A Tangle of Bright Moments: Greenness is a Kind of Grief

“The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.” ― From “The Trees” by Philip Larkin

 

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Another walk on the Northern Rail Trail in New Hampshire, on a mid-May day when temps hit 66F. (See past visits in April 2019)  This time there were a few flowers.

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serviceberry (amelanchier) flowers
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bluets (Houstonia caerulea)
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maple tree flowers and leaves swirling in wind

Some sort of beetle (maybe a chafer beetle) on the red oak leaves and serviceberry shrub, and a lot of them.

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Always exciting to find spotted wintergreen (Chimaphila maculata) peeking out from leaves on the ground.

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This is bristly haircap moss (Polytrichum piliferum) with male antheridial splash cups, part of their reproductive system (ID per a couple folks on a Facebook moss page). Moss don’t have flowers but these certainly remind me of flower buds.

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Pond and trail.

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Featured image: old-style mile marker
This is one in a series of posts revisiting field trips taken from January to June 2019, as described here.

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