Hold on there, heat! It was over 80 degrees, yesterday! I can't keep up with all the wildflowers a whole string of over-warm days have pushed into blooming this past week. Here's a brief report, just for the record.
Tuesday, April 6: Lake Bonita at Moreau Lake State Park
Thursday, April 8, North Woods at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs
Friday, April 9, Denton Wildlife Sanctuary, Washington County
Another warm sunny day, and I joined my friend Sue Pierce for a shirt-sleeves-only walk through the Denton Wildlife Sanctuary, a Nature Conservancy preserve that lies along Route 4 between Schuylerville and Fort Edward. Deep gullies remain of what once was a site for shale mining, with the shale now overgrown with a forest of oaks and maples and conifers. Sue and I know this preserve as THE place to visit each spring to witness uncountable numbers of Spring Beauties carpeting a portion of the forest, and our hopes were high we might find them here this day.
I don't have a photo of what we saw later, while picnicking at a small park along the Champlain Canal near Fort Miller. But I sure wish I did! While following the antics of a pair of iridescently plumaged Tree Swallows guarding a nest box, Sue looked skyward and chanced to see a pair of Bald Eagles directly overhead, swooping and swirling as if in a dance. It was quite a show, it lasted quite a while, and we were there to see it! Lucky us!
Saturday, April 10, Shenantaha Creek Park, Ballston Spa
My thermometer in Saratoga read over 80 degrees when I left my house to drive about 10 miles south to Shenantaha Creek Park, so I was pretty certain I would find Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) blooming there, where I've always found them. And I sure did!