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St. Michael's Preserve Aunt Molly Trail: Spring

Hepatica. The smallest things matter. To distract an anxious mind. Focus on the normal. I found it challenging to focus on work today, but once again, nature provided a reprieve from the doldrums.

The last time I was at Aunt Molly Trail, the water, the dirt and the dry grass were frozen. I went by myself and then again a few days later with Bhavna, but the cold cut the adventure short both times.
This time we came with Kiran and most of the rainwater had dried up. Wildflowers were in bloom everywhere, covering the space under the high leafless trees with a carpet of yellow.

Along the path, I found spring beauty, and at first, I thought that would be all I saw. But near the end of the loop, I found clumps of Hepatica and the leaves of what I hope will be clumps of trout lily leaves. I found only one flowering specimen.

Hopefully, I can be back here at the weekend.

6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm

6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm

6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm

6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm

6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 16 mm

Long-spurred Violet | 6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm

Trout lily | 6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm

Hepatica americana | 6 April, 2020 | FujiFilm X-T2 | Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ 55 mm

St. Michael’s Preserve Trail Map

St. Michael’s Preserve Trail Map

Submitted as part of the 100DaysToOffload project.

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Gunta
    7th April 2020 at 4:33 AM

    The best for last. I love that Hepatica. You have me wondering if it can be found around here.

    • Reply
      Khürt Williams
      7th April 2020 at 2:59 PM

      If you take the walk on this trail you will find it. Just look down. ?

      • Reply
        Gunta
        7th April 2020 at 7:08 PM

        I suspect that I'm on the wrong side of the Rockies tp see it at my feet. I looked up the range and it seems to stop west of the Rocky Mts. Sigh.

        • Reply
          Khürt Williams
          7th April 2020 at 8:42 PM

          LOL. ?

        • Reply
          Khürt Williams
          8th April 2020 at 7:30 AM

          Of course, you live in the "Land of Awesome Scenery". Unfortunately, it seems Hepatica Americana is found natively on the East Coast only. But there are a lot of wildflowers on your end of the USA.

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