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An Easter Walk

April 4, 2010

I used to spend a lot of time in the forest by the river, close to where we lived.

When we moved, going back became too painful.

I stayed away for nearly two years, but this spring, my best friend has talked me into going back, into taking up the habit of hours-long forest wanderings again – even though she may be regretting it now, since I stop to take pictures every couple of steps.

What can I say? It’s spring, things are growing, changing so fast – I just can’t help it.

    Clumps of Anemone ranunculoides (Yellow Wood Anemone) beside the path

Clumps of Anemone ranunculoides (Yellow Wood Anemone) beside the path

Anemone ranunculoides

Anemone ranunculoides (Yellow Wood Anemone)

    Clumps of Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone), and my shadow

Clumps of Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone), and my shadow

    Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone) and Arum maculatum (?) (Lords and Ladies, Cuckoo Pint)

Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone) and Arum maculatum (?) (Lords and Ladies, Cuckoo Pint)

    An island in a sea of Allium ursinum (Ramsons, Wood Garlic)

An island in a sea of Allium ursinum (Ramsons, Wood Garlic)

    Gagea lutea, Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem

Gagea lutea, Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem

    Scilla bifolia, Alpine Squill

Scilla bifolia, Alpine Squill

    Hepatica nobilis (Liverwort)

Hepatica nobilis (Liverwort)

    Lathraea squamaria (Common Toothwort) - a parasitic, chlorophyll-less plant, the flowers are the only above-ground part

Lathraea squamaria (Common Toothwort) – a parasitic, chlorophyll-less plant, the flowers are the only above-ground part

    Tussilago farfara (Coltsfoot)

Tussilago farfara (Coltsfoot)

    Primula elatior (Oxlip)

Primula elatior (Oxlip)

    Corydalis cava (Bulbous Corydalis, Hollowroot)

Corydalis cava (Bulbous Corydalis, Hollowroot)

    Viola odorata (Sweet Violet)

Viola odorata (Sweet Violet)

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