Spring ephemerals are bursting into view with a certain urgency. They sense the need to bloom before the first leaves on understory and trees will cast their first shadows. Dutchman's breeches and trillium, usually blooming weeks apart, are raising their white blossoms almost simultaneously, and everything in between on the ephemeral calendar is peaking through last year's wilted brown leaves covering the forest floor.
Signs of spring are sprouting in the Preserve, breaking through last fall's leaves on the ground or bursting from branches on bushes and trees. Have a look at these observations made during this past week in the Preserve, some with Botany 401.
Gisela Kutzbach and contributors