Going natural, as always, and finding new signs of spring at the Cloister at Three Creeks.
As a bonus for those who come to this blog, and don't just check the video on YouTube, here are Five Quickie still photos, further documentation of the progress of spring:
|First, in the unfinished business department, I finally identified this plant, spotted in bloom a few days ago. It is the Blue Cohosh, named for its blue berries: Caulophyllum thalictroides.|
|... but now I have another problem child. This looks to be in the thistle family, but multiple internet searches have not produced any identity yet. It has leaves that over-winter flat to the ground before springing up in this aptly named new season.|
|Signs of spring in the canopy, the flowers of the Sassafras tree set off by the maturing winged seeds of the red maple.|
|Indeed, the canopy is now definitively showing its green tinge, as demonstrated in this zoom shot from a viewpoint. Most of the tree crowns that are the greenest are tulip poplar trees.|