As Walt Whitman might proclaim: I'm the witness. I was there. I am there!
Here is a recent poem about the lurching nature of early spring:
One of the early signs of spring is the blooming of the serviceberry tree (which is called "sarvis" in Kentucky and the Appalachians). I have recently written a poem about this blooming:
|Sarvis in bloom|
Linda and I walk in all the parks around Northeast Ohio. Many of them are excellent places for wildflowers (I think of Big Creek and Headwaters Park in Geauga; Penitentiary Glenn and Girdled Road Reservation in Lake County; North Chagrin and South Chagrin in Cuyahoga County). And so many more! Northeast Ohio might not be as good as Eastern Kentucky and the Smoky Mountains for wildflowers--but it is pretty darn good!
Here are some recent photos of local wildflowers:
|Trillium--one of my favorite wildflowers|
|A field of trillium (Headwaters Park, Geauga County)|
|Squirrel Corn (with some blue violets)|
|Marsh marigold (Booth Road, Kirtland Hills)|
|Bluebells, Girdled Road Reservation|