We were working at our Rulo Bluffs Preserve this week. While Nelson was shredding brush on the ridge tops, I was pulling garlic mustard and killing small trees. I also found time to take a few photos. Here is one of a small Symphoricarpus plant (a small shrub – I’m not sure which species it is. Probably coralberry). I liked the way the light from the overcast sky brought out the subtle color and texture in the leaves.
The Nature Conservancy’s Rulo Bluffs Preserve., Nebraska.
I also found a brown snake, a bright red bug nymph, a shiny metallic fly, and more. I’ll share those photos next week, once I get time to work through them.
This time of year, for a short time, leaves become flowers
Well said. Not much blooming right now (at least not big showy plants) but there are lots of colors in leaves, stems, and other parts of plants.
I guess that depends on your definition of “big.” Right now the Lady’s-slipper orchids are saying “not much blooming … showy?” Are we forgotten so quickly? A number of trees are saying “Hey, I’m big and trying hard to get some much deserved attention.”
Are you sure you orchids aren’t larkspur?
Yes, I’m sure our local Cypripediums aren’t Delphinium tricorne. Delphinium tricorne is not native where I live and I’ve never seen it. Although “Plants of the Chicago Region” says it has been introduced in some locations within the region.