Sunday in the Park

Sunday, March 11: Spring is busting out all over! The warm, sunny day weekend drew lots of walkers and runner into the LBA Woods today. Puddles and wallows are noticeable smaller. Chattering winter wrens in the understory and scouting ravens in the tree tops provided a suitably seasonal soundtrack. This fine weather won’t last–so get outside for a ramble soon to discover more signs of the changing season.

The leaf buds of the Big-Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) are much larger and are set on opposite sides of the twig.

Diminutive buds swell on the sharply angled green stems of the native Red Huckleberry (Vaccinium parvifolium).

New leaves of the Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra Formosa) (below) emerge from the leaf litter to begin the greening of the forest floor.