More than a week had passed since I saw those swelling buds of Nodding Trillium along the Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail. And with the return of sunnier, warmer days this week, I suspected that those buds would have opened by now. So I dashed out there yesterday to see if my suspicions might be correct.
Bog Meadow Trail had become quite lush and lovely now, with the tree canopy leafing out and the trailside plants grown tall and beautifully green. At first glance down the trail, I saw no evidence of any flowers in bloom. But that perception was soon to change.
Sure enough, only a hundred yards or so along the trail I found the first Nodding Trillium (Trillium cernuum) in bloom, hiding well back beneath some thick shrubbery. And not only was the plant well hidden, the flower itself was also hiding, face down beneath its wide spreading leaves.
UPDATE: Thanks to a well-informed reader, Bryan Pfeiffer, I can now put a name to this damselfly. It's a newly emerged female Aurora Damsel (Chromagrion conditum). Now I know why I could not find its image in my Odonata guidebook. Newly emerged damselflies do not yet have the distinguishing colors they will acquire as adults. But Bryan knew! Be sure to check Bryan's comment to this post, in order to gain access to his own remarkable and informative nature blog.
Sadly, though, the season for admiring the remarkable interior structure of Goldthread flowers (Coptis trifoliata) will soon be over. This is one of our earliest blooming wildflowers, and I felt lucky to find even this pair in presentable shape. I love the curlicue-tipped, spindle-shaped pistils and the lemon-lollipop-shaped petals of this small ephemeral flower.
As the trail moved closer to the tree-shaded open pools, I was surprised to find such a glorious display of Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) still blooming, for this is one of our earliest flowers to bloom in spring. Lovely, yes, but they readied me for the even more delightful surprise I was about to encounter next.
Bog Buckbean! And dozens of them! And beautifully in bloom! I discovered this very attractive water plant in this very pool a dozen years ago, but some years I find not a trace of it, some years I see just the leaves, and other years just one or two plants in bloom. But never have I seen such an abundance of plants in beautiful flower. This was my lucky day!