Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Magical Walk in the Woods, Part 2

In the parking lot, a female killdeer feigned an injury to lead me away from her babies.
She made an odd warbling sound to make it realistic.
I skirted the area where her young were barely visible in the grass ...
and went into the forest.

Wild Ginger, Asarum caudatum

Wild ginger is making a comeback in the canyon.
I had never seen it flower ...
When I came across a patch of these lemony-ginger scented plants, I gently moved aside the distinctive heart-shaped leaves and found this beautiful bloom.

Broad-leaved Starflower, Trientalis latifolia

There are so many of these starflowers blooming in the woods. The flower stalk is so dainty, I don't know how this flower is held up!

Fendler's Waterleaf, Hydrophyllum fendleri

In the deepest part of the woods, these waterleaf plants have not yet begun to blossom. Towards the top of the canyon, however, a little sunlight has created this cascade of fireworks!

Western Trumpet Honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa

This beautiful orange flower has always been one of my favorites.
I remember as a child we would pluck the individual flowers out taste the nectar. Now I leave these beauties for the hummingbirds!


  1. Aaaaah, makes me homesick, Sissy! I remember when I grew wild ginger in my garden. Remember my garden? An oasis in the middle of the blueberry field?

    Ah these incredibly beautiful magical photos make me long for the forest and a long walk beneath those fragrant fir and cedars amongst the wild flowers of our youth!

  2. That little kildare really looks like she has a problem! Brilliant little birdie! (grin)

  3. lots of great stuff in this post. Killdeer - i love those guys. the wild ginger here isn't blooming yet that i've seen. love that honeysuckle!