Ephemerals are the frail, rare wildflowers of spring, which can bloom only until the forest canopy leafs out. The finest collection I know is at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, over below New Hope. Always realize, everyone, we would not have this bounty without PRESERVATION. Support your local land trust, wherever you are, keeping wild lands, wild creatures and wild plants nearby and healthy.
April showers kept me from today’s planned nature quest. But, tomorrow, a friend and I will head to Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, where spring should be awaiting us. Here’s a collection of other early trips to Bowman’s, in more cooperative weather.
I have a number of very dear friends, who are dealing with serious health issues in people near and dear to them. I wish I could take each of you to Bowman’s with me tomorrow. I send you apring light in leaves of yesteryear. With love.
Being an amateur naturalist (never forget that the root of that adjective is love), I think the accurate name of this one is toad trillium. Do you think that does it justice?
I think it’s real name is pinxter, and the wonder is that it is native to that site!
One of the most irresistible sights for my friend, fine art photographer Tasha O’Neill, and myself, is the fiddlehead form of ferns:
We have no idea what we will discover on the Violet Trail, the Medicinal Trail, Azalea Trail, Audubon Trail, Marsh Marigold Trail, tomorrow. What we know, as NJWILDBEAUTY readers know from other blogs, there is BEAUTY to behold at Bowman’s in all seasons, even winter.
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