|Just beginning to open|
|Just beginning to open|
|Lots of new green|
In the months of March-June Vanilla Leaf send forth a bottlebrush-like flower featuring 8-20 long white stamens that form a showy spike positioned above the center point of the leaves. The flower spike can range from 1”-3” in length.
|Dandelion gone to seed|
|Mel scattering seeds, or fairies, in the forest|
|Looking at the viewpoint from the trail extension|
|Beautiful purple iris|
|Barred owl, side view|
It is a popular ornamental plant and is also used in herbal medicine. It is both the national tree and national flower of Thailand. It is the state flower of Kerala in India. It is the provincial flower of North Central Province in Sri Lanka.
|Tree and fern on Fragrance Lake trail|
|Mushroom emerging from the soil|
|Viewpoint showing Samish Bay|
|Trillium turning pink|
|Maybe I'm imagining a rosebud|
|Thank you Sidney Harris|
|A little side trail|
|Peering out at the far shore|
|Pretty white flowers|
|Towards the end of the hike|
|Cornwall Park Rose Garden|
|Top, October 2021; bottom, May 2022|
When you think about the complexity of our natural world — plants using quantum mechanics for photosynthesis, for example — a smartphone begins to look like a pretty dumb object. —Jeff Vandermeer
|Can you tell how wet it is?|
|Very soggy trillium|
|Fungus on a very mossy tree|
|Wild bleeding hearts|
|Maidenhair ferns and trillium|
The word Adiantum comes from the Greek adiantos, which means ‘unwetted’ and refers to the way that maidenhair fern fronds repel water.
We did stop often to admire the scenery and the different plant life surrounding us, but after awhile I was anxious to just get out of the rain, and stop having to try to keep myself from slipping in the mud, which seemed to disturb my lower back muscles. When we returned to the car, my sore back welcomed Melanie's heated seat as we made our way back home. For a very wet day, I think we did a good job of getting our quota of steps and exercise. Now to enjoy a cozy and warm home!
I do think I like posting this Monday missive on Tuesdays, as it gives me more time to relax and reflect with whatever comes into my mind. Today on my walk back from the coffee shop, I saw five bunnies on the trail! Not all at once, but every now and then one would hop back into the bushes when it saw me. One stayed and eyed me for quite a few minutes before leaving (I stopped, too). It makes me wonder whether there are some regulars who feed them. It is tempting, but a bunny who cannot find lots to eat with the abundant salad fixings all around won't be long for this world, I suspect.
In an hour, I'll need to drive to my acupuncturist's office for a treatment. Although I don't have any really pressing problems, I always feel so much better after he takes those needles out and my body's meridians are balanced. Today I'll ask him to help boost my immunity and also help my ankle fully recover from last week's minor sprain. Otherwise I'm feeling pretty darn good!
Looking ahead to our hike on Thursday, it looks like I'll be needing all my rain gear. Soon, we'll be warming up outside and the rain will diminish in another month or so as we begin our summer heat. It's short around here, usually. I cannot believe what happened in India during April: a strong heat wave well over normal highs. I am so grateful that I live in such a beautiful place, and we only occasionally reach temperatures that are uncomfortable. Climate change may give us a bit more of them, but nothing like the 45-50°C temps India suffered through, making this April the third hottest on record. They are back to their normal 90s (33-35°C).
I hope everything is fine in your neck of the woods. We might even reach 60°F today! Like I said, it's been cool around here.