One Season in the Life of a Trout Lily – HollerPhenology

Just posted my experience observing phenophases of a Trout Lily this spring…

Erythronium americanum, April 8, 2015  [Photo: Cathie Bird]

Erythronium americanum, April 8, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird]

When conditions are right, a significant stretch of land between the edge of my lane and the west bank of Hudson Branch (a headwater stream of the Cumberland River) is pretty much carpeted with them. Most of them are single leaves that won’t produce flowers for several years. I’m guessing this stretch of the holler had 100-150 trout lilies blooming this year, and some of them are quite large by now.

This was a great year for DTV1 and for me: it was the first time I recall catching all of its phenophases, from leaves up to seeds out. So, here’s an image and narrative caption summary of what I saw and learned about trout lilies this spring.

Read more at One Season in the Life of a Trout Lily – HollerPhenology.

The latest holler awesomeness: butterflies, moths and a little red eft – HollerPhenology

See my latest post at HollerPhenology:

After I saw the rare and local Golden-banded Skipper on May 6th, I wondered what I could see here in the holler that could be anymore exciting. This week I found out that the joy of rarity can be topped by multiple unusualnesses.

Viceroy (Lemenitis archippus) on May 16, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird]

Viceroy (Lemenitis archippus) on May 16, 2015 [Photo: Cathie Bird]

The latest holler awesomeness: butterflies, moths and a little red eft – HollerPhenology.

An amazing Trillium recovery – HollerPhenology

Just posted at my HollerPhenology blog:

Trillium1 on April 11, 2015. [Photo: Cathie Bird]

Trillium1 on April 11, 2015. [Photo: Cathie Bird]

 My experiences with Trillium1 this spring have left me with many thoughts, not only about how I engage with other life forms, but also about resilience and possibilities for healing from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fractures that life in this material dimension of Earth imposes at times.

An amazing Trillium recovery – HollerPhenology.