Spring Ephemerals

Each year, I measure the arrival of spring with firsts.

The first maple trees flowering by my house…
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the first spicebush blooming in the forest understory…
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the first skunk cabbage swelling at the swamp…
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the first kettle of Turkey Vultures on the wind…
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the first frogs and salamaders growing in cold, dark murky ponds…
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and, most exciting of all, the first spring ephemeral wildflowers bursting out from the wet forest floor.
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My cousin and I found marsh marigold deep in the woods at Darien Lakes State Park. At the Niagara Escarpment Preserve, there are violets, toothwort, bloodroot (my favorite), white trillium, and squirrels corn (a close second). They are like long-distance friends, in my life for a weekend visit, and then gone for far too long.

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