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May Wildflowers

image of fern fiddleheads

"You're my best frond."

What wildflowers are blooming in mid-May? In my region, the greater Ohio Valley and a good bit of the northeastern US, we’re enjoying a lot of gentle greens with touches of white and yellow. I did a slideshow of local woodland wildflowers about this time last May. The common flower names are at the top of each image. One of these days I’ll add music.

I’m documenting walks along local trails to capture the flora you’d see along the trails as you walked. I’m familiar enough with the trails near me to know what blooms when, since it’s been one of my projects from before my digital camera. I’ve got loads of shots on film, but they aren’t in sequence as these are.

This project is intended to one day become an online and perhaps print reference for the wildflowers of the Lower Chartiers Watershed, so I’ll be keeping them organized by trail. Wildflowers are amazingly predictable, and anyone else would be able to walk the trail around the same time I did in another year and see these wildflowers in about this sequence. So far I’ve visited the Panhandle Trail area, but I’ll also be visiting Kane’s Woods in Scott Township, Wingfield Pines in Upper St. Clair, to name a few.

These images are provided for familiarity rather than strict scientific identification; I am not a scientist, and my goal is first to take good photographs, then to give people a general appreciation of the beauty of their local wildflowers. The names are accurate, but I’ll keep to the most common name to make it easier for you to find these in guidebooks and pursue more information. Just enjoy looking at them.

You can see more flora, fauna and much else on my website under Photography.

3 responses

  1. ooohhh, such a lovely picture. Reminds me of a scene from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland somehow. I love flowers. May is certainly beautiful 🙂

    May 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

  2. I really enjoyed the 3 slideshows of wildflowers you did – especially the ones that had butterflies on too! So many beautiful photos!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:53 am

    • Suzanne, thanks for visiting! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos–hard to believe two of them were from just one walk on a local trail, and one was largely from my own backyard. Beauty is everywhere! I see you are from the British Isles–my grasp of real geography is pitiful, but you made a reference to mountains “close to home” and mentioned Scotland and Ireland too! How green it is there. I just want to walk right in. I hope you enjoy your mountain climbing training! ~Bernadette

      May 24, 2010 at 2:07 am

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