03-21-14 Field Note

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03-21-14 Field Note

March 28, 2014

Rebecca Durham's Field Note chronicles a search for spring splendor.

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How far must you travel to find a little splendor? A traverse of less than 1/3 mile, like my path near Tongue Creek (above), yields infinite diversity and splendor.

White nutlets from last year’s bloom cling to a dormant puccoon (Lithospermum ruderale).

In the midst of the maelstrom, one drop stills, dances to displacement, and quietude trills.

Past the arms of a ponderosa, spring snow whitens the sky (Pinus ponderosa).

An ornate insect gall deviates the normal form of Woods’ rose (Rosa woodsii).

An exposed rock pageants an ever changing community of crustose lichens.

Submerged leaves from autumn past retain brilliance.

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