Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

This past Saturday was a blue sky day, ideal for walking in the woods.  Glen Helen Nature Preserve offered a good warm-up hike.  We followed Birch Creek to the footbridge over the cascades and on the return leg kept our balance crossing the stepping stone walkway.  After enjoying lunch at the Winds in Yellow Springs, we were treated to seeing several early wildflowers in John Bryan State Park.  Spring beauties, of course, were prolific.  Dutchman’s breeches blew in the wind, especially on moss encased rocks that might also showcase the tiny bishop’s-cap.  Large -flowered trillium filled spaces that get more sun and will soon cover the hillsides on the South Gorge Trail.  A few sessile trillium were spotted along with blue and yellow violets, yellow trout-lilies, bluets, and ground-ivy.  A lonely jack-in-the-pulpit called out as we headed up the John L. Rich segment of trail.  Our return on the North Rim featured beds of the delightful Virgina bluebells.  This coming weekend promises another opportunity to enjoy Ohio’s spring wildflowers.

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