We made it to March!
February is a “flip-flop” month weather-wise here in Oregon. Generally, we are trending toward warmer temperatures but nights are still near freezing and looking ahead a couple of days there are even some snow flurries in the forecast. Still, we do not have snow on the ground, as some do in other parts of the country.
Spring is beginning to tease us with leaf and flower buds, early wildflowers and pussy willows. Today, I took my camera and went into the forest for an hour and noticed the growth in the mosses and ferns. They are presenting very different “faces” than they did two months ago when they were under snow for a few days. Nature is beginning to regenerate, after the late-fall-winter dormant season.
Here are some early signs of spring. Behold the beauty!
The Snow Queen is the first wildflower to appear. These were transplanted to a domestic setting, hence the protective wire cover.
Wood Violets will soon be perfuming the paths with their delicate scent. These are the first ones I’ve seen anywhere on campus.
Native Day Lilies — moved to a domestic garden setting. Native plants can be cultivated successfully, adding beauty and food to home gardens.
Pussy Willows, my favorite from childhood is here to greet me again as an elder. Their soft furry buds give them their name.
These may look like tiny ferns but they are actually a kind of moss that grows quite lush in these warmer-but-still-wet days of late winter-early spring.
Moss is everywhere in our forest and grows profusely during this time of year. Sometimes the moss looks like long beards hanging off the branches.
Lush ferns begin their renewal after many months of dormancy. This one is at least a meter across.
The lichens hang from the trees like a soft green veil.
The “Creek Trail” follows Anthony Creek. This part of the forest has a very primeval appearance.
I went to investigate an interesting intertwining of three trees’ root system and discovered a forest altar. Sweet!
I hope you enjoyed our walk.