It’s Spring Ephemeral season. That brief stretch when the forest floors have light and some warmth & these lovely beings emerge, bloom, fade, and sinense as the leaves in the high canopy unfurl and gather light from the Sun.
A woods walk was in order.
Spring Beauty and Blue Cohosh.
(Blue Cohosh sticks around for longer, but emerges with the others)
(I wish my vocabulary for the various greens was extensive & specific… I’ll need to work on that.)
Notice the three-lobed leaf from the previous season… Three lobes corresponding to the three lobes of the liver.
Such adorable blossoms. They are nearly exclusively pollinated by bumblebees.
Only a few were blooming the day I went for this walk in Late April. Many were in bloom the following week (on a phone-less walk).
Please say hello to Nemo. Who could be Oni’s distant cousin.
Fortunately I was able to be with Nemo for a stretch of time in March.
So today is my tenth year since returning to Ithaca, after four years away, with my cat, Oni.
11 & 1/2 years is the longest I’ve lived anywhere as an adult (if you count the time before I left…)
It caught me by surprise. I’m in my own little seeding & transplanting world most of the time I’m there.
Shallots, Onions, Leeks, Scallions.
I don’t have an image of the trays in their current green stage, but they’ve began to be transplanted last week. Tonight they’ll complete the rest of the trays.
This method was too complicated, and spray painting edges of the trays will likely be next season’s method.
We’ll see how things unfold.
Till then, happy anniversary day & wishing you all a joyous, long slow spring.