Thursday, March 2, 2017
Wildflowers at Brukner on March 1, 2017...Spring is here.
The day was windy, gusts up to forty miles per hour earlier in the day. I could hear dead branches falling from the trees. I decided to cut my hike short.
I had really hoped to find a Snow Trillium.
The Hepatica are blooming where I usually find the Snow Trillium. But this winter and early spring have been unusually warm. I wonder...Do Snow Trillium respond to the length of the days and Hepatica to the warmth of the weather?
Anyway, I was pleased to see the Hepatica. As I headed back up toward the parking lot, I kept looking. There is a hillside along the return trail where more and more Snow Trillium have been showing up in recent years and there I found a bud. I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't been searching.
A little further up the trail, I found the Purple Cress I had found on February 24, the last day I had hiked this trail. Its buds were still tightly closed.
I just happened to glance on the other side of the trail. In a spot of sunlight, I found this.
Purple Cress is blooming. Hooray!