Since winter I had been eyeing a strange small island in the middle of one of the creeks running through Baxter’s Hollow, and after a few months it occurred to me that it was covered in horsetails. Today the water was finally low enough for me to jump rocks across to inspect. Indeed, it is a magical little island absolutely covered in horsetails.
Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) and skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
The difference a few weeks makes! Everything is so lush.
Spring ephemerals!!! Featuring:
marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) (and a bit of skunk cabbage in the background), wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia), spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), and large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora).
Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) – 9/17 at Historic Yates Mill, North Carolina