Arboretum, April 22, 2018

Bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora) IMG_5789

Prairie IMG_5793

Shooting star in the prairie (Dodecatheon meadia) 

Full pond IMG_5795

Horsechestnut IMG_5801

Fremont’s leather flower (Clematis fremontii)

Bird’s foot violet (Viola pedata pedata) IMG_5816

Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea) IMG_5815

Hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canascens) IMG_5818

Bird’s foot violet) Viola pedata lineariloba IMG_5821

Rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides) IMG_5825

Liverleaf (Hepatica nobilis) IMG_5827

Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) IMG_5829

Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Dennis investigates a murder most fowl.  We think perhaps a wood duck met its fate here, judging by the colors in the feathers.

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Martins, turtles, egrets

On a mid-day walk on this 80-degree day I saw that the martins handily survived our cold spell last week and are busy building nests and catching insects.

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Turtles were sunning

A very handsome snowy egret was wading and hunting

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And so was an American egret

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Tree frog

Hear a tree frog this morning- it’s 30 degrees outside! He must be singing to keep from freezing.

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Purple martins

I noticed the purple martins are back and have set up housekeeping in their houses in Forest Park. I worry about the freeze this weekend- in the 20s tonight and tomorrow, and lows in the 30s next week. I hope there is enough sunshine and warmth during the days to get enough insect hatches so the martins can find something to eat. Would that I could manufacture a mess of flying insects for them.

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Arboretum, April 1

IMG_5736We went to the arboretum to get a sense of what’s going on this slow spring. This morning it was sunny for awhile, then it got cold and cloudy, and now there is freezing rain. Friends are anxious for a full-blown spring and warm weather, but I am enjoying this slower unfolding. We did see many early spring flowers and foliage heralding flowers to come.

IMG_5724 Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis

 

Trillium sessile

IMG_5726Wild geranium foliage (Geranium macalatum)

IMG_5733Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

IMG_5738Bud on unidentified bush, TBD

IMG_5739Prairie has had its annual burning

IMG_5741The pond in the prairie was full. A nice change from last time we were there, when it was almost totally dry. This last week, nothing but rain, must have done it.

IMG_5745Horschestnut bud

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The glade, too, has had its annual burning.

IMG_5753Shooting star foliage in the glade (Dodecatheon meadia)

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Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria)

IMG_5755Wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

IMG_5756Celandine poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)  and Harbinger of Spring (Eregenia bulbosa)

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IMG_5763Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis

IMG_5764Lousewort (Pedicularis canadensis)

IMG_5767Hickory bud

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March 31, Full Moon

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Goldfinches

Not the best picture but enough to see that this year we have lots of goldfinches at our feeders. Exciting because we have never had this many before, and I love to watch the males color turn from their winter color, sort of olive green, to the bright yellow of springtime.

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