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
Anemone ranunculoides (Yellow Wood Anemone)
Clumps of Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone), and my shadow
Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone) and Arum maculatum (?) (Lords and Ladies, Cuckoo Pint)
An island in a sea of Allium ursinum (Ramsons, Wood Garlic)
Gagea lutea, Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem
Scilla bifolia, Alpine Squill
Hepatica nobilis (Liverwort)
Lathraea squamaria (Common Toothwort) – a parasitic, chlorophyll-less plant, the flowers are the only above-ground part
Tussilago farfara (Coltsfoot)
Primula elatior (Oxlip)
Corydalis cava (Bulbous Corydalis, Hollowroot)
Viola odorata (Sweet Violet)