I don’t often go into the woods at this time of the year. I don’t like the heat, and there are ticks everywhere. It was a beautiful day Sunday, though. And since my husband cleared a path through the brush last year, it is now possible to get into the woods with only minimal exposure to ticks. I decided to take my chances.
That beautiful view is composed of thousands of beautiful trees, like this one.
Last year my father told me, as we walked through some woods in the park, that all the bushes I thought were blueberries were, in fact, huckleberries. I haven’t had a chance to fully explore my area of woods, but I found two different types of shrub that might be blueberries (or huckleberries). I found a few big bushes, like this one.
And I found low-growing shrubs, like these here.
And flying around the shrubs were all sorts of insects, including little beauties like this one.
The smaller plants are coming up, too. I got some pictures of wildflowers that I’ll be sharing later this week. For now, I give you these beautiful ferns.
I love the curve of the heads, and when you look closer, you can see that the fronds already starting to break out of some of them.
The word that popped into my mind when I looked at this was “fiddlehead.” According to Wikipedia, “fiddleheads are the furled fronds of a young fern, harvested for use as a vegetable.” Vegetable? That sounds interesting, but don’t get your forks and knives out yet. Wikipedia also notes that some ferns are carcinogenic. And those hairy fiddleheads don’t look too appetizing, do they? Still, it might be something worth looking into someday.
Anyway, spring is here and looking mighty fine!