Monday, 25 April 2011

Spring Blooms

Spring is getting underway, more blooming wildflowers are making their appearance.  North of Perth Road Village I found hepaticas, bloodroot, spring beauties, and Dutchman's breeches in bloom.  The trilliums had popped out of the ground and were beginning to unfurl, most of them still had buds tightly closed and their leaves wrapped round them like a young gal wearing a cloak in chilly weather from some gothic novel.   One early meadow rue looked anxious to start the season, one big glob of unopened leaves and buds on a thick stem pushing upwards towards the sun.  

A sighting I'll share:  as we drove north on Hwy 10 yesterday around 12:30 p.m. a fisher crossed the road between Glenburnie and Inverary.  It  raced to an island of rock and trees in a field, and then stood upright on hind legs and watched the passing traffic.  Unfortunately one can only get a brief good look while  driving in holiday traffic. 



Bloodroots in bloom.     


Hepaticas.  Leaves were not apparent, so was not determined whether these were sharp- or round-lobed type.  Colour of blooms on hepaticas scattered over this hillside ranged from white through varying pinks and blues to dark purply-blue.

                                               Photos and posting by R. Burke

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