View 123: A Walk in the Woods

Walking in the woods in Spring is a sensory delight.  The leafs of the trees are not fully out yet and the sunlight dapples on the forest floor.  There is the fresh smell of growth everywhere and the birds and small mammals create a concert of sounds.  That was the setting for my walk on the Lake Loop trail at the Beaver Lake Nature Center near Baldwinsville, New York.

A Walk in the Woods

From top left, some Umbrella Plants, Fern fronds unraveling and young Red Maple leafs unfolding on the Lake Loop trail around Beaver Lake.

Some of the sights I encountered was what has been called Umbrella Plants (top left in collage) but I am not sure what they are.  Anybody know?  The ferns were just unraveling and would soon be creating food from the bright sunlight above.  The Red Maples, having finished flowering for the season, were extending their food producing machines of thousands of young leafs from their branches.

Spring, when Nature starts anew.  Enjoy!

UPDATE: The mystery plants have been identified.  They are Mayapples and even Wikipedia describes them as umbrella-like. :)

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15 Responses to View 123: A Walk in the Woods

  1. giiid says:

    Oh, very nice with a spring mosaic! Lovely brown/orange colors. The right photo (top) is also very interesting.

  2. Carsten says:

    This time of the year is my favourite season for walking in the wood.
    I like your image of the unfolding Maple leafs. I imagine that these colors are what’s left when autumn comes, and the green is withdrawn to the tree. The two other species are new to me – and interesting.

  3. Karma says:

    Mmmmm … your photos make me “smell” the scent of a spring forest! Isn’t fresh spring dirt a wonderful smell? ;-)

  4. Gerry says:

    Miss Sadie and the Cowboy are giddy, sniffing the news in each dewy corner, spiraling down the road in a delirium of Spring! Spring!

    I long to find mayapples with the little “apples” still on them, but the deer always get there before me. I long to take that good a photo of ferns unfurling, but will have to settle for visiting same here. Not a bad option, that. Nice walking with you Scott!

  5. jeffstroud says:

    I followed the lead to your blog through kathy, Lake superior spirit! I am a budding photographer and well as a reluctant bloger, which is my blogs name.
    This above photographs are rich and beautiful as the spring itself. Which what I seek to capture in my work as well. Thank you for sharing your walk!

    I am Love, Jeff

  6. Kathy says:

    You have inspired an Afternoon Walk in the Woods, Scott. Could you also inspire the morel mushrooms to be found? Love your photos, as always! There is something special about unfurling red maple leaves.

  7. A walk in the woods during Springtime is a never ending pleasure after the long Winter ! Those are nice plants and leaves, Scott. The ferns are amongst my favourites, your photo is delightful.

  8. Love what you captured here and looks like it was a nice day to walk in the woods :)

  9. Nye says:

    This brings me back to my childhood memories in Thailand, the wood is definitely a place to explore and so many beautiful wild flowers. I wish I had a camera back then.

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