No matter how chilly, it always warms my soul to see the first of the spring wildflowers start to emerge.
As I follow the seasons, in early spring I take heart in knowing there are some special friends getting ready to wake up from their winter naps. This trip I was met with soft beauty, no matter the weather they're there.
This day was cool with sprinkles. Hepatica was the first bloom, thankfully in the same spot it always is. Lots of greens are beginning to emerge too, the shovel-like leaves of the purple cress, ramps showing off their fluorescent colors, waterleaf with it's lovely watery patterns. As an extra special treat, the foliage of the dutchman's breeches is gathering in large bunches.
As April begins, more things will begin to bloom.
A weekly or even a few times a week, walk will reveal a secret emergence if you take the time to slow down and look.
Walk slowly (usually I can do about 1 mi in an hour), look down, stop often, go solo, speak rarely.
If that sounds tedious, consider it a meditation practice. Breathe in the smells of the world waking up.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.