This hiking partner of mine either dashes down trails at (approximately) 100 mph or stops completely, because something demands his attention. On a recent hike on the Scout Trail at Claude Moore Park, some very important items warranted further examination.
This gave me the opportunity to look a little closer at the sea of green around me, and to notice flowers that, on a faster walk, I might not have seen.
I wasn’t familiar with Solomon’s Seal when I took these pictures, but I looked it up at home and read that one can eat the flowers of this native plant, which are sweet like candy.
The next flower, when viewed from above, might be mistaken for a bent leaf.
Viewed from the side, however, Jack-in-the-Pulpit’s beauty is striking.
To me, these were a wonderful treasure to find in the forest.