Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sign of Spring

Yesterday during the brief warm spell I took a walk through Cedar Bend Nature Area, and also adjacent land owned by the University of Michigan.  Cedar Bend Nature Area is the oldest park in Ann Arbor.  Snow had retreated faster on the south facing hillside overlooking the Huron River and I saw this sign of Spring.

In the dark lower wetter spots, Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus in the Araceae family) was peeking out.

Also, I came across this leaf, Round-Lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana in the Ranunculaceae family), which survived intact from last year.  I wonder if it is still collecting solar energy for its roots.

Cedar Bend Nature Area today.  Old man winter is having a last laugh, but that sign of Spring, now buried under the snow, was unmistakeable.