My first wildflower photo of 2012 came as a bit of a surprise. The Carolina Spring Beauties – Claytonia caroliniana are about two weeks earlier than I’ve ever seen them.
The flowers are pretty enough to bring me to my knees.
The woods held a couple more surprises. Besides the spring beauties I also found wild leeks (ramps) and a number of garter snakes around the rock outcrop.
The leeks are nearly ready to harvest. I’ll be eating wild leek – potato soup early this year.
Anyone living in the Canton, NY area want some wild leeks? I’d be happy to pick extra.
Garter Snake – Thamnophis sirtalis
For some reason I don’t believe garter snakes got the name because women used them to hold up their stockings.