I’m delighted to say that spring has arrived in Kentucky woods. On recent hikes at Natural Bridge State Park, I spotted several small (½ inch) Scarlet Cup mushrooms (Sarcoscypha dudleyi). These spring mushrooms always add a bright note to any hike.
Although I was delighted to find the mushrooms, I was really hoping to find some flowers, and I wasn’t disappointed. I saw several Hepaticas (Hepatica nobilis var. acuta). I like the white and pink blossoms, and I’m especially drawn to the lavendar ones. I find it interesting that these wildflowers are native to central and northern Europe as well as eastern North America.
I also found a few Spring Beauties (Claytonia virginica). These tiny blossoms (less than ½ inch) are easily overlooked unless you find them growing in a mass, as they sometimes do in lawns or meadows.
This close-up reminds me that small can be quite beautiful.
It was great to be in the woods again, and to discover some sure signs of spring.