Today my friend and I hit the HB trail for our tri-weekly morning walk. Finally after weeks of rain the weather was sunny and cool. This is a very special area with a micro climate that favors a vast array of spring ephemeral flowers. They had struggled into rapid bloom early in the season trying to survive the extreme drought which we were experiencing for the third year in a row in New England.

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Now following weeks of rain everything has greened up beautifully and the water table is approaching normal levels.  Only the hemlocks are gone due to the adelgid and one can hear a steady rain of chips from the canopy high overhead as the gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate the oaks. But, somehow nature always seems to spring back-don’t we all?

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So although I promised myself only to post watercolors-here goes- I’m going to post photos from our walk this morning. It was so much fun to find colonies of the plants now doing well which although no longer in flower felt like old friends. Of course there were new flowers to identify too, and a few that I have yet to catch in flower. One tree, a giant forest Tulip, dropped a flower at my feet. I hope to paint that soon.

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now huge leaves of wake robin
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herb Robert in seed
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viburnum gone to seed
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dead hemlock
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colony of stemless yellow violet
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curious fruit of the bear berry

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5 thoughts on “Magic Moments-revisited

  1. To Margaret Brown of Yuba gold
    Some how i erased your comment as i was replying.
    The walk is nice and while one can spend hours on the trail it is a loop and actually can be done in an hour to an hour and a half. It does have steep slippery spots and a bit of real rock climbing now where the original goat path has washed out.

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