One of the rights of spring that my wife and I truly enjoy is looking for the early spring wildflowers. These are the flowers that came out before the forest canopy leafs out and blocks the light. Some appear for only a day or two so there are years that we miss them altogether. Some are very small and easy to miss unless you look very carefully. Others are fairly rare so you count your good fortune when you see them. All are beautiful in their own way. The flowers below were all seen in central Ohio above and below the dam at Griggs and Hoover Parks not far from where we live.
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Toadshade Trillium, common but only if you look in the right place!
The Snow Trillium is smaller than the more common later blooming trilliums and is rare in central Ohio.
Duchman’s Breeches are fairly common and a close look when the flowers are fully developed will make you smile.
Blood Root has a nice sized but fragile and short lived flower.
Hepatica is fairly common.
Harbinger of Spring, a very small, very close to the ground, flower.
I took a break from the wildflowers so that a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets could again show me just how difficult they can be to photograph. As they fluttered from branch to branch, never stopping for more than a fraction of a second, even on a single point focus setting the camera didn’t know what to focus on.
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