How could a person look at this boldness of yellow and not covet some of their own? By the time the Forsythia blooms, the thousands of Daffodils have been blooming for a good month, mostly the early yellow ones, I may have been yellowed out.
There is something too about the Forsythia in its solid coverage that reminds me of the vile and overused Bougainvillea in Hawaii. I never coveted any of that either. Instead I enjoyed it in other people's gardens and let them suffer the consequences.
The violets are proving to be the most difficult flower to capture in pixels. They resist a clear closeup.
Viola canadensis is the fourth Violet species to bloom in the forest, just in time for the return of winter. Snow and freezing temperatures are diagnosed for the next two days. How will all the tender shoots and blooms fare?
While photographing the resistant violet, I saw a new addition to the wakening forest floor. Asarum canadense, the Wild Ginger is up and blooming. I knew they were in this general location from last year and had been watching for them.
The unique flowers bloom beneath the leaves and are visible only by making an effort to find them. This Ginger is a member of the Aristolochiaceae family.
I walk through the forest almost daily, so it is a surprise of sorts when one day something appears that was not there yesterday.
Viola pubescens or Viola pensylvanica, there is some debate, whatever, it is a different yellow Violet than the Viola rotundifolia. The leaves are different. Except for a few more brown etching marks in the V. pensylvanica, the flowers are nearly identical.
Spring has been put on hold for a few days. Winter is resisting.