We weren't sure the day would be bright enough for the Spring Beauties to be open. They close in cloudy weather and before rain storms. The day brightened just enough when we walked into the woods. Their petals were spread wide. These were older flowers so they were pinker and the "bee lines" the bees and other insects follow to the nectar were visible.
These were the first we have seen this year. Their blooming span is very short, shorter than most of the other ephemeral flowers of spring. I was glad we chose this day to walk.
Once we found the first Cutleaf Toothwort, we found many more.
We found lots of these leaves, their flowers gone. We kept looking and we found a few still blooming. This is another flower with an extremely short blooming span.
We were pleased to see the drooping trillium beginning to show themselves. We found the leaves of the Large-flowered or White Trillium, too. This sepals of this one had opened enough so we could see the white petals. In a week or so the Drooping Trillium and Large-flowered Trillium will carpet the sanctuary. The leaves of the two trilliums are somewhat different in shape.
Tom spotted one small cluster of Blue Cohosh flowers. He decided to wait until there were showier clusters but I took this photo with my little camera.
Finally Tom found what he wanted most to photograph...