Bhavna and I walked on the Millstone Borough section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.
It was a beautiful Spring afternoon. Bhavna and I walked on the Millstone Borough section of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. We enjoyed the walk, and I had the opportunity to use my [Fujinon MCEX-16] extension tube. I saw no flowers except for the Spring Beauty.
I still have no Mac with which to edit my images. These are straight-out-of-camera (SOOC) JPEGs created using the Nostalgic Negative Film simulation recipe. I used the wireless transfer feature of my Fuji X-T3 to get them onto my iPad Pro. I uploaded and posted them using the WordPress app.
UPDATED 2022-04-22: My Mac Studio arrived! I have replaced the SOOC images with cropped versions edited on the Mac. No other editing was performed.
Until now, my backyard had been mostly devoid of anything I consider attractive. I live in a planned community of townhomes where everything is designed to be “vanilla”. Our backyard is shared, community space, with several other units. There is a fence that separates our community from an estate and some woods. We are fortunate in that our section of townhomes has more forests than others. Right along the fence is one or two of the original trees from before the houses were built. Each year I have noticed a patch of spring beauties, claytonia Virginia, appear. Up until now, there was nothing all week, but today, the "beauties" have bloomed.
Monday's weather put me in a gloomy funk. Today the sun appeared again, but the air was cold. I read a blog post by Mary Anne Borge about her walk on the Rockhopper Trail in West Amwell. Mary Anne encountered birds and plants and wildflowers. She mentioned that the warmer weather may have brought on some early budding and flowering. Normally the native wildflowers will appear in mid to late April in the Mid Atlantic.
With a bit of FOMO, I felt the urge to be outside in nature. My goal was to hopefully capture photos of round-lobed Hepatica or rue-anemone.
My first stop was at the Rock Brook along Hollow Road. I have encountered numerous specimens of native wildflowers here but today, the flowers I found only Ficaria Verna and invasive plant from Asia and West Africa.
It was sloshy along the trail in the Sourland Nature Preserve on East Mountain Road. I didn’t find as many plant specimens as Mary Anne, but I wasn't in the mood for bushwacking. Perhaps it's too early for Rue Anemone. I found no hepatica. I had no problem finding Spring Beauty.
There were other couples out hiking, and I encountered one family with four boys blowing of anxious energy. After ninety minutes walking around, I circled back to the trailhead. I was determined to find something. A few yards in I spotted singular bloodroot among the dried leaves.