In what seems like 3 days our world in the valley has turned green! We've had 3 days of cooler rainy weather, on top of earlier days of warmth, and the buds on the shrubs and young trees have just exploded. The woods, while it still looked largely brown three days ago, now looks a rich bright green.
We headed into the woods this morning, and this is what greeted us - bright green plants on the forest floor, bright green leaves emerging on all the saplings and smaller trees, and the beginning of green leaves in the canopy.
All the buds on younger saplings had unfolded, like these Sugar Maple leaves. They look so delicate when they first emerge.
Here's a Basswood sapling with its shining green leaves all still somewhat curly after growing so fast over three days.
Have you ever thought about what the plant has to do to create a leaf like this out of a tiny bud less than a 1/4 inch long, in just a few days? What blueprint is stored in that tree which gives rise to the precise pattern of all these leaves growing so quickly in early May?
The forest floor has been green for about a week now. This is an 18" high forest of Blue Cohosh, which emerges looking purplish/blue, but turns to a normal green as soon as its leaves unfold.
And of course there are lots of Trillium in the woods where the dog and I walk, though not perhaps as many as at Old Baldy.
And the ferns, one of my favourite groups of woodland plants, are emerging fast too.
Put it all together and it simply makes a beautiful picture in the woods.
Eventually we turned around (not before Roxie had run through several mud puddles in her excitement), and headed back out the tractor trail. The seasons continue to turn as they always do.
Gorgeous shots! The leaves have really come out here as well.ReplyDelete
Spring is such a splendid time! And I must assume that Roxie is your dog not your wife.DReplyDelete
Yes, Roxie is the dog!Delete
The variety of greens in the spring is awesome -- your photos represent them well.ReplyDelete
Looks like it has a good bath from the rain.ReplyDelete
It looks so pretty in the woods. I love all the shades of spring green right now. It's starting to pop here with the rain we've had.ReplyDelete
Love the woodland shots. So many shades of greenReplyDelete
I see what you mean that things are greening up for you too. It's amazing how quickly it all turns green again. Beautiful pictures.ReplyDelete
Oh yes, the green is so nice to see again... Lovely images.. have a happy day!ReplyDelete
So nice to take a walk in the woods with you. It's a happy time when things are new and young, like the leaves on a tree.ReplyDelete
Wow! It sure changed in a hurry. And yes it's beautiful. I have never seen trillium like you grow up there. It might not be as thick as at Old Baldy, but it's still and impressive carpet of trillium. :-)ReplyDelete
Don't you just love the tender green that appears on the trees before the leaves turn darker. Beautiful green pictures this morning.ReplyDelete
Nothing is quite so magical as a spring walk through the woods in Ontario - especially before the blackflies and mosquitos emerge!ReplyDelete
I love all the greenery! Apart from it being my favourite colour it's just nice to get out and about and see colours in Spring.ReplyDelete
Green makes the world looking so fresh!ReplyDelete
Yes our part of the world has turned green too and it is such a great experience to witness the world's re-awakening.ReplyDelete
Wow, so beautiful and love all those Trilliums!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous explosion in green!ReplyDelete