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Dates for early middle late flower at silver lake
A spent male Red Maple flower that caught my eye, on the wooden table where we ate our picnic lunches.
Tuliptree, I think -- unusual configuration. These usually have a single, tall, very straight trunk.
Best viewed large.
The leaf is the dark green, broadly lobed one at top -- this shot shows the leaf better. Best viewed large.
Don't think I really managed to capture the delicate color of this flower. You might just think it's a white flower in shadow -- but it's not, it's in sunlight.
1.7 cm across, 10 cm tall.
A rare white Virginia Bluebell. Newcomb's field guide just says blue; Wikipedia notes "white blossoms occur rarely". Best viewed large. This site is a wildflower preserve -- somewhere in between native woods & a botanical garden. The plants are growing wild, but uncommon plants may have originally been brought in from outside.
Bonus bug maybe an assassin bug nymph (Zelus sp)?
Virginia Bluebells from below, shooting blind. Love the translucence. Best viewed large.
Best viewed large. Showy native spring wildflower, near woodland pond. Newcomb's says "rare and local", and with a relatively restricted range -- "W. Conn. to Mich., south to Del. & Ohio."
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve is a wonderful site. They have installed a 10-foot deer fence around the entire preserve, with an automatic gate to allow cars in and out.
Mossy, wooded streambank. Best viewed large.
A bit asymmetric, unlike most mustard family flowers. Also much larger and showier! Best viewed large.