Right now, beneath the trees, the forest floor is dotted with delicate, shimmering flowers known as Spring Beauty.
The color variation among plants is, interestingly, due to the plant’s attempt to maintain a delicate balance between attracting pollinators (crimson flowers) and not attracting predators (white flowers).
I photographed some of these Spring Beauty along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and some of them in the little strip of woods right behind my house. Spring Beauty are blooming in many places right now, if you stop to look, and are a lovely, welcome sign that spring has arrived.
Yes, we had a little chat about why one doesn’t pick the flowers, but can you blame her for wanting to study one up close?