Flowers of Green

Heading into the Woods

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.

A Rotten Log

Henry, age 4, fascinated by a rotten log.

Finding an Ant

Studying one black ant.

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.

Solomon's Seal from Above

Solomon’s Seal viewed from above.

Solomon Seal

A side view of Solomon’s Seal, showing the flowers.

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.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Side

Jack-in-the-Pulpit, best viewed by getting close to the ground.

To me, these were a wonderful treasure to find in the forest.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit Close Up

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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