Sometimes I see things in the woods that I have no idea what they are. Sometimes I wonder how I even notice them. Like this little flower, on a green plant growing close to the ground. This teeny clump of flowers was smaller than the nail on my little finger.
Much easier to notice, but still a mystery to me are these red plants growing in a marshy area. Do you know what these swamp creatures are?
They don’t grow only in water, as pictured below. While this was wet and muddy, it was definitely on shore.
I first noticed these unusual red growths back in December. The first time I saw one, it seemed to jump out, shouting Notice me! Since them, I’ve noticed many of them. These seem to be an abnormality on these canes, but there are many of them. They seem to be located along a particular 1/2 mile section of the creek. While I find these thorny plants elsewhere, I don’t find the bumpy red growth on them. Could it be that the soil is different in this part? It is more of a marsh-like area, but it isn’t nearer to the water than elsewhere, though the bank is lower and more likely to flood.
Another view: different plant, same type of growth.
The Known, but easily unnoticed:
The first yellow burst open yesterday. The other daffodils followed today.
Unless you look closely, you won’t notice that the trees are starting to bud. Most still don’t look green, but I’ve seen a few bushes and trees with red or yellow branches that are starting to show color.
The viburnum bush outside my study window has leaves that often turn an orange-red color in the fall. This year it seems that it never lost its green color. It’s early, but the buds are starting to emerge. In about a month, when I open my window, the scent will be lovely at first, then overpowering like some granny’s flowery perfume.