At last they have arrived. Photographers elsewhere have been posting pics of these harbingers of spring for weeks. But they live in warmer climes. Here, snow still lingers in the woods and water-filled ditches have been freezing at night until just recently.
Male flowers appear first.
As they unfold, stalk-like stamens appear which produce pollen. Unlike other catkin-producing plants, such as aspens, the pollen isn’t spread by wind. Instead both male and female flowers produce a strongly-scented nectar that attracts insects.
Willows provide bees, butterflies and flies with a welcome source of food — pollen and nectar — in early spring before other flowering plants have appeared.
Willow Salix spp.
We are rushing through summer. Not long ago I was finding the first flowers of the season. Now those flowers have seeded out.
Shooting star Dodecatheon radicatum
Shooting star — flowers droop
Shooting star — seed pods grow upright
Common pink wintergreen Pyrola asarifolia
Common pink wintrgreen
Common pink wintergreen (can you spot the aphid?)
Dewberry Rubus pubescens
Dewberry (also called trailing raspberry)
Pale coralroot orchid Corallorrhiza trifida
Pale coralroot orchid — flowers point up
Pale coralroot orchid — seed pods point down
Elephant head Pedicularis groenlandicus
The elephants appear to have left the building
Wild rose Rosa acicularis
Unripe wild rose hip