Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Winter Botany

I saw my first of the year blooming Cardamine pensylvanica in a powerline cut in the Current River Hills this week, little white flowers on a sumptuously green stalk. Temperatures are supposed to skyrocket into the lower 50s by the weekend, which will surely make all of this ice and snow melt away into the muddy ground. Meanwhile, wintering stalks of grasses and forbs are degrading quickly under all this precipitation, leaving only a whisper of their late fall structure.

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