All spring, the leaves of yellow pond lilies (spatterdock) have been growing up from the bottom of the pond to the surface.

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The sun penetrating the first unfurled leaves them them a jewel-like glow.

 

 

 

Also contributing color to the landscape are birds:  Northern Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees and Blue-gray gnatcatchers. An Osprey, recently returned from winter vacation, soars over the pond.

 

A nuthatch displays its acrobatic skills, at times clinging upside down on a tree branch.

 

 

Some wildflowers are in bud and a few have already begun to open.  Bloodroot is one of the early bloomers. Its single white blossom is wrapped in a furled leaf. like a babe in a  swaddling blanket, before emerging in full bloom.

 

 

Spring Beauties, Dutchman’s breeches and Cutleaf Toothworts are close behind, followed by Virginia bluebells, still tightly budded.

 

 

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Soon, the forest will be a jewel box of sapphire blue, topaz yellow, rose quartz pink and pearly white.

 

 

 

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