On a recent hike at the Tillinghast Pond Management Area, a Nature Conservancy-managed preserve, (that’s the pond in the photo) my friend and I were blown away by the beauty and diversity of the wildflowers.
It had rained a couple of days earlier, a proper soaking rain, and maybe that did the trick. This clearing in the above photo didn’t look particularly interesting, until you paid attention. What looked like an area in recovery suddenly became a very beautiful spot, dotted with Aquilegia Canadensis: Canadian, or Wild Columbine. We saw one, then a few more, then noticed them all over.
Here’s a wider shot, to give you an idea of how many there were.
These are known locally as “bluets.”
I couldn’t identify these lovely yellow flowers. I couldn’t even find them on the USDA list. I thought they might be “butter and eggs,” but they don’t have the darker centers. Then I thought “turtlehead,” but I have only seen those in pink. Maybe somebody can come to my rescue. HerbDoc? Andy?
How about this gall? It looks so much like a skull – or an alien out of the movie “Mars Attacks”- it kind of creeped me out.
I will end with a final look at Tillinghast Pond from the other side. The trees were full of Baltimore orioles, and it was definitely one of those “good to be alive” days.