After so many days of rain, I have had the pleasure of hiking Stonehouse Pond twice this week. The Spring ephemerals are blooming along the trails and it is thrilling to encounter them in this very special wild land. Painted Trillium is a standout in the speckled light of the newly leafed out forest floor. I had never seen this flower in the wild before so this was a very special experience!
Clintonia, or Blue Bead Lily is another Spring flower that I have been yearning to see in a wild environment. There are quite large colonies of Clintonia along the path to the top of the stone cliff, nestled in amongst plants that are more familiar to me, such as Goldthread,Trailing Arbutus, and the beautiful Lady Slipper.
When my hiking companion Lynn and I reached the top of the stone cliff, we spent time admiring the view and searching for the Sassafras that seemed to disappear from view when I brought my friend Deb for a hike on Tuesday. Indeed, the leaves of Sassafras were unfurling today and Lynn and I had no problem finding them.
When I took the last photo, a strange thing happened.