This was the first warm day this spring and still there was snow on the ground in places. The temperature was in the low 40's when we started out but later in the day we saw 55 degrees and sunshine.
First stop Happy Boots, a swampy woods in Allegan County, filled with wildflowers.
Trout Lily in bud
Round Lobed Hepatica
A jumble of Round Lobed Hepatica just starting to bloom
We saw this red mite, I saw a Garter Snake, a unidentified butterfly, a few other bugs, and Water Striders.
Water Strider with shadow, Sand Creek Allegan County.
After two hours enjoying Happy Boots we were off to Hepatica Hill. Hepatica Hill is a location that was shared, several years ago, from Mark Cassino (CalArti: A Photographer's Journal)
Here it is Hepatica Hill! I know it doesn't look like much, until you look closely.
Then you start to see them everywhere!
Hepatica! Each one is special, a difference in color from deep purple, blue, pink, even white, some with just a few petals and some with many petals.
They look very delicate, perched on such a rough and scoured hillside. So colorful among the dry brown leaves.
Well that was probably enough for one day, but after spending almost two more hours at Hepatica Hill, we stopped in at Silver Creek County Park to check on the Trailing Arbutus. But we found none blooming.
We also drove down 133rd Avenue, but found little blooming. Some Spring Beauty, Hepatica, a Dandelion, and Trout Lily in bud.
It was a great day to be outside, and fun to see my favorite spring wildflower. Hepatica