Monday, March 20, 2006

Tiny harbingers of spring

This weekend we went for a walk in the woods behind our house to see what's coming up. I like to look for the tiniest signs of spring, which I believe are some of the most beautiful harbingers of the season in Middle Tennessee.

I would appreciate anyone who can identify any of these miniature miracles.

This may be either a May Apple or a Jack-in-the-Pulpit.

This one's a little farther along

Saw this pretty little white flower

And this tiny purple flower

The little flower called "henbit" spreads into vast carpets that annoy suburban homeowners but up close is quite beautiful.

The redbud trees' blossoms grow right out of its branches

But some trees have little flowers like this

and this

This little stream runs behind our house, but we never get to see this view unless we trudge down the 30-foot embankment and cross to the other side.

We also saw some mushrooms growing on trees

and others growing out of a tree that had fallen across the stream bed last year


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