Thursday, April 29, 2010

Full Pink Moon

The April full moon is called the Full Pink Moon.
According to the Farmer's Almanac, the name comes from the herb
moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the Spring.

Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Flowers for Friday

A delicate fuzzy little bloom

Marsh Marigold
The flower has a waxy sheen

Wild Geranium

Wild Ginger
Note the dark red flower hidden below the leaves)

Another of my favorites,

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Guinea hen

While walking this morning, I came upon a strange bird lying right on the trail.
It ran into the underbrush.

I snapped a few pictures.

At home I discovered it was a Guinea hen, a domestic bird.
It probably belongs to a neighbor.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Camping in Southern Indiana

I spent 3 days in Brown County Indiana camping & riding.
Here's Jasper on the high line under a redbud.

Pretty horses all in a row.

Luna moth on the hay.


Glade Phlox

Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring is Blooming!

The Spring flowers are bursting out!
Here is a sweet yellow Violet.

And a lovely purple Violet.

Beautiful Virginia Bluebells!

The Redbud trees are flowering too.

And finally the Trillium!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

More Forest Floor Discoveries

While riding this morning, we spotted this shed antler.

And while out walking, I heard a frog singing.
Usually they slip underwater when I approach.
This one remained still so I could snap a picture.

Then as I circled around, I noticed her suitor was nearby.
He was who I had heard singing.

More Wildflowers

This is toothwort, sometimes called pepperwort.
It is a peppery tasting edible.

One of my favorites, the lacy & delicate Dutchman's Breeches.

Spring Beauty, which has strap-like leaves & white, pink veined flowers.
Also called Fairy Spuds, since the corms (roots) are edible.

This is Hepatica or Liverwort, which can be confused with Spring Beauty.
It can have white, pink, lavender, purple or blue flowers.

Hepatica again, showing its 3 lobed pointed leaves.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Strange Black Fungus

I found these strange mushrooms on the trail while looking for wildflowers.

They are black cup fungi.

Spring Wildflowers

The wildflowers are bursting through the soil and covering the forest floor with color.
This is Purple Cress, a plant whose leaves are edible.

This is Bloodroot,
which oozes an orange-red juice or sap when cut.

This is Rue Anemone.
Not to be confused with....

False Rue Anemone.

This is the lovely Trout Lily,
named because the leaf resembles a fish.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

We have a new Resident

Meet Jasper.

He's a solid black, 4 year old Missouri foxtrotter.

Here he's saddled up for his first trail ride with me.
I'm looking forward to many more trail rides with him.

Spring rains

Spring rains have transformed the woods from this....

to this.

The heavy rain causes other changes, such as this washout and broken tree on the creek bank.

It provides puddles for the emerging frogs which I hear as I walk in the woods.

And provides plenty of water for the geese and other waterfowl.