Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The corn lilies are growing fast in several wet spots around campus. The ones near the Wild Ginger are about 18" tall. They'll get three to four times that tall before blooming in June.
There are dandelions everywhere, so we tend to take them for granted. Sometimes a particular specimen stands out in its beautiful detail. Click on the one above for a closer view to see what I mean.
Continuing my habit of peeking under rocks and logs, I uncovered a Harvestman, AKA Daddy Long Legs. The second photo of her is a bit blurry because she was running away fast, but I liked the pose so included it here anyway.
A large growth on the trunk of a White Alder is a sign of some sort of disturbance but has a kind of beauty, an example of microorganisms and macroorganisms cooperating and competing on many levels.
The young Trail Plants, not yet blooming, are all over the hillsides, and I tipped over one leaf to show how different the undersides look compared to the top sides. When you walk through a thick patch of these later in the season, you tend to bend many leaves, and if you look back you can see the trail you made. In a few hours the leaves return to their normal orientation if not severely damaged.
Finally, a Fiddlehead, which is the name for the fiddle-like curled end of a frond of fern before it opens. Some people eat them and some people get sick, but I won't go deeply into the culinary or pathological possibilities. I just like the way they look.
If I had walked fast and not had my camera with me, I might have missed all these sights.