”
What looked like a dusty peach pit in the driveway turned out to be this little guy, a newborn painted turtle. We splashed him with some cool water and left him at the edge of the woods, where he was eager to be on his way.
And all this was before lunch! So much is going on, all the time, around us. I am learning new ways of paying attention, thanks to so many people and species here in my new home in Vermont.