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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

First Colors of Spring...

48 degrees - 11:30 am - foggy...

Even though there was a light rain falling this morning I wanted to take a quick stroll around the yard to snap some pictures of the first colors of spring...

Red Huckleberry

When you think of a huckleberry, most people envision the Evergreen Huckleberry with its dark purple berries, which look like mini blueberries.  But did you know there is also a Red Huckleberry?

The Red Huckleberry is not as common as its sister the Evergreen Huckleberry but around here, they are everywhere.  In a few more months its pale pink urn shaped flowers will have turned into little red berries, which are sweet and good to eat.

White Trillium aka White Wake-Robin

Trilliums are a favorite wildflower for many people (me included).  Right now they are popping up everywhere, covering the woodland floor with white blossoms that will turn to a dark pink with age.  They bloom just about the time that robins appear so they have gotten the nick-name of “Wake-Robin”.

Western Skunk Cabbage aka Swamp Lantern

Even though we live on a mountain ridge, we have a lot of water up here and the Skunk Cabbage to prove it!  The stinky plant likes swamps, small streams and wet woods.  Even though they have a pretty color to them, they have an unpleasant odor as well, hence the name Skunk Cabbage.

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