Spring Awakenings

Every year I seem to encounter new species of plants I’ve never seen or, perhaps, have never noticed before, particularly in the spring. If one is lucky enough to encounter the very beginnings of plants and flowers when first emerging from their winter hibernation, magnificent spectacles are to behold. It’s a time for awe and wonder.

Take, for instance, Winterhazel—a mediocre leafy shrub. But just look at the show of yellow blooms it produces in the early spring!

Winterhazel (Corylopsis)

Here’s something I’ve never personally seen before…Bigleaf Maple Tree blooms!

Bigleaf Maple

Here’s a botanical denizen of the woodland…the Asian Mayapple. It’s interesting to watch them sprout in their early stage before their large, glistening leaves unfurl. They look a bit like umbrellas!

Asian Mayapple

Here is more woodland flora: young ferns and Trout Lilies.

Pink Trout Lilies (Erythronium)

I’ve never happened to notice these orange, fuzz covered flower buds of a Magnolia tree species. Really fascinating…and colorful!

Magnolia buds

Here’s an interesting looking bloom of an Illicium species, sometimes called Star Anise.

Star Anise (Illicium)

I’ll end my post with a couple of colorful, spring flowers. The first is a Peony species coming into bloom. And the second is…you guessed it…a Daffodil, with a little visitor.

Peony
Ladybug on Daffodil bloom

All images property of Peggy A Thompson

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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6 Responses to Spring Awakenings

  1. picpholio says:

    Wonderful shots of nature coming to live again.

  2. susurrus says:

    Lovely to see these pictures. At the stage you’ve caught it, the Mayapple looks like a community of creatures from an animated Disney film.

  3. Wonderful close ups.

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