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Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

This is one of my favorite early blooming wildflowers. The blossom has five pink striped petals that range from white to pale pink. This plant is apparently rare on Long Island, but at Shu Swamp it’s abundant. Advertisements

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Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

This is one of the first butterflies seen in spring. It rarely lands with its wings open, so you only see the bright blue color in flight. This one took me about ten minutes to photograph. They rarely stay still!

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Marsh Marigold (Calthra palustris)

This was the only one blooming on my hike yesterday. I always forget that all parts of this plant are quite poisonous to humans. Touching it can cause skin irritation. The woods near my home will soon be full of … Continue reading

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Kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

This is a tiny flower that blooms in early spring. It’s leaves are kidney shaped, and the flower is quite amazing when looked at up close. This species is also known as Little-leafed buttercup.

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Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Probably the most recognized wildflower/weed, depending on how you look at it. These flowers are edible and extremely important to bees because of the early season nectar and pollen they provide.

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Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)

I expect to see many more of these in the upcoming weeks. This flower is a sign that spring is here. They have an edible tuber that can be eaten. I have never tasted it, but it apparently tastes like … Continue reading

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Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)

I’ve been looking for these species for a few days now. It closely resembles Lesser Celandine. The invasive species that is currently blanketing every patch of open space in my neighborhood. Marsh Marigold is a native species and has a … Continue reading

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Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum)

Amazing what a few warm days can do. On my walk this morning these lilies were in full bloom. They can grow solely or in large colonies. Their gray-green mottled leaves seem to carpet the forest floor. They apparently got … Continue reading

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