And I really did have to search for it "with [my] knees in the mud," since these flowers are so tiny they truly cannot be detected from any distance. But once I approached and peered more closely, I sure did find them, and "in abundance." Thousands and thousands of them!
With so many plants, I didn't feel too guilty about uprooting one, the better to photograph the entire plant -- flowers, stems, and basal rosette -- in one exposure. And then I tucked it back into its sandy soil.
Here's a closer look at those basal leaves that "wear a sensible woolly coat," as Leopold describes.
Also inhabiting this patch of unpromising dirt were clusters of another little "no'count weed" called Mouse-ear Chickweed (Cerastium vulgatum), its flowers so newly out of bud that the petals were not yet clearly displaying the deep clefts that normally distinguish these flowers.
Punctuating these carpets of tiny, almost invisible plants were occasional vivid sunbursts of Dandelions, another introduced wildflower that arises as early as possible every spring. This close-up photo reveals how generously it offers its pollen on slender scrolling pistils.
Encouraged by all this floral abundance, I dashed out to the Skidmore woods to visit the Sharp-lobed Hepatica plant I had found just breaking bud a few days ago. And lo! There they were: two pretty pale-purple flowers lifting their opened faces to the sun! The wildflower season is definitely upon us at last!