The strange: A Monster Violet plant.
The scary: almost stepping on a Rattlesnake, just minutes after photographing the first bloom of Rattlesnake Weed (how aptly named is *that* ?!!!)
The sublime: basking in the multi-sensory experience of the spring woods at the Cloister at Three Creeks.
Below are some of the featured photos from the video, for blog viewers to peruse at their leisure.
|Daisy Fleabane, in the aster family: Erigeron annuus
|Wild Yam: Dioscorea villosa
|Wild azalea plant in peak bloom, photo-bombed by a passing Black Swallowtail butterfly
|Black Swallowtail at rest, sunning on a rock.
|Rattlesnake weed, first bloom: Hieracium venosum
|Very distinctive leaves of Rattlesnake weed. It is such an aptly named plant--it shares an ecosystem with rattlesnakes and blooms at the same time that the reptiles come out of their winter dens.
|First rattlesnake sighted right on the grounds of the Cloister. I suspect this is the same one who frequented the grounds all last summer--a big old gal or fella with 8 or 9 rattle segments.
|First Mountain Laurel bloom of the new season--this plant's bloom, for me, has always heralded the start of SUMMER! But it's May 5th!
|Second Mountain Laurel bloom, just opening
|Oxeye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare, an import from Europe