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Wildflowers

Yellow Violet and Spring Beauty

Yellow Violet
Yellow Violet

Spring has been moving faster than I can keep up with. Today had my first of the year Spring Beauty and Yellow Violets.
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Saint Green

colts foot
Colt’s Foot

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day everyone! Had my first of the year Colt’s Foot yesterday . . . . Almost green but more yellow!! Plants should be green soon!! CHEERS
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Lycopodium

Lycopodium obscurum

Lycopodium
by Maxwell C. Wheat, Jr.

They are the elves’ Christmas trees
Grandfather would say
of Ground Pine and Cedar
Once in the sun I laid on snow
eye level to see colored lights and bulbs
the size of frozen dew drops

They are lycopodiums, he’d say
teaching me again to pronounce the name
because scientific words have the sounds of poetry

Lie-ko-po-dee-um

You’ve got it, he’d laugh
his hearty red face broadening behind his white beard
his abundant frame rollicking

When I return home for the holidays
I always walk back to our woods
think of Grandfather assuring a small boy
Yes,I’ll see that the elves have a happy Christmas

I am glad lie-ko-po-dee-um is evergreen

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Allegany Nature Pilgrimage 2009

Old Growth Walk
Old Growth Walk (Photo by Patty)

Last weekend the 51st annual Allegany Nature Pilgrimage was held in Allegany State Park. This is my 14th year attending the pilgrimage and my 11th year as a trip leader. The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage was started by Gilbert Burgeson (aka Gib) who traveled to Tennesee to visit their daughter. While in Tennessee he attended the Smokey Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage and said, “Why can’t we have a pilgrimage? Why not at Allegany Park?”! Over the past 51 years the organization still frequently has visitors from all over the United States, Canada and other Countries to attend the Pilgrimage weekend. (more…)


Nature Haiku – Bees

Queen Anns Lace

By Young Naturalist C

Bees
Black and yellow stripes
Buzzing around the flowers
Spreading the pollen
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Nature Haiku – Dandelions

Dandelions

By Young Naturalist C

Dandelions
Bright dandelions
With time, turn to silken fluff
Little children’s friend
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Nature Haikus – Flowers

bloodroot flower

By Young Naturalist C

Flowers
Blooming everywhere
Beautifully sweet smelling
Where the green grass grows
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