The woodlands have come to life. The forest floor which had been covered in detritus, has turned green with the plants of summer. Our recent walk on the Rotary Trail on the east end of our city, gave us an opportunity to observe some of the smaller beauties.
A single dandelion flower is pretty by itself but millions are visible in the fields adjacent to the trail. Some bloom along the trail as well but the fields are a bee’s delight.
Violets grow along the trail and through the woods. These tiny little flowers are close to the ground and easy to miss as you go.
Ferns are growing rapidly now. The Interrupted Ferns are tall, already dwarfing other ferns which are slower to mature.
Starflowers are early risers from the forest floor
as are the Wild Lily of the Valley.
At first glance one only sees the leaves, but both plants are worth a closer look.
Young trees are spread out in the June sunshine.
The air is filled with the sound of birds, but the only one visible is this Mourning Dove which takes a passing glance at the elderly woman taking its photo.
Along the way, we pass fields planted with potatoes and grass which will become hay. There is a softness to the countryside now as the leaves and blooms on the trees create pretty boundaries between the fields.
Oh look! We can have a picnic.